Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 09:32:35 +0100
From: Pooh Bear <rabbitsfriendsandrelationsnospamail.com>
Subject: Re: '01 9-5


Kelsey Cummings wrote: > I recently aquired a '01 9-5 v6 from a relative for a song. Looks great > next to my other sweedish cars too. I don't know much about it but it > feels like it has alot of untaped potential. It rides very smooth but > doesn't provide alot of road feel back to the driver which is something > I'm used to and would like more of. It also seems like alot more power > could be produced by the v6 than currently is. > > So - questions: > > 1) Pointers on suspension mods - progressive sport springs, firmer > shocks, upgraded anti-sway bars? Poly bushings? Something about aero > suspension upgrades? > > 2) Engine modification. What's going to get the most bang for the buck > as a stage 1 modification? Are ECU reprograms or chips available? > Matched performance exhaust sytems? Intake? More boost? Issues? > > 3) What vendors and/or enthusiast sites cater to saab owners? I'm very > familiar with the volvo crowd but haven't had much luck turning up > similar resources for the saab. > > TIA, I hope I don't get flamed here or by the volvo folks for crossing Various tuning stuff is available. Here in the UK Abbott Racing is a good example. Btw - it helps if you state where you live. I had to get your locale by reading your headers and doing a 'whois'. I'm not aware of much tuning having been done to the V6 though. It's a GM design - not an original Saab engine. Indeed in the UK - all the 9-5s currently on offer have the Saab 2.0 or 2.3 - 4 cyl engine ( or the 2.2 GM diesel which we don't talk about ). Just checked Saabusa.com. Only the 4 cyl ( 2.3 only ) in the States too. Sorry but the V6 isn't really the best engine ever to grace a Saab. Do make sure your timing belt isn't about to let go btw. It needs to be regularly replaced. The 4cyl engines have a timing chain that is rather less troublesome. Graham

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