Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 07:19:38 -0400
From: Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*>
Subject: Re: difference in ride/power  9-3

Ginny Wong wrote: > I have year 2000, 93 -low pressure autobox and love it. Goes like stink when > called to perform! Looking for newer 93, perhaps the anniversary edition > with premium upgrades. > Is it worth it? > What are SAAB peoples opinions on the differences between low and high > pressure turbo engines? Gas needs to be a better grade in the high pressure > but is the extra expense worth a more powerful turbo engine? I had a 2000 9-3SE 5-speed convertible for a short time. The SE was the loaded version with the HOT engine. I bought it used as a project car and fixed it up. I ended up hating it. The engine had tons of power, but the turbo lag was significant, the shifter was mushy, the chassis flexed like crazy (cowl shake) and the fly-by-wire engine control that year had the annoying habit of holding the rpms up when you released the accelerator to shift. I ended up selling it and buying a BMW Z3 for a toy car instead. Fast forward to this year. Sold the toy car as it was not getting used enough. When the sun is shining I'd rather be on 2 wheels and when it's not that car (Z3) was useless. Started looking for another car to stick in the garage and test drove some 9-3 Sport Sedans. Wow. HUGE difference compared to the older style 9-3s. I was looking at MY2003's mostly because these are what is coming off lease (and I never buy new cars). I would have settled for a Linear (185HP) with a 5 speed but ended up getting a Vector (name for an Aero that year) with the HOT 210HP 2 liter engine and a 6 speed manual. Once I drove the Vector I knew I had to have the full package. It does everything superbly, is a freeking blast to drive and gets > 30mpg in the process. Do yourself a favor and drive a few of these (tyhe newer Sport Sedans) before you make up your mind. Also, the Cabrios in '03 - '05 were all the older body style still and did not update until MY '06, so if it were me I would either wait for the new style or forgo the ragtop. YMMV -- -Fred W

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