Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2004 17:30:27 GMT From: Bob <noaddressnospamere.com> Subject: Re: 900 Se Auto..Timing chain...still a factor?
On Thu, 1 Jul 2004 15:14:43 +0200, "Henrik B." <saabnospamPAM_tdcadsl.dk> wrote: >I'm sure you're right, but Derek is in fact looking for at Convertible. And >I'm sure you agree that between the NG900 Conv. and the 9-3 Conv. That the >9-3 is the better Conv. - right? > >Cheers! I'd disagree a bit. The 9~3 convertible came out in 1999, with an acknowledged 1000 new parts. It takes a little time to sort out new parts, so 2000 would be the year to buy. That will be quite a bit more money than a '98 or earlier. There are not really any major changes in the 9~3 vs. the NG900 so for most people it's the same vehicle. I'd suggest a '97 900SE 'vert or a '98. You get the hydraulic clutch in '98. That's not a major difference but is a "nice to have". As to the power, you can easily do what Saab did and pull some more HP out of the 900SE but if you are not a hobbyist and want it "out of the box" then an ECU upgrade might be the way to go and that may be $500 to $1000. The '98 already has 185HP and Saab torque so it's no slacker but a little tuning is loads of fun. Of course, some suspension tuning is in order to add to the fun factor. There were some minor issues with various NG900 components when it first came out so I don't recommend the '95 or '96. The fixes were all incorporated by '97.