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I have a '97 9000CD Eco Auto which has both an intercooler and an APC valve. Does this mean that mine is a full turbo without a boost gauge? Certainly seems fast enough for a full turbo!
I'd seen posted somewhere that Saab fitted FPTs to the last of the 9000 Eco's, so perhaps I've got one? Can anyone substantiate this rumour?
 

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Nothing wrong with an lpt - but get the ECU modified (by the usual suspects, eg abbott, speedparts, maptun, etc). Quicker spoolup = less lag than an FPT, so a modified lpt is extremely drivable with less lag.

I can compare having driven 2 litre (though no 2.3)versions of standard lpt, abbotted lpt, and a full turbo version, and of those I prefer the abbotted lpt -less lag, more shove, = loads more . I would expect the same proportional results on 2.3 versions of the same.

You can probably pick up an lpt for less than a full turbo in either size, it'll be almost as comfortable inside (no aero seats, , but you can always search a scrappy), and, more importantly, it's less likely to have been thrashed towards an inch of it's life.

Upgrading the ECU need not cost much - £500 - £600 top, depending on who you choose and the exact model/year (later is better, eg 96 MY on) - so given an LPT is likely cheaper to buy in the first place there isn't a whole lot of cost difference IMHO, and there's less lag than on an FPT, which must be a good thing.

This'll probably be an unpopular opinion though, I expect a few dissenting posts
 

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AFAIK then almost up to the end of production "ECO" meant "LPT." But didn't SAAB decide to call all turbo engines "ECOPOWER" units irrespective of whether lpt or fpt versions ? So I describe mine as an lpt rather than an eco to avoid confusion even though when built the two meant the same thing.

It is confusing, but the only way I know to be sure is to look fot the appropriate under bonnet bits and check out whether there's a boost gauge or not in the usual place. Or use Bill J's VIN decorer thingy perhaps.
 
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