Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 04:03:08 GMT
From: Bob <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 performance upgrade

On 2 Jun 2006 16:26:37 -0700, "saab_aka" <> wrote: >It is black, the same color as the original one replaced in a recent >recall. If it is black I believe you have a T7 Trionic system. T7's require ECU upgrades, no manual boost controls. Make sure whatever you buy is for the T7 trionic. >Thank you for your help Bob. Is the ECU upgrade relatively easy, just >plug-and-play, follow the instructions or does it require some special >knowledge/tools? Pretty much plug-n-play. Basically you are just letting the computer operate differently. No other changes are "required" except that most kits come with a new BPV. The BPV is used to relieve the excess boost pressure when you take your foot off the gas and the stock one tends to go bad when you bump the boost pressure. You can change it in 2 minutes with a screwdriver and/or small socket wrench. Some folks send you a new ECU, you send your old one back as a core. Some reprogram yours. FYI - If you decide to do the exhaust, Saab exhausts are the easiest in the work to work on - I changed mine in 45 minutes and that included a short drive to the local hardware store to get a couple bolts as well as the time to get the jack and stands out of and back into the shed. Very DIY. The sport exhaust will not only increase HP just by itself, it is stainless steel and will likely outlast the car. So, it's a good upgrade to do. If you are going to do some of your own work or mods and you are in the USA, you should know about these sites: general parts at great prices:, Nordic Saab: (above is a Saab dealer that offers Nordic kits. Call and talk to them on the phone if you like. I forget the name of the guy who "talks mods" with you but he is one of the family owners). Genuine Saab: (above is another dealer. Call parts #, ask for Nick, he does a lot of mods and is very knowledgeable. He can help you if you are new at this). They have lots of TSB's and other info/photos on line. Maptun: Maptun gets lots of respect from the Saab performance world. FYI - do not order from MP Perfomance.

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