Monday, September 10, 2018

Not Bad: 1994 Saab 9000 Aero

This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes:  Dudes--- I certainly don't need another high strung Saab turbo in my life with the Viggen gettin all dusty in my shop but I know someone else does. Sounds like it was owned by a respectable Saab nerd, as most are. What gave it away? The spreadsheet of parts, cost and source. Seriously, 2k for a teal, turbo'd, and tri-spoke equipped gentlemans express. Not bad.  Not bad at all Johnny.  Find this 1994 Saab 9000 Aero offered for $2000 in Nob Hill, NM via craigslist.

From the seller:

1994 Saab 9000 Aero 
condition: fair 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: fwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 215000 
paint color: green 
size: mid-size 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: hatchback 
I originally posted this ad in late July, but was on the road for work for about a month. I never responded to any calls - if you tried to get in touch, you're welcome to try again.

I have a 1994 Saab 9000 Aero for sale.

I bought this 3 years ago off a buddy as a project car. At the time, it had a leaking clutch slave cylinder and exterior headgasket coolant leak. Engine and transmission both came out to fix these issues. These early 90's 9000's often have TCS, which fails and can be irreparable later in life. This car does not, which is great. It also has the aero trim, Recaro leather seats, Mitsubishi TD-04HL turbo. It pulls like a rocketship, just a blast to drive. But here's the deal - I don't really care about swedish cars and I just don't have the passion to keep up with this thing as a project.

The interior is clean and whole. No rips, no foam showing. It comes with an OEM, tested, functioning T5 cassette for troubleshooting, as well as a junkyard fuel pump.

If you want to boost everywhere, you can drive the mileage as low as you want. If you drive like a responsible human being, you can get 32 MPG without a problem.

While I was in there, I addressed quite a few things. All parts are OEM where available:
New headgasket
New water pump
New performance clutch kit (OEM - $500, damn - that turbo is pricy)
New CV half axles
New turbo gaskets
New air filter/oil filter/etc
New belts
New radiator
New turbo boost pressure controller
New exhaust and intake manifold studs & gaskets
Cleaned fuel injectors
New tires - Ascend Yokohama AWD, bought new last fall.\
New battery, last spring

I'm sure there are a few more things. I have a spreadsheet of the parts, cost, and source somewhere that I can provide.

Slow oil leak out of an exhaust stud
Just a little smoke on start up, I think related to the oil exhaust stud issue
Check valve on fuel pump has failed, so it needs ~5s of startup time to get fuel to the engine.
Previous owner painted a primer patch over some failing paint on the hood - don't ask me why. It's about 6" x 10"
I'm not sure if the battery holds a charge because I don't drive it, but it's only about 18 months old.

It runs and drives just fine, but needs to be topped up with oil occasionally. I'm willing to entertain trades.

I can take calls after 5 pm on workdays or any time on weekends. 

See a better way to drive teal?


  1. I've got the 1995 iteration with 98k mi with nascent TDS/ETC issues, but I digress. Fifteen minutes with a damp sponge would leave me feeling much less dirty after looking at those pictures.

    The car.

    The sponge would go in the car.

    I'm stopping now.

  2. "The interior is clean and whole."
    Next time take the photos after you vacuum the interior.
    Still, for $2k it ain't bad except I've already got a dumb SAAB in my driveway...


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