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Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

So for the first time since my first car (I'm up to car 5 now) I don't own a Fiat... It's been an interesting ride having absolutely loved my '92 Fiat Panda but couldn't find a worthy successor.
So I've ended up with the Swedish, its still vaguely a Fiat, its pre-GM and based on the Fiat type four platform.

So here's my 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo, a.k.a Saarge, because its a bit of a barge.
It cost me approximately 25p, has some niggles but it's a lovely car.





First things first needed some sort of modification so I fitted a classy boost gauge. Had to ditch the analogue clock to fit it so now I don't know what the time is unless I switch the radio off but as a result I get to see the many boosts I'm making



It's actually the wimpy low boost version with only 180hp but its 75 more than the fastest car I've owned to date

That's about it for now, eventually I may turn the boost up a bit... 300hp is easily attainable from these without any internal work
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Re: Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

Always loved the 9000 series, Saabs in general really but particularly the 9000..

Any updates or just keeps tanking?
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Re: Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

I've been meaning to post an update for about 5 months now
I always had a real soft spot for the classic 900 and the 9000, I bought it because I saw an immaculate silver one in a car park, went home and looked them up again because it'd been a long time since I'd seen one and then ending up buying this

I'll get some more pictures up soon but so far its just being a daily driver really.
Had some hiccups along the way including losing most of its coolant on the hard shoulder of the motorway, but once I got it to stop leaking it managed the rest of my 80 mile trip before I got it sorted (mostly).

The wastegate spring is really weak and was barely hitting 5psi but the actuator is so rusted (the clip that held it on turned to dust so the whole thing stopped working) so I can't adjust it so instead I fitted a bleed valve Hits 9psi but sometimes it'll overboost a touch and hit fuel cut which ruins the fun
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Re: Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

Well I have an actual update now, car now has a stage 1 tune on the ECU and the boost controller that the Aero's have to allow the ECU to manipulate the boost level.


This relatively boring box replaced my previous 'ordinary' ECU at 180ish hp to a nice 240ish, boost is turned up to 17psi

It was all fun and games for about 150 miles and then my 150k clutch started slipping It'll hold up for now so long as I don't load it up massively but I'll get it replaced soon
Also whilst hammering it on a slip road suddenly heard lots of hissing and boost dropped considerably, pulled over and checked all my new vacuum lines assuming one had popped off, all fine, got back in and drove a bit further and realised the hissing was very loud in the car and not out. Line had popped off the back of the boost gauge So temporarily disconnected until I can be bothered to get at the back of it.
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Re: Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

But does it have JDM style wipers?

Cool car though,I do like old school Saabs.
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Re: Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

No JDM wipers unfortunately (?) Can indeed do a one-wipe without having to turn them on. It did have pointless headlight wipers (pointless in England anyway) but I removed them a while ago.
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No JDM wipers unfortunately (?) Can indeed do a one-wipe without having to turn them on. It did have pointless headlight wipers (pointless in England anyway) but I removed them a while ago.
Saab 9000 sister car to lancia thema essentially same cars apart from badges and engines.
Very underrated amazing cars.
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Re: Saab 9000 CSE (Saarge)

probs made of thicker metal than a thema lol, i'd rather crash a saab anyway lol.
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