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Old 14th January 2005
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Hi there folks,

I was wondering if you could help me out.

I am looking at buying a '95 9000 CS Ecopower (4sp Auto) and I was wondering if anyone here has had experience with this vehicle and could tell me a little about what I should look for with this purchase. I did check out the buyers guides reccomended in the FAQ section, but was hoping for something a bit more specific to this model (if possible).

- How does this particular model stack up compared to similar ones?
- Anything in particular I should look out for with this model?
- Any other comments that might be of use to me?
- The car has about 120000 miles (195000 km) on the clock too... is that something I should be concerned about?

Thanks in advance everyone.

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Welcome Nils

Unless you really can't drive stick or don't plan on learing how, skip the Auto.
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Old 15th January 2005
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Thanks for the tip.

The gearbox not SAABs best work huh? The car will probably be used for city driving mostly, so I wasn't planning on buying a manual. (That and the fact that I haven't driven a manual for a few years.)

Is the automatic gearbox only an issue in the 1995 model year, or a problem with all the 9000s?

I guess to rephrase the question, if I was looking at buying an automatic 9000, which years should I look for?
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1994 and up transmissions were updated, so I wouldn't recommend anything previous that. If you do go with an auto, expect a rebuild anywhere from 100k to 150k. Also, 94 and later had a drain plug, so you can do regular fluid changes to lengthen the life between rebuilds/replacements.
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Ok.

So basically, if I decide to go ahead with a purchase, I should find a good mechanic and make sure I have a few grand lying around for such purposes....

That's unfortunate.

Why, oh why, couldn't I want a Corolla?!
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Had to reply, 'cause at the moment I think I feel just like you.

Was thinking I'd put my money down on a 95 9000 CS 2.3

looked at it, drove it, loved it, now from talking to others, I'm having real doubts

the thing could be reliable, but if anything does go wrong, sounds like it'll cost a mint

but, God, I don't wanna buy a Toyota...
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It's terrible isn't it?

I need to find myself a nice rich sugar momma, so that I can bump her off and not worry about it...
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Check out this post:

https://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=42055

give boxman's write-up a read.
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It's terrible isn't it?

I need to find myself a nice rich sugar momma, so that I can bump her off and not worry about it...
My buddy did that for a while and got two Lexuses out of it . Let's just say that she didn't go easy on her sugar intake.
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If you like the auto and like the car, do all the checks that Boxman advises in the other thread and if it is ok, the buy the car, the others do not like the principal of the auto, not due to having had unreliable auto cars but down to not liking autos in principal, as stated, I do and have had 5 auto Saabs, only one has ever had any work done on it, the valve box was done at the cost of £100, so go with what you want and not by someone’s dislike of autos.

My 3.0 V6 has 225bhp and 205lb torque and it will eat most cars for breakfast, but that is not the point of the car, I like it for ease of use, it is great around a city for start stop driving, and compared to the manual version it has a lot higher gearing, so it is great for cruising doing 75mph at 2500rpm it is a lot quieter than any manual.

You want to be a bit individual as you like a Saab, so be the same with your choice, if you like autos then buy one.
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Thanks all for the advice. I had a read of Boxman's post and will bear it all in mind when I take the car for a test drive.

If all else fails, I will consider purchasing a manual... the constant shifting up and down in congested city traffic irks me somewhat, but damn... it beats the hell out of a corolla!
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