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I am looking to settle in Portugal or Italy later in the year and am looking for a left hooker auto CSE or perhaps aero.
I might be tempted by a good Carlsson, albeit manual.
Anyone any good ideas for me? {did they in fact do the Carlsson in LH form?}.
I am looking to spend perhaps £4k.
I want to avoid later serious hassle and have gathered that Traction Control and some other high end features can be troublesome. What is the concensus view?
 

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I think traction control was so bad it was dropped (not even an option in the last 3 years of the 9000 other than on the 3.0 V6). I'm hoping to pick up a MY97 P-reg 9000CSE 2.3T auto at 98k for less than £4k tomorrow.

My folks got a 9-3TDi LHD in the south of France a year ago for about £5k less than the equivalent car over here. Not sure about Italy or Portugal but southern France is a great place to pick up a cheap Saab (not popular there so second hand prices are give aways).

Carlsson was only available in the UK however very similar 9000 T16S was for the USA and I think Euro.

If you want to stay away from trouble I would go for a manual box, I'm a little worried about the auto I'm getting. OK I've heard the later auto boxes are better but I've not heard many people talk about auto boxes with 2.3T doing 200k+ miles (which two my other Saabs have done). Please someone tell me I'm wrong
 

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Just a few points on the later auto boxes..:
Two Saab specialists who have advised me that the latest 9000 autoboxes are good for 150k to 200k miles, and they were refering to both 2L and 2.3L applications. If a buyer was wanting to frequently use the full power performance of a 2.3L High Pressuere Turbo, I would definately recommend the manual box option. (Auto boxes are best for cruising, not for hard gear work, and performance driving!) Silimarly, there is little point in applying power increase mods for cars with autoboxes, bearing in mind that Saab limit the 2.3L Turbos to 200BHP (instead of 225BHP).

One final consideration is that cars with Autoboxes do not require manual clutch replacements, or have master/slave cylinders to go wrong. Hence, the extra cost to fix an autobox is laregly negated by the extra costs which can be incurred by a manual system (i.e. clutch, master/slave cylinder repairs). Second hand autoboxes are also quite cheap, especially in comparison to some rebuild costs.
 
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