Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 12:20:29 PST
From: (Everett M. Greene)
Subject: Re: 280 Bhp in Saab 9-3 from next year.

"Henrik B." <> writes: > "Pooh Bear" <> skrev > > >> As I understood it, it's gonna be a Saab developed engine, which probably > >> means chains. :o) > > > > As a newbie Saab ( 9000 ) owner I like the idea of chains. My previous > > GM/Vauxhall ( also made as Opel ) Cavaliers ( Ascona / Vectra ) loved to > > destroy timing belts just as you thought it was time to replace them ! > > I like chains too - and so does Saab. For the past 3 decades, the > Saab-engines have had chains. Not until recently, when they started to use > Opel engines (urgh!), did they get belts. But I'm sure new developed engines > will have chains, as more and more carmakers use chains e.g. Ford, Toyota > a.s.o. When might we see the electrically-operated valves? This has been touted as the next great thing and obviates the question about which kind of timing "chain". There's also been talk of a combined starter/alternator incorporated into the flywheel, possibly operating at 48V. When will this come to pass? Perhaps there should be electric all-wheel drive and eliminate the power trains as well...

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