Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 16:20:18 GMT
From: (Gareth)
Subject: Poor acceleration in an '85 SAAB Turbo (GLE)

Hi all.... Firstly, a bit of background. The part nearer to the end marked "=====" is the more relevant stuff, so skip to that section if you don't want to read this car's history. My father purchased a cheap '85 Saab Turbo (automatic) last year from a guy who was going bankrupt (he was our neighbour). The car itself was never very reliable, and the previous owner had spent a lot of money fixing the problems that arose. A full engine recondition was carried out back in '97. The previous owner was somewhat of a "yuppy" - so you can imagine that he tried to keep the car in good looking condition to try to impress everyone. We soon found out the car itself overheated constantly - once when we arrived home the engine starting literally blowing smoke. The source of the overheating turned out to be problems with the front right hand brake (caliper & piston troubles), due to poor installation when we had them replaced. We since haven't gone back to that repair shop since! Lately though, we've noticed the engine running hot again... but judging from this newsgroup that seems somewhat normal. I guess the Saab doesn't like the "harsh" Ozzie climate. ===== Anyway, one HUGE reason for wanting to sell this car is its lacklustre performance. It costs a lot to insure a turbo car, and so if we're going to pay that much we might as well get turbo performance. We've got three cars at home - the SAAB, an '87 Nissan R31 Skyline GXE (3 litre V6, non-turbo) and a Holden Gemini SLE (4 cylinder, non-turbo). (Note that the Skyline is not a performance car - only from the R32 and onwards did they gain more powerful turbocharged engines). Both the SAAB and Skyline are automatic, with the the Gemini being manual. The SAAB is the worst performer of the bunch in acceleration. Even the Gemini accelerates quite a bit faster than the SAAB.... though I would suspect that the once the SAAB gets going that it might possibly have a top speed somewhere close to that of the Nissan... We've got a whole bunch of 70km/h roads nearby, and it just doesn't feel safe turning into one of these roads from a dead stop, simply because the SAAB cannot accelerate fast enough! In all honesty, I've never tried flooring it though (probably because I'm scared something will blow!). Is this normal for this model of SAAB? Many thanks, Gareth Computer Systems Engineering, University of Adelaide

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