Date: 9 Nov 2002 18:01:29 -0800
From: (Lance Morgan)
Subject: turbo, turns, technique?

I've been looking for a c900 for the past few weeks, having briefly had an 86 900T years ago. Drove an 3dr 85 900T 5 spd (US) today, bringing back mostly v. good memories with one exception. The good: overall just think v. highly of the casual elegance & uniqueness of the c900 - driving position, cockpit, A pillars, curved windshield, solidity, carrying capacity, handling, ignition location, rotary switches, body style (I'm a fan of the pre-87 rect. headlights), and many more this group's members are so familiar with. I feel instantly at home just sitting in the car. But I (again) felt a bit uncomfortable with the turbo - on/off boost - specifically in trying to balance the car in a turn. One thing I wasn't doing properly, was consistently keeping the RPMs up, among other factors Digging around a little has shown a trend, apparently not only with Saab, of moving from larger turbines (like the pre-90/91 Garrett T03) to the Mits Te05, the latter apparently used for both LPT and full turbo apps. Anyway - folks are buying/have obviously bought NA c900s, but has it been due to preferred throttle response over the turbo (and undoubtably vice versa)? I realize it's mostly preference and compromise: the turbo is stellar at 3rd gear overpassing, etc - the NA clearly can't match it (nor in aftermarket cost-effective performance increases) Experiences/suggested techniques with learning how to drive a T03 (realizing this can be changed to another model), esp in turns? My test drive was too brief, and not on a good route - does the turbo lag nearly/completely disappear if the tach is kept up (and there's got to be to it than that)? I confess to being swayed by the 'turbo allure' - what Saab has built a big part of its heritage on. But I'm also going to try and track down a 91-93 NA c900 Return to Main Index

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