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Spotted this on another Board - some Saab Turbo drivers have already replied!

Interesting thread on a Suburu list:

http://www.scoobynet.co.uk/bbs/thread.asp?...?threadid=72244

Thread reads:

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Driving home tonight along the A11 when car comes stonking up behind me and wizzes past. A Saab Turbo. He was motoring.

Come up to my exit & notice that the same car had been held up in traffic & was coming off at my junction.

He-heh thinks I as this exit has a short bit of dual which is a very sweeping, tight RH corner leading into a sharp left as it becomes single.

Saab Turbo can obviously go fast in a straight line but not round corners as I easily overtake him

Saab obviously miffed at this as he proceeds to follow very closely for the next mile or so as unable to overtake due to road/traffic. I then turn off into the boonies along the twisting non A or B roads that form the next part of the journey home. I decided to have some fun & proceeded to well & truly leave him behind round the bendy bits & I know he was trying

He eventually caught up with me inside a 30 Zone (me doing 30) just before I turned off & he went on.

Excellent last few miles home & I haven't had such a fun thrash in ages The roads are very wiggly & its hard to break the speed limit, but its all about going round corners

Oh & I was driving my turbo diesel Vectra

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Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Good read anyway - and bring on the Scoobies!! (Once I've got my suspension upgraded!)

Kevin Mc
 

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Not very 9000 orientated - but was having another look at Scoobynet - there must be half a million posts on there. Some members have 14000 posts to their names!

Better get waffling!

Left the 9000 in the garage today - probably safer in there. As long as the cat doesn't puke on it! ;-)
 

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I was just randomly flicking through some threads on Scoobynet and found this:

"So there I was, driving back from Bournmouth at 6pm on the M3 just past Southampton going to the M25 J9 dreading the journey. Then lo and behold, the A272 - about 70 miles with 4-5 villages on the way. Even with the intermittant rain, constant spray and at night it was pure heaven compared with an hour or so of the M3. For the first 50 miles I followed a Saab 9000 who I assume knew the road since he was 'making progess' much quicker than I would have managed on my own - fantastic! "

They're not all bad then!
 

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Before anyone wades in see:

http://www.scoobynet.co.uk/bbs/thread.asp?...?threadid=78683

Lot of sense written by their moderator. Suppose I'm guilty of being immature - as the moderator said, if you wade into another BB, you're not going to give those people a good impression of Saab (/ whatever car) owners....

They aren't too bad after all. I'll shut up now as I can going on about a non Saab BB - at least they are talking about Saabs though! Still interesting and worth a look.
 

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maybe we're closer to Subaru than we think...

has anyone heard any news about the proposed Saab link-up with them for a future project? I read somewhere last year that this was supposed to happen.

a Saab with Subaru underpinnings sounds quite agreeable.
 

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It was definately THE rumour when GM took a controlling interest in Saab, as they owned most (if not all) of Subaru.
However its' not made it....yet.

Out of interest, whilst looking through some old issues of Performance Car a hot news item in '91 was that Saab were on the way to producing a 9000 coupe!!!
Shows just how many hot news items are rubbish....
Nick.
 

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The guy with the diesel Vectra was obviously/probably taking the p*ss (mind you it's dead easy to go very fast in a straight line in a fast car but not everyone can negotiate corners as quick - including me btw ). Having said that how many of you honestly reckon any model of Saab 9000 could stay with a sorted 4wd WRX Scooby on the twisty bits? But then again how many (legit) turbo Scoobys cost 5K or under? You pays your money...............
 

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Dave, that can depend on traffic density and the ability of the drivers to overtake skillfully.

I stayed with an Impreza P1 in my 2.0LPT earlier this week but the traffic was such that he never really got a good clear stretch.

Reading the road ahead and positioning the car for visibility and well timed overtaking can make any car impressively quick across country. It's a question of maintaining momentum.

Beyond that, driver skill and/or the level of risk they take on will often win out in the end.

Cheers,

Liam.
 

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I have found my 9000cd 2.3 the veritable rocket on the straight, but rather dismal on the corners, be they sharp twists or more open curves. I believe it naive to compare the 9000 chassis to a modern sport vehicle, particularly 4wd Subaru.
 

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Since looking at Scoobynet, I have been perusing other boards, and it is refreshing to see that most seem like decent people - even a BMW board!

Basically the Scooby and M3 owners on the BB's appreciate other cars, and on the whole show their awareness of other car's capabilities without being detrimental.

Nope don't think anyone could compare a standard 9000 against an Impreza on the bendy bits. My Carlsson is better than standard, but still doubt I could stay with a Scooby on the bends!

Mind you, these days I don't tend to bother on the bendy bits, as I'm all to aware that there may be a queue of traffic, or a tractor just round that bend! (Nice open bends are different though) ;-)
 

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A guy i used to work with had a 280BHP 'scoobie' WRX, I have a 9000 Aero manual with switchable traction control.

Anyone in a SAAB who tries to keep up with a scoobie round wet twisty roads will die horribly. In a straight line its a mich more even fight especially as the WRX's have stange gearing. A few thoughts would be

Scoobie
Very good round corners
decent ones cost £10,000+
Can't leave them anuwhere
Never be lonely - always have a police escort home

Aero
Fast enough for me
mine cost £5500 2 years ago
Much more practical
Good for 200,000 miles

as always you pays your money & takes your choice

However, as always, if you just want to go fast buy a motorbike

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37 litres sounds good, what spring/damper combination would you recomend for my 1973 MK2 Spitfire? I know it'll be quick in a straight line but I'm a bit worried about the extra weight and getting round corners - does the bolt pattern on the block fit the standard gearbox bellhousing btw or will I need an adaptor plate?
 
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