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    The Saaba begins: 1995 Saab 9000 Aero

    In the words of Richard Hammond, "It makes turbo noises!" It has a K&N cold air intake, a JT3 catback exhaust, and a Nordic Stage 3 tune, so the powertrain is much more savage than stock.





    Cameraphone proof pic:


    Took it to a local Saab specialist shop to look it over and fix some little issues, and took some pictures of the rare gems in their lot:







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    Congratulations! Now get rid of the K&N stickers
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    Quote Originally Posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
    Congratulations! Now get rid of the K&N stickers
    It is a bit ricey, isn't it?

    I chatted with the mechanic for a bit and brought up Jaguars, and the dude wrinkled his nose with the most pained expression on his face. When I pressed him, he revealed that he used to own a '79 XJ6. He looked very skeptical when I told him that they'd gotten better since then. Once burned, forever shy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Labcoatguy View Post
    It is a bit ricey, isn't it?

    I chatted with the mechanic for a bit and brought up Jaguars, and the dude wrinkled his nose with the most pained expression on his face. When I pressed him, he revealed that he used to own a '79 XJ6. He looked very skeptical when I told him that they'd gotten better since then. Once burned, forever shy.
    That from a guy who works on SAABs for a living.
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    Saabs are cool. My childhood memories dates to trip to Finland with dad's work car 9000. I loved it.

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    Fantastic car, I love it. I used to dream of these late model Aeros back when I drove an older 9K Turbo. Just get rid of the chicken wire in the grille.
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    About damn time you got one...man, looking at those pictures, I kinda miss New England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlaRo View Post
    About damn time you got one...man, looking at those pictures, I kinda miss New England.
    If Steven King has taught me anything, New England is the scariest place on Earth.
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    Saab!!

    Looks like a nice one - despite the fact I personally wouldn't have a 9000, I can definitely see the attraction.
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    Mind if I ask how much you paid? I've been wanting a Saab lately for some reason. I love the look of the 9000.

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    I paid $3500 for mine, and am putting in about ~$800 right off the bat to fix a radiator and other malfunctioning bits, so be aware that the maintenance costs will be nowhere near those for your Accord. The mechanic at the shop also owns a 9000, but his has over 300k miles, so it's in experienced hands. There's a few of them in Colorado on http://www.saabnet.com/tsn/class/9000.html that you might be interested in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tcdoe View Post
    Fantastic car, I love it. I used to dream of these late model Aeros back when I drove an older 9K Turbo. Just get rid of the chicken wire in the grille.
    There's a vestigial pikey in my head that's refusing to take that off. I rather like it. Might paint it glossy black though.
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    Looks like it has the top spec leather interior. I've never sat in one so I don't know how comfortable it is but it does look awesome to say the least.

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    Exhaust is a bit too large for me, though I can't really complain if it's functional. I love the 3-spoke wheels. Do I remember you saying somewhere that it has rather high mileage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perc View Post
    Looks like it has the top spec leather interior. I've never sat in one so I don't know how comfortable it is but it does look awesome to say the least.

    The Aero seats are amazing compared to the standard seats that come in the CS and CSE models.

    They sit slightly lower, allowing for more headroom for taller drivers, as well as having better upper back and shoulder support.
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    It's funny because Saaba is hebrew for grandpa and this is a bit of a grandpa car. It's a great car, but in all honestly you need Lancia Thema trim pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thevictor390 View Post
    Exhaust is a bit too large for me, though I can't really complain if it's functional. I love the 3-spoke wheels. Do I remember you saying somewhere that it has rather high mileage?
    You mean the exhaust tip, right? Because a 3 inch exhaust downpipe is a pretty important upgrade on turbo cars of that time and make a significant improvement in performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
    You mean the exhaust tip, right? Because a 3 inch exhaust downpipe is a pretty important upgrade on turbo cars of that time and make a significant improvement in performance.
    Yes, just talking about the appearance of the tip.

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