Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 06:33:42 -0400
From: Fred W <Malt_Houndnospamm-me-not*>
Subject: Re: 9-3 performance upgrade

Pooh Bear wrote: > > saab_aka wrote: > > >>I have a 9-3, a 2001 model year base model with a 2.0t 185 hp engine >>and a manual transmission. What are the possibilities of making a >>performance upgrade to increase the horsepower and torque to 210/221 >>which is what is currently offered on the model year 2006 9-3 models? I >>test-drove one at a dealership and I felt that it was definitely >>quicker than my saab. >> >>Is it a common solution to increase turbo pressure? Will the turbo >>gauge go into the red territory or is there a way to recalibrate it? >>The factory warranty has already expired so I am not concerned about >>the warranty but rather future longevity. > > > *Any* tuning mod to increase power has a potentially adverse effect on > longevity. > > Graham > Potential? Sure. But since the only difference between the 185 and 210hp versions of that engine are higher boost, and considering that you only go to max boost when you press the right pedal down firmly (which is to say not all that often) there is not much downside of going to the higher boost level. Going for anything above that might be a problem longevity-wise though. -- -Fred W

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