Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 09:01:27 GMT
From: "Mark Rayner" <>
Subject: Re: Help me decide on a replacement car

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" <> wrote in message > 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. > > > > In article <>, > says... >> When you ask the question such as you posted on this NG, you can >> practically eliminate #3 because most are biased toward keeping the >> SAAB. For me personally I would drive the wheels off the 9k before >> getting the 9-5. You won't get any SAAB which seats five as >> comfortably as the 9k except probably the new 9-7. >> >> > > -- > You have no right to protection against being offended.

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