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I've just had my new purchase inspected by an independent Saab specialist; he was going to service it but reckons I ought to sell it instead!

I'm not convinced, could some one help with the following points:

Its fitted with 3 spoke alloys and 195 / 65 tyre apparently these are from a C900s and are an incorrect figment for this car.

He also reckons it has been fitted with an auto box from a N/A car, as at 70mph it is doing around 3000rpm, it should be doing nearer 90 at these engine speeds.

Does this guy know what he's talking about?

The car is a 1990 9000 SE turbo auto.

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Well done, you have the same as me!! '90 9000T SE Auto that is. I believe the wheels are wrong, mine is bog standard and has 15" cross spoke/wire wheels.

As for the autobox, 3000rpm at 70 is a bit more than mine does, but not much, could be down to the wheels if they are the wrong size as that alters the gearing.
 

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Thanks for the quick replies.

Would a 195 / 65 15 tyre have a different circumference to the standard tyre? Should they be 195 / 60 15?

Liam,

Are you please with your SE Auto? I'm really not sure about my one.
 

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Yes, dead pleased with mine, thanks.
Just need to sort the slightly soft handling out. My tyres are 205/55/15, and are as far as I know the original wheels that were on the car.

Your tyre will undoubtedly be a different circumference but I'm sure someone who has all the right answers will help you soon. I have to go, work is over at last
 

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195/65*15 was a standard size on '91 9000 CDE 2.3i Auto.

i think 205/60*15 was the 2.3 turbo size that year.

Gearing is similar to our 2.3 CDE Auto.

Also, 3 spoke wheels were fitted to 9000's, various ones over the years. Normally 6J*15 or 6.5J*16.

5.5J*15 fit fine and cause no problems but were really a C900 fitment.

Andrew
 

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I think i can provide some useful info for you :

A 1990 9000T auto should have gearbox GA74303
which should at 3000 rpm give 73.82232mph on 195/60/15 tyres in 4th gear
( deep breath )

If it was a 9000i Box you would get 67.85688 mph
in top

so, your man is talking balls!

You could up the tyre size to 195/65/15 or 205/60/15 to gain the maximum topspeed of 75.5001

with regards wheel.... if they fit, i wouldn't worry...

I hope this helps..
 

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You've read my mind

I've just been searching the recomendations forum for an alternative, all I can find anywhere near are the guys in Alresford, hampshire who also do the lpg conversions.

This is a real downer for me has the Guy has looked after my previous Saabs brilliantly for the last 6 years, he just seems to have a problem with autos.

The car will need brake pads and a drive belt for the AC but I may have a go at this myself, if the kids will leave me alone long enough.
 

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Bill,

Good info, I will have a go at this myself, jsut not this weekend. Got up this morning to a power cut, Southern electric then came along and dug up the pavement infront of my drive so i can't get a car off the road.

The fixed the problem and then vanished leaving some craters and barriers.
 

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Originally posted by saabz2000:
[qb]You take the wheel arch liner off to change the belt ??? why ???  it takes twice as long if you do that!!       [/qb][/b]
Because if you don't have the Saab tool for compressing the tensioner it's the devil's own job to do it without removing the wheel arch!!


Also, it is an easier and less frustrating process to thread the belt if you've got better access.

So, you have the choice- the easy, longer method or the shorter, more difficult one.
 
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