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Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 16:02:39 -0500
From: Alan Houghton <>
Subject: Re: Engine Break-In

the Edmonds description for the 9-3 SE HOT says, "New for ‘99 is a high-output version of the turbo four that spins out 200 horses—that's an incredible 100 horsepower per liter of displacement—but available only for SE models equipped with a manual transmission. Perhaps even more incredible is that this motor makes its 209 foot-pounds of torque at an amazingly low 2,300 rpm, and then maintains peak torque all the way up to 4,600 rpm. Talk about a wide, fat, usable power band across the rev range! " I'm not sure when the turbo kicks in at each gear for this to happen. I believe that they limited the amount of turbo assistance in the Viggen (and maybe the HOT also, but not sure...) for gears 1 and 2 to help limit the torque-steer problem. I'm still in the middle of babying my SE HOT - it's only got about 750 miles now. I've been keeping it under 4000 rpms most of the time, and have to say that it's difficult to not go over that. Although, it's a very, very fun car even when I'm specifically trying not to push it! The flight academey sounds great, though! Keep us posted on what it is like, etc. I'd love to hear more about it. Enjoy, Alan... Chris Maguire wrote: Chris Maguire wrote: > > Andy, > > Thanks a lot for the info. I've actually already had the thousand mile > service (about 400 or 500 miles ago). I've started to drive it a little > harder since then, but wasn't sure when it was safe to drive this thing like > I think it was meant to be driven! Of course, I guess I'll find that out > when I go down to GA for the Viggen Flight Academy! Woo-hoo! I guess my > aim in posting this message was to find the zone where I'd get the most out > of the car without "beating on it" and shortening its life. > > How often do you think is appropriate for oil changes? The owner's manual > says every 10k miles, which I thought seemed ridiculous. I had planned on > having it changed every 2k or so, especially because I find myself making > shorter trips more frequently than longer ones. > > Finally, how soon does serious boost usually kick in on the 9-3 (anyone who > has one, feel free to chime in...)? I've noticed that some boost is present > in the Viggen once you hit about 3000 rpm, but nothing that really knocks > your socks off seems to be delivered until about 4500+. Does that sound > about right? I know the 225hp is achieved at 5500, so I guess that would > make sense. The only thing I have to compare it to is my old 1980 900 Turbo > (not really a fair comparison). I had planned on driving a 9-3 and a 9-5 > after the Viggen, but that never happened. :-) > > Thanks again, > Chris > > Andy <> wrote in message > > > On 10 Sep 1999, Roger Williams wrote: > > > > > > Can it actually be bad for a new car if you don't drive it hard > enough? I > > > > In general, it is advisable to take it easy on the engine for the > > first 800-1000 miles. I think most new cars come with a free 1000 mile > > service, or maybe just Saabs. Anyway, all engines are still based on > > metallic substrate. As stuff begins to wear, the outer layers of the > <snip...>

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