"Saab 9000" - a stylish model of the end of the last century
"Saab 9000", the first car of the business class category of the Swedish concern SAAB, was produced from 1984 to 1998. Subsequently, the obsolete car was replaced by a model 9-5.
"Saab 9000" was created on the chassis Type Four, and before it on this platform developed the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Lancia Thema. The first model of the above retained its exclusivity, and the second and third largely echoed the Swedish car. In addition to the general chassis, the Saab 9000 has many coincidences with these models in terms of exterior. Some body parts Croma and Thema are interchangeable with the SAAB plumage. Although the cars "Saab 9000" (photos are in the article) look quite exclusive. In the future, the modifications of the base model had no obvious signs of unification with other machines.
In 1985, the "Saab 9000" was made in the framework of only one modification - a 5-door hatchback with a four-cylinder DOHC engine with a capacity of 175 liters. from. (129 kW) The transmission was offered in two versions: a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual gearbox.
A year later, an economical, aspirated engine with a 130-liter engine was installed on the car. from. (96 kW). "Saab 9000" with a sedan type body appeared in 1988. From that time on, cars began to be equipped with an on-board computer, which reflected on the display all operational data, including current fuel consumption, calculation of travel relative to fuel residues in the tank and battery voltage. Also, the monitor receives information about the condition of the road, its possible glaciation.
In 1992, the "Saab 9000" was modified and received a complete set of "luxury", which included all possible electronic adjustments in the cabin and engine compartment, the exclusive color "green eucalyptus", separate air conditioning and curtained rear window. This modification was named "Saab 9000 CD Griffin".
For the UK, the limited edition 9000 Carlsson was produced with an Airflow kit, an efficient rear spoiler and an exclusive 220-liter engine. from. For vehicles with manual gearbox and 200 l. from. for automatic transmissions.
In 1991, the SAAB 9000 CS appeared. The car was different from its predecessor, the updated design of the chuck and the modified contours of the rear.CS and its improved modification CSE equipped with engines of 130 and 147 liters. from. with a volume of 2.0 and 2.3 liters, respectively. Another option, the four-door sedan CDE 9000, was produced only with a 2.3-liter turbo engine with a capacity of 200 liters. with., and later on this version began to install the "six" with a V-shaped arrangement of 2.3 cubic meters / cm cylinder and a load of 225 liters. from. The manufacturer preferred to use atmospheric engines, more torquey and dynamic. All engines "Saab 9000" differed power and high resource.
Since 1993, the car was equipped with the engine management system Trionic 5. In the same year, the SAAB Aero version was first introduced. It was the most powerful machine ever produced by the Swedish concern. The car was equipped with a 225-horsepower B234R engine complete with a Mitsubishi TD04 high-pressure turbine. Some machines installed a Garrett Systems T25 turbine. Model Aero, in addition to the most powerful power plant, differed body kits and spoiler in body color, and its interior was decorated with Recaro sport seats. Also on the car were modified suspension and rims of the original design.
Elastic intake of the engine hit, SAAB Aero moved off faster than the German Porsche 911 and Italian Ferrari Testarossa.In 1995, a new B308 GM V6 engine with 210 liter was installed on the CDE modification. with., the same unit worked under the designation X30XE in Opel Omega. In the European market, the Aero models were sold until 1997.
In 1997, the release of the SAAB 9000 Aero was suspended, and the Anniversary version of the limited edition was launched. It was a kind of event dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the SAAB concern. All commemorative cars were completed with chairs covered with genuine leather with prints of the company SAAB logo.
The following year, 1998, CS and CSE models, equipped with a 225-hp Aero engine, returned to production. During the period from 1984 to 1998, 503,087 Saab 9000 vehicles of various modifications were produced.
With all the reliability of the car, the durability of its components and assemblies, sooner or later there is a need to replace worn parts. Repair "Saab 9000" can be carried out only in specialized technical centers of the Swedish concern. Spare parts in this case will cost an order of magnitude cheaper, and the work of the technical staff at the company’s enterprise is not commercial. Capital repairs of the car are a complete restoration of the mechanisms which fulfilled the resource.
Spare parts are used in the complex: if it is necessary to replace one part, but it interacts with neighboring nodes in the process of work, these nodes also change. This approach guarantees the future performance of the entire unit for many years. A car that has undergone a major overhaul at SAAB's service company receives a quality certificate. This is a guarantee of the quality of repair work. The certificate is valid for a certain period of time and provides for free claims, although no such cases have been noted.
For fifteen years, the production of "Saab 9000" has established itself as a super-reliable, elegant and stylish car, featuring a decent level of comfort and impressive speed qualities. The car is in complete balance of price and quality, its cost is quite high, but the technical specifications meet the best international automotive standards. Model "Saab 9000", reviews of which have always been only positive, and today is one of the most popular.