Ok lets start off with first saying that car makers program ECU's to give good power with a level torque curve to keep driveability and fuel consumption at a level and steady rate (unless you are dealing with a sports car). In the case of our SAAB's they are capable of more power on stock internals but SAAB tuned them to the point of being reliable with enough power for the masses but not so much that the EPA and other agencies start to penalize them for it.
The major companies that do ECU tuning are Maptun, Nordic and SQR. There are alot of options that you can run based on your budget but if you have a 2000 or newer SAAB with a T7 you will be paying more than the older SAABs do.
What are the specs on your car? and what are you looking to get out of it?
The thing that you have to remember is that any mod you do to the car can sacrifice its longevity but if properly maintained (ie: oil changes, fresh plugs and filters etc...) you can make it last a long time. I have an 86 Turbo 900 that has 246K on it and still running strong so it is possible to keep them around for a long time. Just be prepared to spend the extra money to keep the car in shape and do the mods right and don't scrimp on the important stuff.
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