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#11\2016-11-08 03:25

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I'd say if it's in good condition and HOT configuration, go for it. 250 can easly be pushed form that T25 Mitsu unit. Mine is a hybrid turbo, good for around 290.
#12\2016-11-22 19:08

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So, this happened.



Left side most light needs to be replaced. Rear bumper has a crack at the corner. I'l pull it together with some plastic fixers, and as the bumper is no use anymore, I want to try to plastidip it black.

It's held with screws in rear wheel arches, and as far as I know almost any OG 9-3 has lost their original plastic moldings which hold the bumper in place in arches, so, screws for everyone! :D

Also, the muffler might be pushed in a little, because as far as I remember, it was extended outwards more than it is now, but I can't really recall how it was.
#13\2016-11-22 19:18

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Somebody hit you?
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#14\2016-11-22 19:22

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Treat 'ya self



This is kind of old video, and seems slow, because it was. Vacuum hose from blow-of valve was off, and the car was not running with full boost, although the gauge shows the opposite.
Also, in this video, the car was equipped with 17" wheels, which, as turns out, really make a huge difference. During holiday I will try to film another one, as the car currently sits on 16" winter set. NOTICABLE difference in terms of acceleration, like, huge.
I'm able to keep up till 4th gear with Hirsch 300HP 9-5 (Last model before NG), then I run out of torque. (Physics and stuff, torque multiplier by gearing etc.) :)

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Yep, minor fender bender in parking lot. One guy was pulling out the same time I was, so we kissed a little, sadly, he had a commercial van which has the metal bar at the rear. We were cool about it tho.

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Oh, yeah, the speedo is in KM/H, not MPH. 100km=60miles
#15\2017-02-22 06:57

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Hello, hello, long time no updates.
I thought that I should update this a bit, as what is happening.
Car's runing strong and without a single hickup, and that's good, def. for a Saab :D
I've got a bigger IC from 9-3 Aero which will be mounted as soon as winter ends here, I hate the cold and I have no intention to loose my fingers to frostbite.
Currently, the IC has in-out pipes on one side, and it's smaller, so heat-soak is a major issue after couple WOT pulls through gears. The Aero IC should change that, in addition to keep the intake temps bellow 60C*.
I've got a Viggen clutch and pressure plate coming from UK, so the clutch will not be an issue when the turbo is asked for more. (It can delliver, the other bits are refusing to co-op with the boost :D)

Also, on a fun note, my resonator had a hole and the car sounded like crap, brrrr brrrrr. Well, to my bad luck, or, rather luck, we decided to cut it out and put a straight pipe. Previously the car sounded bassy, now it has trebble too, like the old-school rally cars.
Listen for your self:

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Nice Saab Desgor :D

#17\2017-02-22 13:14

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Wow i liked that sound :O
Keep it with that pipe and sound ;)
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#18\2017-02-22 17:31

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Sounds nice all Saabs sound nice. I wanted one of those when I had my 9k

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Here's what my 2.3 sounded like straight piped


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#19\2017-06-26 13:22

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Hello, hello, a little update on the car, not that any of you crave or follow my adventures but here it goes.

Got rid of the 9-3 OG and sold it quite cheap at 1 thousand euros. That's the price of them here, even in great, almost rust-free condition.
I thought that enough is enough, should get something more economical.
Was ready to pull the triger on Volvo C30 2.4 D5 diesel with manual gearbox. (I love these cars, and I still want one) They remap like crazy, there's a place called Rica Engineering who remap them to 250 horse with no supporting mods required. I thought, shit, (there are videos on youtube with the same car and this remap) it's faster than my Saab and it consumes 5 liters per 100km on cruise control. (roughly 45mpg) (I drive a whole lot, it's kind of a factor for me).
But then, oh, but then.

The irrational side of me kicked in, because visually beautiful, absolutely rust-free but mechanically injured, a wild Saab 9-5 Aero with manual gearbox popped up on our local "Craigslist." Shit. I had him on the phone in 10 minutes without thinking, went to my mechanic, we had a look-over, he gives me the nod. Considering the price, it's a good deal, if I'm ready to invest.
Behold, the product of irrationality, emotions and just plain idiocracy.
(I shared my google drive folder, image uploading, it seems, is quite broken.)

Aero

Not quite a lot of pictures currently, and nothing good to tell.
A quick overview -
2006 Saab 9-5 Aero 5spd manual
2.3 liter, turbocharged 4, factory rated @ 260 hp / 380 nm @ 1900rpm

Main problem: Consumes oil at all times, I have to top it up or at least check the level every 100-200km.
If you saw the pictures in the drive, you saw an engine. That's B234 from Saab 9000 I have already picked up. I will swap the rotating assembly from that engine because of it's known strenght to withstand 500 horse on stock internals.
I don't plan to go 500 because of everyday drivability and there's just not enough displacement to spin up those monstreous turbos that can supply such boost levels.
Other issues:
  • MAF is lying, needs replacement
  • Chain needs replacing very soon, as the engine rebuild is engine-out job, will be done at the same time
  • Clutch assembly needs replacement
  • Whole lot of bushings (Will go poly all around)
  • Gear linkage bushings are done - Grind it till you find it
  • All the other small things that, combined, will end up costing the same as mentioned above

What I have in plan is - fix it up, Maptun it (305 is optimal limit for the stock TD04-15t), pretty much every suporting mod needed, but meh, I pulled the triger on this piece of shit, might as well go all out on it.
Sell it at some point in time, because manual last-facelift Aero's are quite rare.

So yeah, here I sit and still think about one black FL C30 with the D5, and yet, I can't believe I bought this. Saab virus has got me.

#20\2017-06-26 22:52

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Cool, I take it you like Saabs huh. It looks good and the B234R is a beast for sure. The 15t is a pretty fun turbo as well, it spools quick and makes a lot of torque.
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