9-3 Owners say hello & tuning tips

freshmaz

Newbie
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21
From
manchester
Car
saab 9-3 1.9 tid
Hi

New to the site and new to my saad 9-3 1.9 tid i dont have much of a clue what tuning i can do other than remapping which is first on my list can any one help with worth while tuning ideas???
 

Aikmanson

Torque Junkie
Points
62
From
Kingston, New York
Car
1995 Saab 900 2.0T
Welcome to the Saab world, prepare to never leave.

Not to familiar with the 1.9TID, but let me see what we can do. An open intake with a free flowing exhaust would be first. Then maybe a larger intercooler, followed by a remap. I am not too sure what UK remap services are out there, abbot can surely hook you up however. If you want serious power gains a larger turbo would be in order. I am not too sure on the internal status of this engine however, not a "true" Saab engine by the books, so a little research is in order.

Enjoy, talk to T9, he controls things over on that side of the pond :)
 

freshmaz

Newbie
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21
From
manchester
Car
saab 9-3 1.9 tid
Welcome to the Saab world, prepare to never leave.

Not to familiar with the 1.9TID, but let me see what we can do. An open intake with a free flowing exhaust would be first. Then maybe a larger intercooler, followed by a remap. I am not too s
ure what UK remap services are out there, abbot can surely hook you up however. If you want serious power gains a larger turbo would be in order. I am not too sure on the internal status of this engine however, not a "true" Saab engine by the books, so a little research is in order.

Enjoy, talk to T9, he controls things over on that side of the pond :)
Thanks for all the info Aikmanson I will be looking that all up when I get home! Only thing I'm unsure of is the remapp b4 or after the new turbo? Thanks again.
 

RS2011

New member
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26
From
Cheltenham England
Car
Saab 9-3 2.2 TiD
Hi all,

I have a 2001 Saab 9-3 2.2L TiD SE Coupe (approx. 169k miles at the mo!) and after reading a few articles and posts on here, I'd like to turn it into the best car it can be (also try and keep it running for a few more years!). I haven't done any mods/alterations to the car - what are the most essential ones for my 9-3, as I've read a bit about sludging and bulkheads going in older cars?

Thanks, any help's appreciated!
Ricky
 

turbonutter69

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Alone in the dark.
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Insignia SRI.
Welcome to TorqueCars mate hope you enjoy your stay buddy.:bigsmile:



Hi all,

I have a 2001 Saab 9-3 2.2L TiD SE Coupe (approx. 169k miles at the mo!) and after reading a few articles and posts on here, I'd like to turn it into the best car it can be (also try and keep it running for a few more years!). I haven't done any mods/alterations to the car - what are the most essential ones for my 9-3, as I've read a bit about sludging and bulkheads going in older cars?

Thanks, any help's appreciated!
Ricky
 

T9 man

TC ModFather
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Points
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From
London, UK
Car
Saab 9-3SS T9
Hi all,

I have a 2001 Saab 9-3 2.2L TiD SE Coupe (approx. 169k miles at the mo!) and after reading a few articles and posts on here, I'd like to turn it into the best car it can be (also try and keep it running for a few more years!). I haven't done any mods/alterations to the car - what are the most essential ones for my 9-3, as I've read a bit about sludging and bulkheads going in older cars?

Thanks, any help's appreciated!
Ricky
Greetings and Welcome! ;)
 

T9 man

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From
London, UK
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Saab 9-3SS T9
Hi all,

I have a 2001 Saab 9-3 2.2L TiD SE Coupe (approx. 169k miles at the mo!) and after reading a few articles and posts on here, I'd like to turn it into the best car it can be (also try and keep it running for a few more years!). I haven't done any mods/alterations to the car - what are the most essential ones for my 9-3, as I've read a bit about sludging and bulkheads going in older cars?

Thanks, any help's appreciated!
Ricky
Have the bulkhead and sludging checked out by a Saab specialist! I assume by your post that these issues were found out AFTER you purchased the car??

If your willing to travel? as I can't vouch for any good garages in your area but you may well know of one or two, then I would suggest a journey to Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire and to visit the highly regarded Neo Bros -www.neobrothers.co.uk
These chaps are very very good! :bigsmile: they install and sell factory products, performance equipment, and guaranteed used items as well.

They will NOT tell you any rubbish and you can trust them completely. Ask to speak to Andy or Nicholas and tell them Dr Reid recommended you.

Alternatively, there is Abbott Racing Motorsport - www.abbottracing.net based at Wix in Essex. They too are very good but a tad expensive, ask to speak to Giles or Ed and again tell them that I recommended you.

If your after mild performance mods for the 2.2 then I would suggest a panel filter upgrade first and then a stage 1 remap. Drive this around to get a good feel of it for a couple of months or so before going to the next stage.
Have a look in my gallery on my profile Ricky for some ideas of what you can do!

Good luck :)
 

pgarner

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Lockerbie, SW Scotland
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Octy smoke machine
hey and welcome

sludging can be helped by using quality oil - to the spec in the handbook - and by changing regularly.

most sludging is normally because people are following the extended services (20k) your better changing 9-10k. better spending £50-60, if you do it yourself, than having oil starvation due to the sludge in the pickup pipe and having a nice £££
 

T9 man

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Saab 9-3SS T9
What crankcase ventilation system does it have? If your car was built before 2004 it will be from before the engine was modified to cure the crankcase ventilation/sludge problem. There was one short-lived modification that caused a lot of mayo in the filler tube and caused quite high oil consumption.

Again, if you have an early car you should get the sump removed and cleaned. Then run the car on fully synthetic oil.
 

RS2011

New member
Points
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From
Cheltenham England
Car
Saab 9-3 2.2 TiD
Thanks everyone...

The car's from 2001 T9 so I'll probably need the sump removed & cleaned/checked - I'll get the sump and the bulkhead checked soon by a garage, or is it something that you can do yourself?? The bulkhead & sludging probs weren't ones that I knew of when I bought the car a couple of years ago, but now I know of them I need to get them sorted.

Any views on the 9-3 rollbar modification that a few people have had on here? I understand that it's easy to do, relatively cheap and improves handling a lot, but from another thread on here, will it only make a big difference on the cabriolet and not a coupe like mine?

Cheers,
Ricky
 

T9 man

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Saab 9-3SS T9
I assume you mean the piggyback ARB? yes it is worth doing and you will notice the difference in the handling straightaway! I think the kit is a 19mm ARB, and it is getting very good feedback from people!
The sump you can do yourself but it is an absolute rascal apparently.
The bulkhead inspection I suppose you could also do yourself, but I would be inclined to let an expert look in the areas they would expect to find any cracks, then there is less chance of you missing it or them!

Sites to look at for performance goodies here are: www.partsforsaabs.com and www.elkparts.com plus abroad there is: www.maptun.com and finally www.genuinesaab.com


I have purchased goods from all of these sites over the years and have yet to be disappointed. ;)
 

awjones

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From
PA
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2007 Saab 93 2.0T
hey Gang, first post just wanted to say hello. Apparently I joined the forum in 09, and posted for the first time today lol...
Name is Aaron, I have a 2007 Saab 93 2.0T in TitanGrey Metallic with a few modifications. I have quite the long "to-do" list of modifications, but here is what I do have:

BSR Stage 1 ecu reflash (247hp, 286 ft lbs)
BSR Optiflow open intake
GenuineSaab strut tower brace
GenuineSaab 3pt sub-frame brace
GenuineSaab short shift kit
Euro spec front rub strips
Hirsch Leather Door kit, including e-brake and smart slot
Aero decklid spoiler
front Euro plate "JAS-39A", for "those in the know"

and a few minor details like: interior led lighting, led license plate, NeffyWrap carbon fibre trim, G2 ebony calipers, 35% Llumar tint, and a few others....more to come.
Nice looking forum, look forward to haunting the Saab sub-forums haha! See ya on the boards!
 
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turbonutter69

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Alone in the dark.
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Insignia SRI.
Hello and Welcome to TorqueCars.

hey Gang, first post just wanted to say hello. Apparently I joined the forum in 09, and posted for the first time today lol...
Name is Aaron, I have a 2007 Saab 93 2.0T in TitanGrey Metallic with a few modifications. I have quite the long "to-do" list of modifications, but here is what I do have:

BSR Stage 1 ecu reflash (247hp, 286 ft lbs)
BSR Optiflow open intake
GenuineSaab strut tower brace
GenuineSaab 3pt sub-frame brace
GenuineSaab short shift kit
Euro spec front rub strips
Hirsch Leather Door kit, including e-brake and smart slot
Aero decklid spoiler
front Euro plate "JAS-39A", for "those in the know"

and a few minor details like: interior led lighting, led license plate, NeffyWrap carbon fibre trim, G2 ebony calipers, 35% Llumar tint, and a few others....more to come.
Nice looking forum, look forward to haunting the Saab sub-forums haha! See ya on the boards!
 

T9 man

TC ModFather
Moderator
Points
1,137
From
London, UK
Car
Saab 9-3SS T9
hey Gang, first post just wanted to say hello. Apparently I joined the forum in 09, and posted for the first time today lol...
Name is Aaron, I have a 2007 Saab 93 2.0T in TitanGrey Metallic with a few modifications. I have quite the long "to-do" list of modifications, but here is what I do have:

BSR Stage 1 ecu reflash (247hp, 286 ft lbs)
BSR Optiflow open intake
GenuineSaab strut tower brace
GenuineSaab 3pt sub-frame brace
GenuineSaab short shift kit
Euro spec front rub strips
Hirsch Leather Door kit, including e-brake and smart slot
Aero decklid spoiler
front Euro plate "JAS-39A", for "those in the know"

and a few minor details like: interior led lighting, led license plate, NeffyWrap carbon fibre trim, G2 ebony calipers, 35% Llumar tint, and a few others....more to come.
Nice looking forum, look forward to haunting the Saab sub-forums haha! See ya on the boards!
Nice to see another 9-3 out there! I have the 2003 Aero ss and share some of your list already. The Hirsch leather door kit, BSR Optiflow open intake with modifications, Aero decklid spoiler, custom made front strut brace from the world renowned Abbott Racing Motorsport based here in the UK and a mod list to large to mention here, have a look on my profile.
The best of luck with your future mods Aaron and if you need any help, feel free to come back here at anytime! ;)
 

Aikmanson

Torque Junkie
Points
62
From
Kingston, New York
Car
1995 Saab 900 2.0T
Thanks everyone...

The car's from 2001 T9 so I'll probably need the sump removed & cleaned/checked - I'll get the sump and the bulkhead checked soon by a garage, or is it something that you can do yourself?? The bulkhead & sludging probs weren't ones that I knew of when I bought the car a couple of years ago, but now I know of them I need to get them sorted.

Any views on the 9-3 rollbar modification that a few people have had on here? I understand that it's easy to do, relatively cheap and improves handling a lot, but from another thread on here, will it only make a big difference on the cabriolet and not a coupe like mine?

Cheers,
Ricky
It will make a big difference. I have a 1995 900 SET Coupe, and I installed the 22mm ARB from genuine saab. It was a night and day difference, the best cheap upgrade you can do. Don't go for a 19mm, go for the 22mm, it is a good balance for street use.

As for the "sump", I would drop the oil pan yourself and check the pickup screen for sludge and other nasty stuff. I know that the 2.0 and 2.3 motors from 2000-2002 are prone to sludging. You can get an upgrade called PCV # 6 from genuine saab. WELL WORTH THE MONEY. This one is the last version and has been around for a few years now. I would recommend going the extra mile and changing your cars oil every 5k. No sooner however as it isn't necessary, but every 10k is a scary thought...

Have fun Saabin.
 

T9 man

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London, UK
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Saab 9-3SS T9
It will make a big difference. I have a 1995 900 SET Coupe, and I installed the 22mm ARB from genuine saab. It was a night and day difference, the best cheap upgrade you can do. Don't go for a 19mm, go for the 22mm, it is a good balance for street use.

As for the "sump", I would drop the oil pan yourself and check the pickup screen for sludge and other nasty stuff. I know that the 2.0 and 2.3 motors from 2000-2002 are prone to sludging. You can get an upgrade called PCV # 6 from genuine saab. WELL WORTH THE MONEY. This one is the last version and has been around for a few years now. I would recommend going the extra mile and changing your cars oil every 5k. No sooner however as it isn't necessary, but every 10k is a scary thought...

Have fun Saabin.
Will look out for the 22mm version of the ARB, have only seen the 19mm version advertised here! if it's not available in the UK then it's a phone call to Nick or Leah at Genuinesaab to get that ordered. Agree totally about the oil change frequency, I actually do mine every 4k as the Aero computer gives the quality of oil remaining as a percentage which gets low after 4k; and it only ever has Saab genuine synthetic too :amazed: Best to be safe than sorry as I have a small fortune tied up in that engine! :)
 

awjones

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From
PA
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2007 Saab 93 2.0T
thanks for the welcome guys! nice car T9man, those rims are sick!!!! i need to get an album up for my profile....
 
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