Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 22:01:46 +0000
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: LPT, FPT, HOT - How do you tell them apart?

On Sat, 11 Feb 2006 21:31:52 GMT, "Steve W" <> wrote: >I'm looking at a 1998 9-3 SE turbo convertible which I'm thinking of buying. >But how can I defintively tell what variant of turbo it is? As I understand >it, it could be any of three - Low Pressure (154bhp), Full Pressure (185bhp) >or HOT (200bhp). It has a turbo meter, if that helps, although I don't >think there are any pressure units marked on the meter. Nothing on the >engine to indicate (that I can see). > >I have the UK Reg Certificate which says "9-3 SE TURBO". It also gives me >the VIN and Engine Number. Would they help me? Would a SAAB dealer be able >to check, if I asked him nicely? > >Thanks >Steve > Apparently, the 8th digit of the VIN gives the engine variant. The codes for 2.0 engines are :- J = B204I N= B204L T= B204E P= B204R H= B205L K= B205R C= B205E Trouble is, I don't know how the B numbers relate to engine variants. Maybe someone else can decipher that. I think the 185BHP variants were fairly rare in the UK. Most of the SE cars seem to be LPT. If people wanted more power, they went for the HOT Aero. LPTs don't have boost gauges. What do the badges under the indicator side-repeaters say? Cheers, Colin.

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