04-11-2010, 01:09 PM
I am very exited as I am going to look at a what is beeing described as a T16 175bhp. this will be my 1st 900. I have had a couple of 9000's FPT and LPT. I have read the buyers guide but dont trust the seller. Is there an easy way to tell? Doese the lpt have a turbo boost gage?
04-11-2010, 01:51 PM
If you do not trust the seller (and why?) then walk away.
04-11-2010, 02:32 PM
Seller is a car dealer who said that he has very litle knolage of Saabs. He described it on the phone as an Areo. I am coserned that I buy a lpt thinking that it is a fpt. Is there an easy way to tell them apart?
04-11-2010, 02:46 PM
All FPTs have a boost gauge on the dash.
The "Aero" models were LPTs, with Lucas injection, from around 1990 with T16 trim.
04-11-2010, 03:17 PM
O.K. Thanks. Thats interesting presumably the Areo is the more desirable one but the T16 is the faster one. One more qustion is T16 just meaning 16V turbo or does it relate to a specific type of 900 turbo?
04-12-2010, 05:31 PM
O.K. Thanks. Thats interesting presumably the Areo is the more desirable one but the T16 is the faster one. One more qustion is T16 just meaning 16V turbo or does it relate to a specific type of 900 turbo?[/b]
Most "Aeros" are FPTs - badged Turbo S. Of those cars with the bodykit - which is what's usually meant by "Aero" - the non-FPTs are mainly convertibles (mix of non-turbo & LPT) and late 3drs (LPTs). 'course, people could easily have added the tupperware later.
Lucas injection is no real clue either - all FPTs 1990-on were Lucas, and all LPTs (they only came out in 1991).
The only real way to tell what a car started as is to check the VIN - http://www.saabnet.ru/org/saab_vin.htm#86on
The 8th digit is the Engine type
* L = Turbo, B202 & intercooler (16-valve)
* S = Turbo, B202 Low-pressure turbo (16-valve)[/b]
Anyway, does it matter what it started life as...? The only differences between an LPT and an FPT are the boost gauge, APC, intercooler and primary gearing - and the APC is the only one that actually gives extra power. All are easily retro-fitted. The gearing's the most difficult - so probably an easy check. If it's doing 25+mph/1000rpm (assuming a manual box) in fifth, it'll be on 7 or 8 primaries - FPT. LPTs (AIUI) usually had 6s, same as non-turbos.
Yep, T16 just means turbo 16v - to differentiate from the earlier T8s.
04-13-2010, 06:07 AM
i thought the Aero's only came in in 1993 - before then it was the Carlsson???
04-13-2010, 06:36 AM
i thought the Aero's only came in in 1993 - before then it was the Carlsson???[/b]
Count the zeros...