Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 14:12:07 -0800
From: John Davies <>
Subject: Re: Disabling a Turbo

On Fri, 9 Nov 2001 11:57:24 -0700, "jk" <> wrote: >Bear with me on this one. I've got a 95 9000 aero with 110k miles. Also a >son age 14 and 3/4 who starts driving in March and looking for his full >license in 18 months. He's lusting after MY car. I think it is way too much >car for a beginner -- too fast; too much acceleration, not great visibility >over the shoulders, and wonder if I can fix some of it by disabling the >turbo. I pretty sure that none of the Saab tuners offer this, but Audi Performance and Racing offers switchable chip tuning for Audi turbos. You can get up to four different programs that can be quickly switched while the car is running, and you can get a security feature that allows only the person who knows the code to access them. There is a "valet mode" that completely disables all boost, lowers the rev limiter to 4000 rpm, and limits the top speed to 40 mph. That is just the thing for teaching a kid to drive in quiet neighborhood streets. In the meantime, if you are _sure_ you can put a very young teenaged learner in your Aero, follow the advice of the other guys. Personally, I would rent a beater used car with a stick shift for a few weeks until my kid got the hang of things before letting him anywhere near the driver's seat of my Aero..... Nah, not even then. Let him get his own when he is older! I learned to drive at aged 15, in a 1965 Triumph Spitfire 1100. There wasn't much trouble I could get into with that kind of power. An Aero? I wasn't ready at 25 for one of those. Good luck. John Davies Monroe WA USA 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon 2000 Audi A4 quattro 1.8T 1991 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4

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