Junkyard Gem: 1989 Saab 9000 Turbo
got a lot of sales out of its99
models, but a bigger and more modern car became necessary in order to compete with other European manufacturers in the executive-car market. This car wasthe 9000
, and examples are getting very hard to find nowadays. Here's a 200,000-mile turbocharged 1989 Saab 9000 in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.
Other than Mercedes-Benzes andVolvo
240s, I don't see many junkyard 1980sEuropean cars
with better than 200,000 miles on the clock. The owner or owners of this Saab loved it enough to keep it in nice shape for a good 30 years, and it drove more than 7,000 miles on average during each year of its life.
The engine is the same 160-horsepower turbochargedSaab H
that went into the 1989 Saab 900Turbo
. This engine is descended fromthe Triumph Slant-4
, which Americans knew best as the power under the hood of theTriumph
TR-7. Members of this engine family remained in production from 1968 through 2009.
It has the five-speed manual transmission, which was starting to become an unusual transmission choice for U.S. car buyers by 1989 — even in Saabs. TheScania
badging on Saabs went away after 1995.
I seeplenty of Saab 900
s duringmy junkyard wanderings
, but 9000s aren't so easy to find in the big U-Wrench yards in 2018.
I'm not sure what's going on with the fabric in this car's door-panel inserts.
Saab went with the same ignition-switch location as everybody else with the 9000, rather than the "traditional" spot between the front seats. Naturally, Saab purists were so outraged by this that they ordered another round ofsurströmming
and swore to stick with their two-stroke96
s for the next 30 years.VIDEO Ballet in 3 acts for 8 SAAB 9000 Turbos.
via Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com
July 24, 2018 at 02:53PM
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