Date: 01 Jul 2004 15:05:48 GMT
From: Gary Fritz <>
Subject: Re: Tough Choice-9-5 Aero or 9-3 Viggen?

"Henrik B." <> wrote: >> Stop short shifting the car. Let the rpms spin up and you'll see >> far less turbo lag. > > My thoughts exactly. :o) Spin up how far?? I see nearly the same amount of lag if I run it up to 4000-5000rpm before shifting. Winding it up like that is reasonable when you're flooring it on a highway entrance ramp, but less so for aggressive in-town driving (which is where I do most of my driving). This is my 3rd Saab turbo (900, 9000, 9-5 Aero) and I've driven 6-7 others as well. And the Aero (mine and several others I've tried) has FAR FAR more lag than any other Saab I've driven. It also has very anemic low-end power. I have never once "squealed" the tires on this car -- because it CAN'T. Unless you rev the engine and pop the clutch (which I'm not about to do!), the car has so little power at start-up that it tends to "choke" rather than acting like a powerful high-end car. I'm probably wearing the clutch excessively because you have to let the clutch out so gradually to avoid almost killing the silly thing. By comparison I test-drove a used 2003 9-3 (normal turbo, not Viggen) a few months ago, and I chirped the tires several times without intending to -- it had far more low-end torque "off the line" than my Aero. Gary

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