Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 12:39:20 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Looking for my next Saab


in article 7bwCf.10416$wl.1371nospam.news.blueyonder.co.uk, Nasty Bob at speedypancakenospamail.com wrote on 27/01/2006 21:23: >> My mate just bought a pristine 9000 Anniversary (1998 MY) 2.3 LPT for just >> short of 3,000 UKP. I think that kind of money will get you a fully loaded >> 9000 Anni or Aero with all the toys and comforts. The Anniversary has > nicer >> interior styling than the Aero, IMO, but an Aero is ... Well ... An Aero > and >> they're always nice :) > > That's encouraging. > But what does the Aero badge mean? Different seats / engine?? On the Aero, you get a sleek bodykit, Aero wheels (usually 16" deep dish rims on the late models) and leather seats, which have distinctive slashes: <http://www.norseperformance.com/Images/aeroseats.jpg> Now the Anniversary model gets the same bodykit, unique seats with the SAAB aeroplane logos embossed into the leather with suede flashes and "Anniversary" wheels. The dash fascia is walnut and the steering wheel has wooden sections. <http://www.saabtrader.co.uk/roadtest_07_01.htm> Engine configurations range from 2.0L 150 BHP LPT through 2.3L 225 BHP. IIRC, the Aero is either 225 BHP or 230 BHP from a B234. My mate's 170 BHP 2.3 LPT has an intercooler, so it's all ready for a re-map. I said, I preferred the Anni interior to the Aero, but that's your perogative. The exterior is almost the same as the Aero, but for the wheels. Drop some Super Aero wheels onto it and you've got the best of both worlds, IMO. <http://jpowell.tripod.com/saab-wheels/newgen/saab-alloy-ng_super_aero.jpg> While the Anniversary does not mark itself out with any badge, sticker or other livery, the Aero does say "Aero" on the back, which is always cool :) The gallery at SAAB 9000.com has some great pictures. <http://www.saab9000.com/gallery/index.php> The guys who runs that site has a 300 BHP Aero which pulls a 5 second 0-60! There's a great track video on't net somewhere of him seeing off some Ferrari and then a Carrera on the straights. > Also, any point keeping my current 2L LPT for "spares" if I get the 2/2.3L > FPT???? There are loads of interchangeable parts, but personally, I would sell the old car on (let someone else enjoy it ... It sounds like a good 'un) and get any parts as and when necessary from scrap yards or the plethora of SAAB parts peddlers. Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/

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