December 27, 2012 in News
terry9000k said on December 27, 2012
Amazing how fresh & up to date it all feels, even nearly 15 years after production stopped…..!!
Angelo V. said on December 27, 2012
It really is incredible, isn’t it? Talk about being ahead of the times—-the sheetmetal is fresh and beautiful, interior as good as anything today that sells for under 50-60K. Safety advancements, road-holding, wet weather/snow traction—-and powertrain longevity as Jersey Saab touts below. We need Saab back.
Olav said on December 27, 2012
Exactly! That was my thought as well. Forever SAAB!
JerseySaab said on December 27, 2012
Mine is the best car I’ve ever owned even with 300,000 miles on the clock.
Ivar M said on December 27, 2012
I have a 9000 CSE 2,3 Turbo 1998 model with 275 HP (225 HP original), car in midnighblue colour and almost in new condition and have only run 85 000 summer kilometer in Sweden (no corrosion). I think the safety of the 9000 was 10-20 years ahead of other car manufacturers.
Is there anybody who is keeping a register that show how many cars that still is in use ?
It may be time to start collecting cars that are in good condition.
This is a good site in the UK.
Shows how many left here:
I don’t know if similar data is available anywhere else in the world.
ss9000k said on December 27, 2012
Ya why not start collecting, I have my 9000 CD turbo as a nice piece of history and the 9000 is truly a great representation of Saabs heritage. A few years ago there was a registery, but now the forum is what is left: http://www.saab9000.se
Make the hatchback today. Change as little as possible—whatever is needed to meet new emissions/safety regulations. And actually, the old 900 of this era lends itself even better to this idea.
Quixcube said on December 28, 2012
I was actually thinking about that today while I was following a honda Accord Crosstour. It’s a monstrous vehicle, but in many ways they were going after the same market that the old 9000 hatch went after. The Crosstour (part of it anyway) was meant to be practical, useable, easily reconfigurable, very premium and fun to drive. Some other part of the team went after faux-off-road and then the styling just went crazy creating blindspots everywhere. The entire “form follows function” that dictated the 9000′s design was totally skipped on the Crosstour.
So, Honda made a mess in just about every detail possible. If they had watched this promo video 20 times and taken it to heart, it could all have been different for the Crosstour. And better for everyone else who doesn’t want a BMW or Merc or Audi wagon.
Saab needs to do it right again with a hatch and show everyone else how.
Angelo V. said on December 28, 2012
Nobody does it like Saab. I was excited about the Crosstour too, until I saw one of them and realized that they went for “bling” instead of building a great car. A few years back, Chevy had the Malibu Maxx—-far from a luxury vehicle, but it did have the utility of old Saabs. I suppose someone makes a station wagon (Subaru) that might be the closest thing we have nowadays.
dcpattie said on December 28, 2012
I would say the closest car (to the 9000) sold today is the Audi A7; however, the Audi is ridiculously expensive.
Nicco said on December 27, 2012
Really miss my 9k Aero want it back:(
RS said on December 27, 2012
Why couldn’t they put those adjustable seat heating switches in the OG9-3? During the last few week it would have made me a really happy camper.
terry9000k said on December 28, 2012
Just an update to my post above, with link to How many left in the UK.
I searched the 9K’s chassis mates, not so good though
ALFA 164…Only 212 Licensed:
FIAT CROMA, Surprised how many…1228 still Licensed:
LANCIA THEMA, Only 71 Licensed:
JasonPowell said on December 28, 2012
Found this one on Youtube today too, it’s a Viggen promotional video from 1999.
That’s a 900 [9.3] though….Shame they didn’t do a 9K version, ah….
SaabKen said on December 28, 2012
Time to buzz the tower, Goose !!
‘tho I just discovered this one alongside the one you posted, Jason, and I can’t say I’ve seen this one:
Yeah but can the 9-3 Viggen do this ?
I guess that’ll be up to the Saab Performance Team
Rune said on December 28, 2012
One of the videos that showed up on the side was one posted by Robin a few years ago: http://youtu.be/yn_o3Fd_KvI
Gotta love the performance team guys!
I actually have the original SAAB marketing/sales 9000 (seen above) and NG900 promotional videos. On VHS !
Haha, found another JA37 video. Actually supposedly from a Swede (?) movie. Has all the cheesy acting and suspense of Tony Scott’s (RIP) Top Gun. Love it !!!
Piet-Hein S. said on December 28, 2012
i have a 1993 CD 2.3T Griffin & a 1986 9000i. i intend to keep them rolling, but since fuel prices are up, for daily driving i have a 9-3i LPG. the 9000s have quite good fuel figures: the CD (auto. gearbox, 1485kg) runs about 9,5km to the litre, the 9000i 12,5km to the litre. mostly in-town traffic.
Snatch said on December 29, 2012
Horrible voice and awful music. Even for 1994.
Frank F. Westwood said on December 29, 2012
The 9000 by far has the best interior / dash of all Saabs; the layout, push-buttons etc gives it a very aircraft-like atmosphere.
The only thing missing in a 9000 is a HUD
arnold said on December 30, 2012
The best interior indeed. I have a 2010 Audi Turbo Quatro that just doesn’t feel as connected to me as sitting in my old 9000 did. While the Audi has performed flawlessly, it is not as comfortable as the 9000, and the visibility is shocking when reversing. I feel blind. Cameras are not a luxury but a necessity with most modern designs. And yes, the Audi is really only a four seater with that tunnel to the rear wheels. I miss my 9000 very much, and told the Audi people they were my second choice because I could no longer buy a 9000.
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