Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 21:45:56 +0100
From: "SimonJ" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 90 Turbo -- Can you do a Turbo-otomy

It would be possible to adjust the wastgate of the turbo to give less boost, therefore less power, or you could remove the turbo alltogether, and replace manifold , downpipe and inlet trunking etc, but remember the turbo engine is lower compresion than a normally aspirated car, so you would get very sluggish perfomance. But why not just buy a normally aspirated car in the first place? The insurance would be a nightmare for a new driver, and they may even classify it as a modified vehicle if you remove the turbo or adjust the boost, even though power would be less. One sugestion would be to discconect the APC Solenoid, the car would run at approx 1/2 boost, giving a reasnoble performance, and is easily reversed when Teenage Daughter gets used to the car, or you think she is ready and responsible enough to handle the extra power.(Do not remove the solenoid, just disconect the plug- if you remove the solenoid, and leave the pipes open, you get uncontroled boost!!! fun for about 30 seconds, then expensive!!!) juanm105 <> wrote in message > Hi: > > I was looking at a great 1990 Saab 900S Turbo today. Body in great shape, > leather interior in great shape and it runs fantastic. It has 122,000 miles > on it. > > The used Saab dealer says that the Turbo can be disconnected. Is that so? > > Why would I want to do that? I am trying to get my teenage daughter a car > and I want a Saab. I drove the Turbo and I was really impressed with its > handling and acceleration and power. So much so, I worried that it was too > much power for a teenager. > > So the question: Can the Turbo be disconnected and if disconnected how well > does the car run without it? > > Also, what operational and maintenance issues are there with a 1990 Turbo. > > > Thanks > > > Juan >

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