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Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 21:40:52 GMT
From: "Sheldon Rabin" <>
Subject: Re: Tough Choice-9-5 Aero or 9-3 Viggen?

Gary, I presently have a Saab 95 Aero 2002 and I don't experience any of the symtoms you've described. Just recently, up a "hill" toward a 6000 foot pass in the California desert I scared the 'cr....p" out of a BMW sport M3(?) by passing with much gusto. It never did catch me. I will say that my '93 9000 Aero was a tad faster and it did have more room and better front seats but I was fixing something on it every week SRabin "Gary Fritz" <> wrote in message news:Xns951868647A446fritzfriicomnospam17.128.40... > "Tore ML" <> wrote: > > I would go for the Aero. The road handling is much better. > > I am seriously underwhelmed by my '02 9-5 Aero. It has the most > horrific turbo lag I've ever seen. EVERY time you start accelerating - > - including EVERY shift -- there is a 1.5-2.0 second delay before the > power kicks in. When it kicks in the torque increases hugely, making > it very difficult to accellerate smoothly, and by that time you're > practically ready to shift again. So with any kind of aggressive > accelleration, you keep switching between "not enough power" and > "almost too much power compared to what I had half a second ago." It's > possible to accelerate fairly smoothly if you don't push the turbo very > far into the yellow region. But if you drive it that gently, any > soccer mom in a minivan can pass you, so what's the point of having the > Aero!? > > The flat power curves Saab claims in their brochures may be accurate > for a car on a dyno, where you can hold the same power level for > several seconds, but in real-life driving the long underpowered delay > and the sudden huge increase in torque makes it a pain to drive. > > It's also not very roomy for a "large" car. My old 9000 had > significantly more interior room. > > Gary

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