Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 23:02:13 +1200
From: Richard Sutherland-Smith <>
Subject: Re: 2.3T Engine (was Re: Saabaru)

In message <Xns9549E0413BFCEfritzfriicomnospam17.128.40> Gary Fritz <> wrote: > (jsh1120) wrote: > >> I just wonder if the 9-5 Aero has the same speed as the Viggen? > > > > No appreciable turbo lag in 9-5 (judging primarily by the ARC > > which I've driven more than the Aero.) > > As I've posted here before, my '02 Aero has *horrific* turbo lag -- > 1.5-2.0 seconds EVERY time you start accellerating, including after > EVERY shift. That's with a 5-speed. I've driven several other Aeros > with automatics (at the dealer) that seem to have very similar lag, > though the autos might hold up the boost a bit better through shifts. > > It is impossible to "burn rubber" with this car (short of racing the > engine and popping the clutch, not recommended) because it has such > anemic low-end torque. Someone who hasn't had lots of practice driving > the car -- like my wife, who is used to her 911 Porsche -- tends to > practically kill the engine starting out because it's so gutless. > > Gary -- I am more than happy with my 9000 Aero. You just need to learn to drive it properly, you don't have to "burn rubber" to get along quickly, that's the attraction of Saabs. Perhaps you ought to have tried the car before you bought it ;-) Richard & Mary Sutherland-Smith 19 Webb Road, Wanganui 5001, New Zealand

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