Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Flying Swede: 1996 Saab 9000 Aero

The Saab 9000 was the last of a long line of Scandinavian engineered front-drive luxury sedans from the internal madmen at Saab, designed before it was swallowed up by the General Monster.  It was the product of a joint project between Saab and Fiat called the Type Four platform, and in production was the Lancia Thema, Saab 9000, Fiat Croma, Alfa Romeo 164.  But only the Saab offered Giorgetto Giugiaro styling, a turbocharged engine, body kit, Recaro seats, sport suspension and 16-inch wheels.  Find this 1996 Saab 9000 Aero offered for $4,000 in Denver, CO via craigslist.  Tip from Zach Z.

Tipper Zach writes: Price is high but is post-95, therefore has the preferred non-TCS throttle body failure mode pending.  Wrong DIC installed.  Mileage isn't bad.  Would want to see underside with its CT/VT roots.  Would rather have the tan interior like this one than the charcoal grey that is in mine.  Drivers seat certainly needs some love.

The 9000 Aero is powered by a 2.3 liter turbocharged version of Saab's B234 engine that is boosted to 225 horsepower with a Mitsubishi TD04 turbo. The little Saab 4-banger will make torque and horsepower anytime the turbo is spooled up, with a bonus of good fuel economy when the snail is relaxed.

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  1. And it's certainly missing the SuperAero wheels - unless they're shod with the winter tires...

  2. It looks like a nice enough car, the green looks pretty good on those.

    He ought to put the summer wheels/tires back on the car for the ad pics.

  3. Do these suffer from torque steer? (General Monster lol)

    1. A little, but by FWD standards not much. Not as much as the later GM-based 900/9-3 was renowned for.

      This was the joint Fiat (Croma/Lancia Thema)/Alfa (164)/Saab platform, GM didn't buy into Saab until this was already on the market.

      The transaxle, though, is a GM F35, which is a good thing as it's tough and there are helical LSDs available for it.

      As of mid '96 Saab also switched their fours to the GM Ecotec bellhousing pattern, which makes swapping other GM transaxles possible; I think there's at least a couple running around with F40 6-speeds. The gear spacing on the F40 isn't any tighter than the F35 5-speed, but the big four ought to comfortably pull the taller top gear.

    2. Gearboxes?

  4. They can, depending on how heavy your foot is and the rubber you've got on the wheels. Quafie has a LSD conversion that runs about $800 in parts plus install that will more than solve.

  5. Another option in Minneapolis for $1400, Stage 3 tune and some awful pictures -


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