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Posted by thetallguy [Email] (#1698) [Profile/Gallery] (more from thetallguy) on Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:03:58 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Looking for opinion..., Steve, Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:31:27
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I have lots of "seat" time in both 900 SPGs and 9000 Areos. Both are neat cars. The 9000 transmission is better-much better. In fact just about everything mechanically speaking is better in the 9000. I drove over a million miles in basically three 900s and six transmissions, five power steering racks, water pumps, clutches, window regulators, numerous "drivers", CVs and suspension parts. I have one '95 9000 Aero with over 400K miles, boosted to 20 lbs, original rack, original water pump, original transmission, two clutches, one side to side swap of the CVs and the original suspension (yes, I agree the suspension is due). The 9000 is easier to work on (I guess I say this because it really has not needed much until just lately) except the clutch which takes some time. On Jak's advise, I have used the Redline lightweight shock proof oil in the transmission. It still shifts very well... sounds much better than my Viggen in first gear. The Viggen is what I bought with the money I saved over the last 16 years of 9000 ownership- the 9000 was originally purchased for $5k. Currently, I am wondering if I should swap in a 1998 CSE 9000 motor and transmission from a 95K mile wrecked parts car which I bought, installed a radiator, and drove home. Then I would be good for another 400K. My 9000 is a traction control model which is what is giving me pause. I'm probably the only guy on the planet who would think about driving a TCS car another 400 K. So far the TCS was replaced once (260K miles since install-thanks Jak) and, so far, has only needed to be cleaned every 60K or so miles.Easily done. My opinion is that the 9000 is about the most "perfect" car that Saab made, perhaps it does not have as much character as the SPG, but easier to drive, faster, easier to fix, faster, better engine lay out, faster, better access for most repairs (not clutch), and Trionic 5 is the go to choice for big power which means that its...faster. You want big power in a Viggen? You use 9000 cams, the 9000"Aero's" turbo exhaust housing, and (for a budget build) used 9000 pistons or the entire 234R 9000 engine. Some also prefer the 9000's beefier valve stems. It's still my DD and makes me smile every time I go to merge or pass. Good luck with your build...I will be starting mine in another month.
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