Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 17:25:42 GMT
From: Craig M. Bobchin <CBobchinnospaminSBCGlobal.net>
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a replacement car


We decided to keep both Saabs for now. Mine pulls pretty good for a 12 year old car, but after driving the 230HP Viggen I want more power! :) I'll probably keep the wheels I have for now since I recently put on 80k rated tires less than 10k ago. But suspension and engine mods.... Those I'll go for. Post the links please I'll see if they are any different than those I have. Thanks Craig In article <HLVKf.13623$yK1.11483nospam-server.bigpond.net.au>, markraynernospamond.com says... > You are in the same boat (mostly) as I am. > > I have a 96 CSE and I have had the turbo tuned up and put Aero front struts > and a sports exhaust. I took it to my local Saab performance guy to get his > opinion on best bang for buck to improve the performance further. He said > that I could get 17" wheels, but more engine management would cost quite a > bit and add very little. Already mine goes harder than a standard Aero > according to him and my test drive of another Aero I agree with him. > > I also have little niggles that need repair like new bonnet badge, headlight > wiper, sunvisor etc. In the end with performance mods, if I go too far, I > will spend say, $4k if I did the wheels, suspension and engine management > and end with a car that would be fun on the race track but not as nice a > daily drive as it is today. Also the car would not be worth much more, so > from a financial point of view it makes little sense, but I know that my > head does not always rule my heart! > > Having said all that I am still looking for alternatives from Maptun in > Canberra (I am in Sydney Australia) who are an international firm that > provides lots of Saab performance products. > > I have been doing some weeks of research, so if you'd like some websites to > refer to or compare other notes let me know. > > > Cheers, > > > Mark > "Craig M. Bobchin" <CBobchinnospaminSBCGlobal.net> wrote in message > news:MPG.1e652724721c6696989785nospam.la.sbcglobal.net... > > Believe me I'm biased towards Saab as well. I'm on my 4th Saab, and it > > is only the lack of a true replacement for the 9k that prompts my > > question. > > > > At some point the upkeep on the 9k is going to be more than is > > economically worthwhile. I'm trying to head that off at the pass. > > > > My feeling is this: I like both cars (9k and Viggen), my wife is blase' > > on both (even though she has been primary driver on the Viggen), so if > > we have to get rid of one I don't know which I would get trade in. > > > > If only Saab had a 9-5 hatch or a true replacement for the 9k Aero it > > would be a no brainer, But alas, they don't. > > > > I just found out the Mazda Speed6 is sedan only and no fold down rear > > seats, Based on specs it is about the same size as a 9-5. <SIGH> if only > > they had a 5 door hatch. It is a 274hp turbocharged 4cyl. And here I > > thought the 9-5 was the fastest/most HP 4 banger around. > > -- You have no right to protection against being offended.

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