Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 15:58:29 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <johsnopsamfitter.com>
Subject: Re: Looking at my first Saab purchase - feedback???


Harvey White wrote: > > > Most people seem to recommend the 4 cylinder turbo (small t) is a LPT > turbo, no boost gauge. > > large T is an HPT turbo, which I *think* is only available in the 6 > cylinder engine. More HP in the 6, but only uses premium. May or > may not be a better engine. 4 cylinder seems very reliable, and has a > bit of pickup. For the 2000 MY, you can get a replacement chip > (probably costs 500 to 600 dollars with labor, etc, that adds more HP, > up to the specs of the 2001 MY. The 4 cyl is also available with High Output in the Aero model, 2.3L 230 bhp. The 3.0L 6 cyl has asymmetrical turbo; the turbo driven by only one bank of the 6 and is not particularly strong at 200 bhp, it doesn't have the timing chain but only a rubber timing belt, which must be replaced more often. The engine is regarded as inferior by many Saab enthusiasts. Saab has discontinued the 6 for MY 2004.

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