3k: Seller Submission: 1998 Saab 9000 CSE

The Saab 9000 was the final vehicle designed in house at Saab and
brought to market by the funky Scandinavian OEM before it was flushed down the toilet by penny pinching bozos at GM.  The major problem with the post GM Saab era vehicles wasn’t that they
were less reliable (in truth they were probably better cars) but that
they had lost the essential Saabness and GM’s corporate overlords
were so busy patting themselves on the back that they forgot to figure
out if Saab was going to compete with BMW, Bugatti or a Bangladeshi
rickshaw manufacturer. If you want that old school Saabosity, you’ll need to look back a few years, like this 1998 Saab 9000 CSE offered for $3,000 via craigslist located in Norwalk, CT.  Seller submission from Cory.

The 9000 dates from an era when Saab had a game plan and it included building cars
like the 9000 that had final gear acceleration from 50-70 mph faster
than a Porsche Carrera 4 or Ferrari Testarossa, and selling those cars to wacky
professor types who just wanted something different.

This 9000 is powered by a 2.3 liter turbocharged version of Saab’s B234
engine (Aero spec) that is boosted to 225 horsepower with a Mitsubishi TD04 turbo.
The 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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