08-28-2001, 11:48 AM
Hi, I've just bought a 9-5 SE T Auto. Any tips on tuning. My last car was a thoroughly sorted VR6, so I would like to make this one go, stop and handle a bit better. Also, I want to upgrade the standard audio - what works well? And lastly, anybody know where can I get clear side indicators from?
You can get clear Repeaters from the secure online shop at Elkparts http://www.elkparts.com/
Direct to the link http://www.elkparts.com/acatalog/Elkparts_...r_lamps_35.html (http://www.elkparts.com/acatalog/Elkparts_Catalogue_Other_lamps_35.html)
To make a 9-5 stop and go better, look at Hirsch Performance. http://www.hirschperformance.com/
08-29-2001, 04:59 AM
Thanks John! It's a good website with an excellent product range and they are only 20mins away by car!
I think the side repeaters won't be the last thing I buy from them.....
Do Saab generally take a dim view on engine mods on cars still within warranty?
I have a 185bhp 9-3 and i'm tempted with squeezing a bit more out courtesy of one of the tuning companies..
Any past experience welcomed on the do's and don'ts.
...it depends on who is doing the mods!
If it is Abbott stuff then Saab City used to fit that stuff,
If it is Hirsch, then Reading Saab and Gordon Lamb fit that - Reading Saab is part of the largest independent Saab dealer group in the UK, and Hirsch is from a dealer/developer in Switzerland.
If you are seriously interested then speak to abbott or hirsch and they can give you lowdown on warranties - IIRC their mods do not affect the saab warranty.
thanks for the info John. I'm waiting on catalogues from both and already have quite a christmas list in mind!
The car's a new one, due for 6000 service today so I might make some discreet enquiries when i take it in. i spoke briefly with one of the two places you mentioned who suggested that the software upgrade isn't detectable? i guess that's as long as you don't drive the car!
I have a Hirsch chip in my 9000 LPT taking it from 150 BHP to 215 BHP and my local saab dealer service it with out any problems. All they asked is when I had it done to inform them when it comes in for service so they know what they are dealing with.
The Hirsch chip alters the boost on the LPT car to become HOT (High Output Turbo) car. The engines are the same therefore already built to take the extra power.
Saab do their own engine upgrades through their dealers ask about them first they are definately covered by saab warrenty.
09-16-2001, 09:08 AM
I had the Hirsh step 1 upgrade on my 9,3 cabriolet, stainless steel exhaust, 17" BBS wheels and tyres - neglected to mention it to the insurance company however and after the car was wrecked took a loss on the whole lot. I have been told they might even deny cover if the car is tuned without their being told...a word of advice. This said, I still plan to trick the new one when it comes in. But I'll mention it to the insurance company.