Date: 15 Jul 2003 03:57:25 GMT
From: Gary Fritz <>
Subject: Re: Best tranny for Aero Wagon..?

Larry Jandro <> wrote: > I loved the 5-speed manual I had in the 900, but I've read that > Saab's automatics are perfectly matched to the turbo engines for > shift points, etc. these days. I have a 5-speed Aero. I find it very difficult to accellerate smoothly (unless I'm accelerating very slowly) because of the long lag after each shift and the sudden and huge jump in power when the turbo kicks in. I just drove a 9-3 Linear for a week while the Aero was in the shop. I've driven nothing but manual trannies for 30 years, but I have to say I was impressed with the 9-3's auto. It didn't have to deal with the spiky power behavior of the Aero, but it shifted smoother and faster than I can. In many ways I enjoyed driving the auto more than my Aero's 5-speed. > I can't wait to drive one of these newer 250hp cars. My 900 with > about 170hp went like a bat out of hell. The Aero goes like a bat once the turbo winds up. Unfortunately by the time it does it might already be time to shift. :-( Gary

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