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I am looking for a 9000 5 door at around £6k, which seems to give me a good choice of options! I am not bothered about auto or manual, but want a decent spec (CSE). There seems to be a lot more Ecos than full turbos around, so how noticeable is the power difference between the 2.3 Eco and the 2.3 full turbo (non Aero spec), particularly with an auto box?

On another matter, I have seen on Autotrader a 96N Aero manual with 73k for £6.5k. This seems cheap to me. Is it? Only thing is that is not from a Saab specialist, and I can't help thinking I would be better off getting something from someone who knows the cars given the complexity of the beast, or is FSH a good guarantee with these cars?

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If that Aero was with a Specialist - you'd pay more for the privelege. FSH is never a guarantee, but better than no history - why not get the car checked out by a Saab Specialist / dealer?

Don't know about the difference between a 2.3ECO and a 2.3FPT (non Aero), though I have heard there's a bigger difference than you'd expect between a normal 2.3FPT and a 2.3 Aero.

If you want the economy - go for the 2.0 ECO/LPT - if you want the power - get the Aero!

Kevin Mc
1991 9000 Carlsson 220BHO (25 mpg!)
 

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My wife has a 2.3ECO (auto), I have a AERO (manual)

My Aero definately gives better mpg (and i was surprised by this).

The AERO really is much much faster, it wants to go all the time, the CSE on the other hand while being quicker than most other cars has a different character, it is more sofetly sprung and with the auto box sort of more ''wafts along''.

You also get a few more goodies with the AERO - turbo guage, most seem to have electric seats, i think the wheels look better.

I would go for an AERO especially if you can find a manual. Do it today.

I think the AA charge about £130 to check a car over, and this could be money well spent, it would certainly be more peace of mind

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The difference between the 2.3LPT and 2.3FPT is about the same as you would notice between a 2.3FPT and an Aero, in otherwords, quite noticable, that's with the manual box anyway. Obviously, with an auto box sapping the power a little the difference won't be as marked, especially the Aero, as the auto Aero only got the standard 2.3FPT (200 bhp) engine so as to put less strain on the auto box. This incidently is odd as the 3.0V6 put out 210 bhp and most of them came with an auto..??!!???
My advice is, if you spend the majority of your time in traffic then get an auto, either 2.3LPT or 2.3FPT, but if not get a manual, for the better fuel economy, and get an Aero......!
 
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