Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 21:35:41 +0100
From: "Paul Halliday" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB 9.5 V6 engine question....

"Rob Levandowski" <> wrote in message > In article <o7rcnu8hnq4v5mfuv8bdf2jj4e6f7oj6alnopsamcom>, > FLOOD <nowaynopsamcom> wrote: > > > On Sunday evening, I was having a few glasses of wine, when I was > > interrupted by the local Redneck contingent (simple, uneducated > > people), and I was told that my SAAB 9000 Aero is simply a "GM" and > > that the 1999 SAAB 9.5 engines are taken from the Buick Regal. Could > > someone please provide clarification into the origins of the 9.5 V6 > > engine? Is it a recommended powerplant? Any help would be greatly > > appreciated. > > The core engine is a GM design, from Vauxhall (UK) I believe. This is correct - the current 9^3 is essentially the Vauxhall Vectra ... with *style* and a turbo :). I suppose the 9^5 is along the lines of the Vauxhall Omega. The V6 heritage might well have come from the Vauxhall Carlton (the 9000 equivalent of the Cavalier in it's day). I gather the V6 was only really put into Saabs for the US market. We're not that fussed on V6s here in Europe ... now V8 engines are another matter entirely ... Rover ... Truimph ... Jaguar ... TVR ... and any other once great UK car manufacturer :) The V6 from the Carlton (say, GS3000i) produced around 220 BHP which is what the Vaux Vectra V6s clock in at - it was a fair monster. It's very likely that the descendant of this engine that is in the new Vectras (the modern Cavalier equivalent) is the same V6 in Saabs. > Although many here will tell you that "real Saabs have 4 cylinders," I > very much enjoyed my 1999 9-5 SE V6. Still, a flat 4 is *real* Saab ... from the Triumph heritage, of course :) Regards, Paul 1985 900i 16V 1989 900 Tuurbo S

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