Limited Ed Saab 9000 CD Turbo Griffin Edition #94 of 400 + Parts Car

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1992 Saab 9000 CD Turbo Griffin Edition odometer: 107000

The 400 numbered limited edition 1992 Saab 9000 CD Turbo Griffins imported to the United States in 1991 are affordable driveable cult classics that will only appreciate in value over time

It is eligible for $300 a year classic car insurance (with 5k miles limits and ownership of a daily driver)

and Saab parts are plentiful. But be careful to not lose the key because old Saab manufacturer supply infrastructure can’t produce key’s based on VINs anymore.

I am selling my Rare Limited production 1992 Saab 9000 CD Turbo Griffin Edition #94 of 400 that has 107,000 miles accumulated and a 1992 Turbo Saab 9000 CD (144,000 miles) as parts car (the dark green one) to supply parts for the Griffin’s restoration. It has a good engine cylinder head and a good rear suspension..Price for both is: $1,800 and the cost of towing. Current market value for Griffin’s in good working order where between $6,000 to $9,000.

On the site, Griffins were only offered twice last year and maybe five time the during 2011-2012.

I am 3rd owner of this Griffin Edition, I bought it in September 2001 with 68,000 miles on it. The timing chain broke in April 2005 with 107,000 miles and has been waiting for me to repair it but now I have lost garage space and have to face the reality that I won’t be able to revive it myself. Note: all 8 of mag wheels and hubs in good condition and come with the purchase..Some of the tires are flat.

The parts car has a very good running engine (144K Miles), with a good Cylinder Head, the Trany is bad and I have been taken a lot of parts off it but not needed for the Griffin restoration. Both bodies are very straight with very little rust.The Griffin needs the parts car for the:

• engine/cylinder Head comes with a new HEAD GASKET SET

• heater core (already removed)

• a/c components

• hood struts

• rear suspension

The griffin interior is intact (no rips, tears or separations) but needs a headliner and to be cleaned and detailed. The audio system and all other accessories worked well before parked it in my garage for most of the past 8 years. It performed beautifully before the timing chain break.

I am Looking for a Saab lover to treasure the nicest, best driving car I’ve ever owned.

Copy and paste the youtube link below to see the 1992 Saab promo for this specially made car,

Only 400 limited edition 9000 CD Turbo Griffins were built in 1991 for the 1992 model year for the United States and was highly appointed with luxury features including all available electric options, special eucalyptus green paint, a separate rear-seat air conditioning system, walnut trim Traction control, ABS, Self leveling shocks, Black ice warning system, heated seats, Alarm system, 200 HP High Pressure Turbo.

Please text or phone me with any unanswered questions you may have or to set a site look-see.

(631) 921-9510

Scammers beware this sale is for a verifiable person to person sale only.

The following are reviews about the 1992 Special Griffin Edition when it was introduced:

In the last 25 years, Saab has, in our opinion, put out two nice cars, the 9000CD and now the 9000CD turbo Griffin, a limited-edition top-of-the-line showcase of the Swedish automaker`s talents for `92.

We enjoyed the 9000CD because it didn`t look like a traditional Saab; we appreciated the Griffin because it didn`t look or act like one. Except for an engine that`s a tad noisy, the Griffin almost acted as if it were a Buick.

The Griffin is priced at $42, 300 ($42,300 in 1992 dollars equal to $73,980 in 2013 dollars), and every conceivable goodie is standard: leather and suede seats (heated), power anti-lock brakes and steering, traction control, AM/FM stereo, portable cellular phone, air-conditioning with rear-seat outlets, power seats, power windows, automatic transmission and driver-side air bag.

In 1992, Saab Automobile manufactured a limited edition Saab 9000 CD Turbo called the Griffin Edition.

This model was limited to 400 for the United States as illustrated by the dash plaque showing what number out of the total production you owned. This model not only completed the Saab 9000 CD range that began in 1988 and ended in 1992. This model, also completed the 9000 CC body style that began in 1985, continued until 1990, including face lifts to the range in 1991 and 1992.

Here are details that made this model unique in comparison to the other models at the time.


Eucalyptus Green Exterior


Burled walnut fascia

Taupe leather suede combination seats

Portable Cellular telephone

Engine: 200 horsepower Turbocharged engine

Price tag. $43,000 USD

27. May, 2011

Other items which made this edition unique.

– separate A/C unit stored in trunk with a vent in rear shelf. Included separate rear a/c control on climate control unit. Owner can even adjust the rear air flow or set to ‘auto’.

– leather/suede owner’s manual cover/case with gold plated air pressure gauge and pen/pencil

– service card which covered all deductions and provided a service car free

– Griffin Edition emblem on the rear lower panel next to truck lid

– wood accent for passenger-side air vent and rear ashtray cover

– 3 separate position memory seat for passenger (this was standard on most driver side seats)

– rear self-leveling suspension which adjusts to weight load retain ride height level

– extra padding and thicker carpet made the Griffin a more quiet ride vs standard 9000

In America, only 400 were imported in 1992. Each car had a sequential model number badge on the dash. According to a New York Times car review, this was Saab’s flagship. There were no options. Everything was included.

It was the most spacious imported luxury sedan available. Its 2.3 liter turbo 4 was fast. But the price of $42,000 equal to $73,980 in 2013 dollars). What did it come with?

A gold card that could be used at dealer shops to receive free scheduled maintenance for three years, driver’s side airbag, seat belt pretensioners. ABS brakes, traction control, a cellular phone that can be removed from the center console, a CD changer in the trunk and a CD head unit in the cockpit, separate AC for the rear passengers, heated and power mirrors, headlight washers and wipers, one-touch driver’s power window, trip computer, and a warning for black ice when the outside temperature reaches a certain threshold but It did not come with cup holders

Expert Reviews

By Richard Truett, Orlando Sentinel

June 18, 1992

There is a crown jewel in almost every automaker’s lineup, a vehicle that is the soul of the company. For Sweden’s Saab, the special edition of its flagship 9000 CD is that car. It’s called the Griffin Edition, only 400 will be made this year, and – wait just one minute.

Stop right there. The Griffin is not named in honor of Merv. Griffin is a loose English translation of Gripen, the name for the company’s logo of the dragon wearing a crown, explained Saab spokesman Steven Rossi.

Anyway, you might already have noticed the admission price puts the Griffin within a few dollars ($42,300 in 1992 dollars equal to $73,980 in 2013 dollars) of such luxury sports sedans as the Lexus LS 400 and BMW 535i. Though those cars sport bigger engines, they can’t touch the Griffin in interior room and standard equipment.


Saab’s four-cylinder engines are something to marvel at. Last year I test drove a five-door Saab 9000 turbo and discovered a four-cylinder that could perform in a manner that would embarrass many V-8s. The Griffin also has a turbocharged four-cylinder, but this engine – though still a workhorse – is a bit more tame and refined.

The emphasis here is not on tire-smoking, neck-snapping muscle, but cool, calculated power applied with controlled finesse. The Griffin’s engine is a 2.3-liter, 200-horsepower in-line four cylinder capable of propelling the 3,288-pound sedan to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. That means you can move about town smartly. No manual transmission is available on the Griffin; it comes only with a computer-controlled four-speed automatic. This gearbox could stand a little fine tuning.

When it downshifts from fourth to third gear, such as when passing slower traffic, it does so with a shudder that reverberates throughout the drive train. Another standard drive train feature is an electronic traction control system designed to prevent the front tires from losing grip over slippery surfaces when accelerating. The test car turned in a respectable 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway.


The Griffin’s most endearing trait might be its Rock-of-Gibraltar like stability and predictable road manners. There is never any guesswork with this car. No matter how aggressively you drive, the Griffin retains its poise and composure. Under the skin there is a high-performance four-wheel independent suspension system, power-assisted rack and pinion steering, and power four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

The wheels stay straight when accelerating briskly, showing that Saab engineers did their homework to ensure the high-powered car would not be bothered by torque steer, a pulling to the left or right under hard acceleration that is a common problem with front-wheel drive cars. The brakes are powerful, and there are no loud clicking noises or traces of pulsing in the pedal when the anti-lock system engages – another sign of superb engineering.


The test car had a few minor faults. Three times during the 300-mile test drive the Griffin started but failed to run properly. It stuttered, it sputtered and it had little power.

However, after turning off the key and restarting the engine, the problem corrected itself each time. The Griffin comes only in Eucalyptus Green – the Swedish interpretation of British Racing Green – and features tan leather with suede inserts on the door panels and on the seats. The suede was improperly fitted on the driver’s door panel. But that was the only flaw I could find in the way the car was assembled. It’s the amount of equipment you get in the Griffin that justifies its price.

The car comes standard with a built-in hands-free cellular phone housed neatly out of view in the center console; a powerful 150-watt stereo/ cassette/CD player with a trunk-mounted changer. There’s also an automatic air conditioning system, built-in alarm system and power accessories galore, including cruise control, sunroof and memory seats. The dash features highly polished burled walnut inlays.

Rear passengers will be astonished at the amount of foot-,head-and leg room the Griffin offers. The cavernous trunk houses a full-size spare that is neatly hidden under the carpet-covered floor. The Griffin appears to be the perfect car for a company CEO or high-powered traveling salesman who carries a lot of cargo.

It offers a high degree of comfort, room and utility, and it dispenses with long stretches of highway nearly effortlessly. Truett’s tip: Quick, refined and loaded with every high-tech gizmo you could want, the 9000CD Griffin Edition elevates Saab into the elite ranks of the best luxury cars made by the Germans and Japanese.

By Paul Dean, Los Angeles Times

May 18, 1992

In Eastern Canada, during the infancy of sedan racing around permafrost hay bales at abandoned airports, our constant humiliation was a young stud from New York in a silver Saab. After that first 1950s summer of our discontent we presumed he and his quick, quirky, infernally tight handling, three-cylinder Saab Model 93 would head south for the winter. But he showed up in January and cleaned our clocks during the ice-racing season too.

Saabs haven’t changed much, since then; They remain Swedish spoilers, cars of relatively limited horsepower that manage to go like a Bat out of Hell. They are homelier than bread pudding. There also is no reason on God’s brown earth why some Saabs have their ignition switches between the front seats.

Yet those who like freckled kids and Thin Man movies adore Saabs for such oddities; especially as peculiar vehicles of enormous charm and individuality created by their confident resistance to change. Volkswagen Beetles had it and the marquee became a cult classic. So did that corrugated slowpoke, the Citroen 2CV deux cheveaux And so will the 400 limited edition 1992 Saab 9000 CD Turbo Griffin become a cult classic–You expected maybe a less convoluted designation from Saab to maintains that level of automotive eccentricity?

For one thing, there is no reason for the Griffin beyond its statement as another piece of Nordic nonsense. Only 400 Griffins will be made, and that will do absolutely nothing for Saab’s sales in the United States. In the first quarter of 1992, the company sold 5,648 cars in this country, about 20% off 1991’s numbers.

And here’s the kicker: Saab’s Griffin sells for $42,635. That’s an extraordinary amount of money for a car clearly responding to the luxury-car competition rather than challenging it. And $42K is dangerously close to the cost of the Lexus LS400 and the Infiniti Q45, which are smoother, larger, V8-powered and certainly more elegant and prestigious.

So why the Griffin? Obviously to set a stage and bridge a gap. Two years ago, General Motors purchased a 50% interest in Saab, and the writing was clearer than the wall it was written on: Production times had to be reduced; productivity had to be increased.

Above all, Saab had stretched its reputation for quirkiness about as far as it could reach with the 14-year-old 900 and the only slightly younger 9000. So Saab-GM decided to redesign both cars while awaiting a new luxury model. Expect the luxocar, which will take a few years to get to market. to be powered by a V6 engine from one of GM’s European divisions and to cost somewhere south of $50,000. Hence the Griffin, a motor car stuffed with every option the factory can offer.

That includes leather upholstery (with suede inserts, yet), portable phone, CD changer, burled walnut instrument panel, an alarm, trip computer, automatic climate control that actually de-mists all windows and carpeting that probably reduced several thousand sheep to shivering nakedness. Driver’s-side air bag and anti-lock brakes, of course, power sunroof and headlight wiper/washers.

And the Savoy-comfortable, eight-way power front seats flop straight back to flatten driver and passenger faster than muscle relaxants. For the little snob that lurks in all of us, the Griffin is the only Saab that comes in an environmentally correct paint job called Eucalyptus Green. The car also carries a silver dashboard plaque designating which of the 400 limited edition cars is yours.

It’s rather like owning a Chagall lithograph–only more expensive. But doing things this way eases us into viewing Saab not as a manufacturer of odd cars but as a maker of capable luxury cars. It also prepares inculcated owners who might whinny and faint at a $42,635 price tag on a Saab. Stage set. Gap bridged.

Then enter, stage left, a really competitive luxury car. It’s all smoke and mirrors, of course. But that doesn’t mean the Griffin is a griffon. The car is roomier than most, weighs close to two tons (which should be hefty enough for anyone’s sense of security) and remains remarkably quick with a 0-60 m.p.h. time of 7 seconds. Everything that was and is grand about the 9000 CD turbo survives in the Griffin.

Despite its size and 16 valves, the 2.3-liter engine is remarkably devoid of buzziness and thrash. When pushed hard toward its upper ranges, the little four develops a soft snarl usually associated with a V6. And that turbo produces some exhilarating, lag-free acceleration in the middle to upper performance ranges where instant power is a useful escape from lane drifters and similar emergencies. Don’t doubt that this is a luxury car.

Such a description has nothing to do with looks, leather, layers of wood and other upper-crust indulgences. Rather, it’s the secure feel of a big car that sets well at highway speeds and can maneuver hard without any flopping and wallowing to cancel a driver’s best intentions. This is a composed, carefully evolved vehicle with an inherent understeer common to front-drive vehicles, but nothing savage.

It would be nice to have a tilt steering wheel in such an expensive car, and $42,635 is such an expensive car. The styling remains a snore. The front grille stays traditional, all Saab and showing the grace of a transom. On the other hand, you could see the Griffin as a public prototype; a rolling test vehicle with 400 buyers paying for the privilege of aiding the research and development of the new and more luxurious generation of Saab.

Pray that its offspring doesn’t break the $50,000 barrier.

1992 Saab 9000 CD Turbo Griffin The Good Big, luxury-car feel. Quality appointments. Fast, sure-footed performer. Roomy trunk and cabin. The Bad Styled behind the times.

Priced above the market. The Ugly The front grille.

Cost Base: $42,635 As tested: $42,635 (including leather seats, power sunroof, CD changer, portable phone, anti-lock brakes, driver’s side air bag, automatic climate control, traction control and kitchen sink in burled walnut). Engine 2.3-liter, 16-valve, turbocharged in-line four developing 200 horsepower. Type Front-drive, four-door luxury sedan.

Performance 0-60 m.p.h. as tested, with automatic, 7 seconds. Estimated top speed, 141 m.p.h. Fuel economy, EPA, city-highway, 21 and 30 m.p.g. Curb Weight 3,200 pounds.

December 19, 1991

The Griffin, that mythical monster that has graced the power plants of World War II fighter planes and the corporate crest of Swedish auto maker Saab, plays a new role in the affairs of the car manufacturer in 1992.

Saab will produce a special 1992 Griffin Edition, with owners possessing a model that truly does stand apart from the regular run of Saab motor cars.

The mythical Griffin, which has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, is a first class sort of monster as such things go. And Saab intends to apply the same concept of first class to its limited production Griffin Edition sedan. I haven’t seen it as yet, said Robert Falcone, president of the local Indy Saab agency. But we expect to receive one by the end of this month.

The limited production vehicle actually is based on the Saab 9000 CD Turbo, quite an upscale model in its own right. But the Griffin takes the next step forward, both in technical amenities and price.

The CD Turbo itself is no econobox, having a tag of $36,695. But the Griffin goes by that number like the midnight express through Hayseed Junction. It is stickered at $42,195. For what you’re going to receive, Falcone said, it’s going to be an outstanding automobile.

In parting with 42 big ones for a set of wheels, an owner has a right to expect a lot in return. Saab feels he or she will get it in what the company regards as its gold card type of automobile. The car comes complete with every amenity that Saab offers, including an actual Gold Card that authorizes free maintenance for the first three years or 40,000 miles at any Saab dealership.

Accompanying the card is a toll free 800 number for service, a Taupe leather document organizer for the car’s service records, and an ongoing list of standard safety and consumer features. with respect to the safety and consumer features, the Griffin gets the full treatment, with horsepower, roadability, comfort and convenience.

The engine is Saab’s 2.3-liter, dual cam, 16-valve four-cylinder motor that runs a water cooled turbocharger. Water cooling is not unexpected, as the boost from the turbo manages to produce 200-horsepower from 140-cubic inches of engine displacement. That’s almost 1 1/2 horsepower per cubic inch, and calls for flowing a lot of air through those four valves per cylinder.

To hook the power to the ground, the Griffin has an ATC (automatic traction control) system that essentially operates in reverse of the sedan’s ABS (anti-lock brake) system. ATC controls wheel spin under slippery conditions, just as wheel lockup is controlled by the anti-lock brakes. From my viewpoint, Falcone said, the traction control is the most attractive feature of the car.

I’ve tested the system on ice, and the computer took over and controlled the throttle. It kept the car under control, with good, steady acceleration.

To keep everything on the road when flying low on dry pavement, the four-door stands on Michelin 15-inch tires that carry light alloy, cross-spoke wheels. That puts a lot of rubber on the pavement to assure maximum control under all driving modes and weather conditions.

An estimate is that a Griffin with a four-speed automatic transmission is going to have a 0-60 miles per hour acceleration time of about 7 seconds and a top speed of around 145-150 miles per hour. Engineering manuals put the top speed at 154, Falcone said.

If the front-drive Griffin follows the traits of the 9000 CD Turbo, the person behind the wheel will find it quite adequately fills the roll of a driver’s car. However, there are those motorists who just want to look like they are going fast. About 65 mph will do just fine, thank you.

For them, the luxury accouterments of the car will be its most appealing feature, and there are virtually innumerable items which are appealing. There is, of course, full power, leather, a separate air conditioning system for rear seat occupants, burled walnut, custom carpeting, an audio system with a CD player and graphic equalizer, a portable cellular telephone with a hands-free microphone, a power/sliding moonroof, and the industry’s only all-window de-misting system. All this is just sort of the highlights.

According to Saab, the interior of the Griffin is rated by the EPA as a large car. That is based upon its EPA Car Line Interior Volume Index, which is 120.4 cubic feet. Body/chassis specifications, however, would seem to be more on the top end of mid-size.

The wheelbase is 105.2 inches, and the overall length is 188.2 inches.

Demographically, a Griffin buyer falls into the affluent professional category, with family orientation. I think they will be repeat Saab customers, Falcone said. Someone who has owned a (Saab) 900 or a 9000.

We have a strong, loyal following among Saabs in general, and whenever we get something new or in limited edition we usually have a lot of activity.

The Griffin made its world debut at the International Motor Show at Frankfort, Germany, last September, and was described by European auto industry observers as redefining Saab’s elegance and exclusivity.

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