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Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 05:26:35 -0500
From: KeithG <>
Subject: Re: Ok, can somebody please tell me the advantages and disadvantages of turbo?

And with the addition of one part and swapping another, you would blow by the Mark VIII! LPT to FPT conversion on the 9k is a painless project I have done twice. I prefer the LPT as a used car because they were not beat upon as much. As the the original poster's question. The performance/economy issues have all been covered. A turbo is not a negative but a plus. The 9^3 has modern engine management and hardware which minimize the 'lag' that people talk about and with periodic oil changes (3-4k) the turbo should last 200kmi or more. With synthetic, it should last much longer than that. If the maintenance is neglected on it, though, your guess is as good as mine as to longevity. I have 130kmi and 115kmi on 2 of them now and a friend has one with 275kmi on the original turbo. KeithG LauraK wrote: >>What is the positives with turbo and are there any drawbacks? >>Since Saab seems to be the only manufacturer with turbos, the question >>is why? > > > Turbos have come and gone in other cars, usually billed as a performance item. > They haven't been all that reliable for other manufacturers. > Saab, on the other hand, has been using turbos forever and has it figured out. > I've got a 1995 9000 LPT. With the turbo, I've got the economy of a 4-cylinder > with the power of an 8. I traded in a Lincoln Mark VIII for the Saab and don't > feel I lost anything at all on power, except in the 90mph+ range -- a range I > don't visit much. > My "around town" gas mileage in the Saab is 26-27 mpg, 31-32 for straight > highway driving. The Saab runs well on mid-level and even regular, while the > Lincoln required premium and only got 14 mpg around town, 24 highway. > I test drove a regular turbo and the LPT when I bought the car. The power curve > on the LPT is the most useful. > Most important, the turbos are fun to drive! > > > > > web design, print design, photography > >

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