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 Post subject: 2003 9-5 Aero Estate.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:06 pm 
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Car Model: 2002 9-3 Aero
So, I brought this car in mid November 2018. For a few reasons really, it was black, the exterior and interior was in excellent condition, it was a really rare/unusual spec. I need an estate as I have 4 dogs, but it wasn't without its problems, visually it was fine, but i knew it was a mechanical nightmare (How it had passed an MOT the day before i brought it god only knows, but thats traders for you) - Anyways it was super cheap at £600, I knew before i even drove it away, it had a totally knackered exhaust, subframe bushes were destroyed, tyres weren't the best, EML was on, self levelling headlights light was on, oil wasn't even registering on the dip stick, blue smoke out the back etc

So i set off to drive it home and half way down the motorway whilst stuck in traffic, smoke starting coming from the engine bay! I had nothing with me except screen wash haha. I checked under the bonnet and the expansion tank lid wasn't on correctly and I had water wee everywhere, So I managed to get my girlfriend to meet me somewhere about 5 miles away (luckily I was near a junction of the motorway), so she brought me loads of bottles of water and i just filled it up and managed to get it home!

Fortunately, I have a 2004 9-5 Aero saloon, which has low mileage and a solid engine! So i got a pen and paper and started planning my project and i knew it wasn't going to be cheap or easy! First of all, the spec of the estate:

2003 9-5 Aero estate, black
170,000 Miles
Full black electric memory heated and vented seats
Rear heated seats
Auto dimming wing mirrors and rear view mirror
Sun roof
Folding mirrors
Sat nav
Harmon Kardon Sound system
Rear parking sensors





So, donor car!


The plan is:

-Swap the engine out from the silver saloon to the estate
-Swap the dash from the saloon to the estate as it has the new black one, along with the centre console aswell, also swapping out the silver fascia for carbon fibre.
-Swap the clocks as the ones in the estate are faulty
-Swap the headlights as the ones on the saloon are in better condition, also needs to swap the self levelling sensors over as mine work on the saloon.
-Full New Abbott racing 3" Exhaust
-DO88 Delivery Pipe and Intercooler
-DO88 Coolant hoses, Heater Hoses, Intercooler hoses
-Replace all vacuum lines
-Maptun Dumpvalve
-New APC valve & Boost control valve
-Brand new 9-5 Aero Clutch and Slave cylinder
-I have brought a sharktooth front bumper in black
-Replacement boot (as mine has a rust patch on) with a roof spoiler
-Polybush subframe
-Brand new discs and pads all round, also new handbrake shoes
-Sump drop and clean
-Full service, new gearbox oil and engine coolant
-Kinugawa Actuator for the turbo
-Noobtune stage 3 (300bhp, 450nm)
-Jamsaab Short shifter
-Powdercoat rocker cover, horseshoe engine mount, new rocker gasket & replace all bolts with stainless steel
-Hirsch 6 spoke alloys or a nice set of aftermarket ones
-Bilstein b8 & eiback spring kit
-Double din JVC headunit

Obviously all of this stuff won't be done in one go, so i made this topic so I could update it every time something new is done and if people are interested they can keep an eye on it. I don't know if I will do anything more than I have listed power wise with this car, because it starts becoming about turbos, pistons, rods etc and I'm not sure if i even need/want it any faster


PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:19 pm 
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Location: Edinburgh
Car Model: 9-5 2.3t Arc Estate
Go for it, you appear to be taking this on with your eyes wide open. I am a big fan of the wagons. Mine is lined up for a makeover in the coming year but not as extreme as yours. I love the ventilated seats.

Saab 9-5 2.3t Arc auto estate (Big Red)
Saab 9000 2.3 CDi S auto
Saab 9-5 2.0t Airflow
Jaguar XJ6

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:27 pm 
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Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:04 pm
Posts: 290
Location: Berkshire
Car Model: 2002 9-5 Hot Aero Estate
Looks a great base to start from, and even more extras than i’ve got, i’m only slightly envious!

Will be watching this with interest :D

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:00 pm 
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Location: The Cronx
Car Model: 9-5 HOT Aero Wagon
That's a heavyweight list, can't wait to see this develop! 8)

9-5 MY2002 HOT Aero Wagon
'72 Cal-look Beetle

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