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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:52 am 
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Car Model: 95 Aero Wagon ST3
So, I picked up Reggie the other day - OG 9-5 Aero wagon manual steel grey electric memory seats heats front and rear black leather - all original and working. He's been around the block a few times at 171k but full S/H and a 'careful lady owner' for many years after retirement from fleet duty for the first 4 years. He's been in the custodianship of a SAAB guy for the last 3 years so he's been looked after mechanically. Cosmetically not too shabby for a 14 year old car - a couple of minor dents in the bonnet, some bumper scrapeage and a little bubbling at the front of the rear wheel arches (the usual), mirror brackets need a repaint, wheels in need of a refurb, interior in great shape.

Here's the thing though - I paid less than £3 per horsepower! It would have been rude not to snap it up.

Here's a picture of him parked up in front of his twin (well sort of) '05 9-5 2.2 TID wagon (hence twin turbo quip - sort of!)

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Plan is to swap over the good bits from the oil burner - front bumper, wheels (already refubished), mirrors, SID and ACC control panel (no dead pixels) - and then sell the TID.

Shame to sell the TID because everything works with only 145k on the clock, full service history, history file with all receipts from new (SAAB demonstrator + one previous owner), new clutch and flywheel, poly bushed trailing arms, new rose joints, poly bushed subframe (2 out of 6), polybushed torque rod, new gear linkage, new discs and pads all round all within the last 2 years. It's just flown through its MOT and it drives really well (for a diesel) however, once you've driven an Aero there's just no going back. Plus I don't really have the space. The garage is full of stuff and the space on the drive is usually where my wife's 9-3 Sportwagon sits.

I'll update this thread once I've done the swap so that anyone interested in doing the same can see the results. After that, who knows? Maybe add a little pep to the engine (stage 1), one of those Abbott dump valves and a S/S exhaust. I don't want to go too mad but it would be nice to have a play and let at least a little of the inner beast out.

I knew my fuel bills would go up but I was pleasantly surprised with the economy while driving sensibly (sort of), averaging about 35mpg on a mix of longish runs and traffic. I wanted to see how economical it could be so I went for what I call an ecomony run where I drive 7 miles up the dual carriageway and back again at a constant 56mph on cruise and the SID figure stated 42.8mpg! I know the speedo is usually a bit optomistic but only by about 2mph at 70 when compared with the satnav. I couldn't believe how good it was. Happy days.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:13 pm 
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Bit of an update. So, I pulled the shark tooth front bumper off the TID and gave it a bit of a respray.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:21 pm 
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Then I took Reggies' face off:
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I had already at this point put the refurbished wheels on and sorted out a new display for the SID and a replacement ACC panel (thanks Si).
Now it's looking better, time to get it into the workshop for some much needed TLC on the engine to repair some leaks, sump drop and all new PCV system.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:27 pm 
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A bit of snow came and so put the winter tyres onto the TID and had some fun!
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If you don't want to get stuck in the snow stick a set of Viking Snow-Tec 2s on and just drive about like normal.
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Snow, ice, 10% hills up or down - no problems.
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Still, I didn't want to risk bending the Aero having spent loads of time on it. Once the snow was over I let the TID go to a new good home and focused my attention back on the Aero.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:34 pm 
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Now that the engine is leak free and running sweet. Well almost. I had experienced some fluttering on hard acceleration and thought it might be the boost control solenoid. Changed that and there was an improvement but not completely sorted. Also the boost seemed to be there some of the time but not always. There was a suggestion that the charge air bypass valve might be to blame so instead of replacing with stock I decided to get one of the Abbott Racing ones. Problem solved. Now the boost is all there all the time.
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Now I have a good basis to build on for the next stages. Next up will be full stainless exhaust with 3" downpipe, high flow cat and a better soundtrack. After that, maybe a little cheeky remap?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:49 am 
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Does the abbot sound any different to stock one?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:43 pm 
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Not really. Much better throttle response though. The engine sounds more grunty but that's probably because I have all the boost back.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:22 pm 
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So, having said that the boost is there all of the time....Opened my big mouth too soon! Kept getting base boost intermittently. changed all the vacuum hoses to the BOV control components including the one to the FPR. Still the same. Ordered a new APC valve because I thought the recently replaced one might be faulty. At least I thought so. I disconnected the waste gate pipe from the APC and drove it causiously up the road. Wow! Boost! But uncontrolled! so popped the pipe back on.

I fitted the new APC valve and the problem was still there. I did some further diagnosis and it turns out that the intermittent boost problem was down to one of the evap non return valves being faulty and as it's an '03 the APC valve was intermittently getting boost pressure onto the relief port via the 'T' thus causing the issue. I determined this by doing "the bolt mod" and sure enough the boost came back. Next job was to connect stuff up properly again but differently.

I have now disconnected the evap line from the cobra pipe and connected the APC relief port directly to the cobra (as per '06 onwards) by attaching a new bit of 6mm tube to the existing T with a bolt clamped in it to seal it off (easier than trying to remove and replace the whole pipe). Then I connected the evap valve directly to the throttle body via a new non return valve. This has sorted the issue once and for all. I will keep the other APC valve as a spare.

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Sweet!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:04 am 
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Yesterday Reggie was the proud receiver of a new stainless steel full turbo back exhaust with 3" DP, high flow cat and 2.5" mid and rear sections from MIJ exhausts. I went for the mid sport sound which tbh is a fair bit louder than I imagined it would be but the noise is growing on me! The burble you get when decelerating is awesome and when you want to be stealthy and just cruise along you can hardly hear the exhaust. That is until you hit the loud pedal.......! WAAAAARP! A huge thank you to the guys at MIJ who have done a spot on job.

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Need to give it a polish! Driving back through the rain did this.

As an unexpected surprise I bumped into Elli Wilson (Vice Chair of SAAB owners club) who was there having a new rear section fitted to his 9-3. We chatted for ages about SAABS and general stuff and he kindly gave me a copy of SAAB Driver magazine. Top bloke.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:42 am 
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3.5 Bar FPR and stage 3 ECU went in last night. Now the beast has been awoken! Need to get the B8s and Eibach springs fitted now so the beast can be tamed.

Huge thanks to Noobtune.

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