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Hi All, first post for me as I have just purchased a M97 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo FANTASTIC CAR!!!

Couple of questions:
Looking at the stats from Saab, the 2.3 Turbo CSE (97) has the same performance figures as the Aero, is this true, does that mean they changed the performance on the 97 CSE's to match the Aero's?

Also, I need to change the drive belt as it is showing signs or cracking. I am mechanically minded and used to do all the work on my old cars, but is this something I should let Saab do (they want 80 quid to supply and fit)

Thanks Guys, great site!
 

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Hi Ant and welcome to Saabscene .

Later model manual 2.3Ts had the full blown 225hp turbo. You can tell if that is the case with yours by looking at the chassis number. If it says B234R, then you have it. If it says B234L then it's the 200hp variant.

Changing the drive belt is relatively straight forward, but you really need a specific tool to compress the drivebelt tensioner, although it can be done with a G clamp of suitable proportions, albeit a bit fiddly. You will need to jack the car up and remove the offside wheel and wheel arch liner for easy access. The other handy tip that you need to know is that the front idler pulley that you need to remove is a left hand thread.

Good luck!
 

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£80?!?! plus VAT I assume. The belt on my CSE actually began to disintegrate and bits got wrapped around the alternator. The RAC towed me to a specialist they found in their database (I haven't had the car very long so I had yet to locate the nearest workshop) and it came to £54 incl VAT. The part was £18+VAT.

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Originally posted by qmc10:
[qb]£80?!?! plus VAT I assume. The belt on my CSE actually began to disintegrate and bits got wrapped around the alternator. The RAC towed me to a specialist they found in their database (I haven't had the car very long so I had yet to locate the nearest workshop) and it came to £54 incl VAT. The part was £18+VAT.

Quinton [/qb][/b]
It was 80 all in... ahh well I will let saab at it this time..
 

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Originally posted by Ant9000turbo:
It was 80 all in... ahh well I will let saab at it this time..[/b]
Make sure they change all the bits - the belt often goes because the pulley wheel/bearing (I think that's the name of the part ) has worn. If that's not fixed, the belt will go again after a few thousand miles (which happened to mine after it was "fixed" at a Saab main dealer)
 
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