It is with great reluctance that I am putting my 1991 9000 Turbo up for sale. With the birth of my first son it became clear that I have zero time to drive, enjoy and maintain 5 SAABs. Definitely a hard pill to swallow. I recently sold my 1993 900 Commemorative, which was painful enough, but another one must go. This is a fantastic car and I am still in love with the way it looks and drives. The 1991 9000 turbo has held a place in my heart since I was a kid and I bought this one for two reasons. It filled the hole left when my red 1991 9000T died in a crash 12 years ago and the previous owner was a SAAB nut who very meticulously maintained this and his other 1994 Aero.
First, the Bad: I had planned to keep this for a long time so when a couple issues recently arose, I figured I’d address them next winter, but now I will unfortunately be selling the car with at least a couple problems. The biggest issue is some rust at the RR shock mount and behind the RR wheel well. I was quoted $400 to fix both areas. The most obvious issue, but definitely the easiest and cheapest to fix, would be the rusted rear muffler. The muffler is $60. The rest of the exterior looks good, with minor paint fade near the sunroof and a small area on the hood. The are small scrapes and scuffs here and there, but nothing you notice from 10 feet away. The front bumper looks almost new while the rear bumper has a small crack and a few scuffs from parking. It is a 25 year old car.
Now, the Good: The car shifts perfectly, boosts hard and is smooth as silk on the highway. It drives well, shows well and feels faster than a stock Viggen or stock 9000 Aero. The 1991 9000 is lighter, has closer gear ratios and turbo spools up faster than both of them.
The interior is what I would call very good condition. Recently replaced items include the headliner, sunroof headliner and a-pillar fabric. The seats and door panels are from a 1997 9000 Aero and are in excellent condition, the only exception being a small crack in the driver seat. The seat heater pads were replaced 10k miles ago. The dash has a 5″ crack in the center near the windshield. All the dash lights and switches function perfectly. Both the AC and heat work very well.
The exterior shows well, especially for a 25 year old car and the engine is so strong you’d swear it was a car half its age. There is Recently replaced items include the rear brake rotors & pads, fan switch (all have 1k miles), Crank Position Sensor, DI Cassette, Fuel pump, fuel pump relay, fuel injector relay, both front wheel bearings (all have 5k miles), windshield, tires, radiator, heater core, clutch, clutch slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder, upper motor mount, lower motor mount (all have 10k miles), AC compressor, thermostat, serpentine belt, center muffler, water pump, crank pulley & seal, and both ball joints (all have 20k miles). The list goes on and on. I have all the service records since 1995. The most notable repair items include the transmission, turbo and head gasket, all of which have 46k miles on them. To sum it all up, this is classic SAAB with an older, well maintained body, an interior makeover and a heart transplant. I believe it has many more miles to give.
The car is available for purchase one of two ways, with very nice 16″ Aero wheels wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact tires with about 75% tread life or with 15×6″ teardrop wheels wrapped in Cooper snow tires with about 80% tread life remaining. The price is $2,100 with the Aero wheels and $1,800 with the snow tires. I am open to possible trades, but only for C900 turbo convertibles plus cash on either end.
This is a great chance to own the rarest & best looking 9000 and arguably the fastest SAAB in stock trim.
Also, the car has e-code headlights in VG condition.
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