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I am in the process of searching out my first SAAB, I got here via BMW, Vauxhall, VW, Audi etc etc. I want something safe, something to cruise in, something to blast in (where speed limits allow!!), something for the family. Anyway, I have decided on a 9000, but which one?? Would the 2.0 eco be quick enough?

Also, I have been told that the turning circle is very poor on these cars is that correct?

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Do not find the turning circle that bad- steering is quite light at that speed so have never had a problem considering it is such a large car.

2.0t may be quick enough if you have not driven anything with the same power. 2.3t would be a good compromise with 175bhp and loadsa low down torque for effortless acceleration.

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with new ecu, exhaust. .....
 

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A standard 2.0 Eco is fine, but full Saab service history is absolutely essential, or at the least serviced by known independant specialists. Check out the site and you'll get an idea of who'se recommended for supplying and servicing SAABS.

On performance, I took a standard ECO and stuck an Abbot ECU, new air filter and dump valve in and the difference in performance was amazing for relatively little money. Other people offer similar mods - see elsewhere on this site, check out abbottracing.com, or check out Speedparts ECU options on www.elkparts.com - to name but two.

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I have a 9000CDE with 2.3l engine and turbo.
I would recommend this engine/turbo to have the best of both worlds. Plenty of spirited power available should you need it(or want to use it when the family isn't with you).

I have heard some complaints that the standard 2.0 is a little slow on the take off from a dead start. That isn't the case with the larger engine and turbo

Good Luck.

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Thanks for all the prompt responses, I've never been so popular...

There are a couple of 9000 CSE 2.0t's close by, 90K ish miles, manual gearbox, full history, one being sold by a local independant (APLSAAB) with warranty, neither with leather but all the other toys. I like the sound of the chipping/air filter/dump valve by Mark R.

thanks again
 

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The best thing to do is go for a test drive and see how it feels.

I used to have a 150BHP na 2.3. I moved onto a 150BHP 2.0 Eco. My Wife has a 200BHP 2.3FPT Auto. Brother has a 2.3FPT manual (which we think maybe some sort of Aero as its a very odd hybrid and doesn't seem to exist as a standard model)

The 2.0Eco is a good car to drive - Saab get the turbo right so there is plenty of umph right across the revs but compared to a 2.3FPT it is a bit "dead" and you need to drive the revs higher to get the best out of it. Having said that I sometimes find the 2.3FPT can be a bit wild.. only car I've managed to spin the wheels on at 30mph


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I should qualify that it was in a 2.3FPT Auto with TCS in the DRY that I spun the wheels .. well until TCS grabbed control and turned the
off

There are reasons why the wife drives the 2.3.. shes american and is already driving on the "wrong" side of the road. Also I can only get 32mpg off it on the motorway where as the 2.0Eco gives me 38+ on the same run.

Steve
 
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