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So, let's just start right away:
In mid-summer I decided to take on a new automotive journey, something that uses petrol instead of diesel (I'm European, diesel rules it all) and that it def. should be a turbo car. I randomly browsed our European "craigslist" and got my attention in one segment - SAAB. For those who don't know what a Saab is, well, they made damn fine turbo autombiles, but to be honest, that's the only thing that's good about it. More about this later.
So, behold, my new love and petrol drinker:
So, this is the interior and how it looks. Saab-like. The car has 160 thousand kilometers, which is around 100K miles.
What has been done to it:
Now, originally the car came in HOT (High output turbo) configuration, which means 185BHP stock. It's a two liter FWD four banger with a T25 turbo attached to it. 5-spd stick to play with, with LONG gears, I mean, really. 2nd gear is money right there and pulls me up to 100km/h without even redlining. (60+mph)
The car has a 3" downpipe, mix and match middle section, which needs to be sorted, K&N Filter, blow-off valve and I recently replaced all four shocks, to a bit uprated (stiffer) original ones, Schahs. Wanted to go for Billstein B6, but I've got a hell of a deal for the Schahs ones at 1/2 the price. All vacuum hoses have been replaced, so theres a bit of relief in that.
Saab utilized Trionic T5 engine managament (for this car) which is regarded as one of the best for amateur tuners. The learning curve is steep, but worth it, as the car now boasts 230BHP weighing in at 1.3K kilograms, or 2.8K pounds.
The car has it's flaws tho - it has been repainted, because they are notorious of rusting wheel arches, and the job is of poor quality. I plan to wrap the car this summer in "Frozen Blue" (BMW M5 F10 color, btw) And the painter did a shit-job on puting back the plastics and sealing rubers around the roof and windshield, resulting in heavy wind noise when going for high speed runs. Needs to be sorted.
What is up next, I need an intercooler with outlets on both sides. The current one is basically at it's limit and there is noticable heatsoak after couple of pulls. (The outlet of the turbo->IC touches downpipe, so it warms the whole thing up) and the car is good to go for 270BHP. I will post some videos of pulls later, and I must say that 3.0 Diesel feels slow after this beasty.
Hope you like it
That grill overpaint looks as a small and tasteful little detail there.
Well, the whole car could look great if not the bad paintjob, as I thought to make it black on black, but restoring the paint right now is not worth it. After the wheel archers will catch rust, I will think about total repaint, but for now, wrap will do with black rims
Here's a little treat (Headphones required):
Well, as I have forgot how to put a video in a post, here's a link
Oh well, it has worked with just a link, nevermind!
This post was edited by desgor (2016-11-07 16:28, 3 months ago)
Sweet another IRL car thread... welcome to the world of turbo tuners
160km is not bad! I had a Saab 9000 with over 204k miles (328,000km) and beat on it every day and it still ran like a champ. I went through 3 transmissions and a clutch but again I was romping on it daily, it was around 300hp
I was looking to buy a T5 9-3 before I got the S4
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You can get T5 tunes for free by the way, also they can be made to work with a MAC valve (boost controller)
Saabs are always nice to see. We do have them in the US, but finding one is extremely rare. (I've seen 2 in my life.)
2016-11-07 17:36#279009 Burn Rubber : Saabs are always nice to see. We do have them in the US, but finding one is extremely rare. (I've seen 2 in my life.)
I see them all the time here in the northeast, as well as subarus.
Subarus I see a lot, but where I live Saab is quite the find.
Damn this thread got me browsing craigslist for saabs again :-) There's a '97 SE not too far from me. Hmm
You should add to your car collection, Defiant! XD