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Old 02-04-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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'01 9-3 Needs New Engine...Can I use?...

Hi, need an new engine (old one b205r) and see great deals on the next generation's engine B207R. Can I do this swap and save money (not to mention i'd get an engine with much lower mileage)?

I'm not a 'car guy' so i wont be insulted if you explain it to me like a 5 year old.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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The B207 is a GM Ecotec 4 cylinder, as GM pulled the plug on the "traditional" SAAB engine.
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Maybe you could, not sure really. Anything is possible as long as there is enough space in the engine bay, but with retrofitting things, it may be more costly. I would swap in a B204 or a B234, why bother with B207 garbage?
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If you want to save money and time, just stick with a motor from your generation.
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Def. too hard and not worth the effort.


I thought it would be could do the opposite: replace the ecotec engine in an SS with earlier trionic setup.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:53 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input so far! So that I'm clear, I can use the b204, b234 or b25 engine? If so, will I need a new computer or turbo as well?

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Thanks for the input so far! So that I'm clear, I can use the b204, b234 or b25 engine? If so, will I need a new computer or turbo as well?

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Old 02-06-2011, 12:48 PM   #8
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Easiest solution is to get another b205 engine. A b235 will drop right in, but should have the computer flashed for the change in volume (displacement). Use of a b204 or b234 will require changing the cylinder head, and possibly timing cover depending what model the engine came from. Most important thing to consider here is your intentions for the car. Are you looking for a daily driver or do you want to build a monster? Also if you're paying a shop to do this, they'll probably be most inclined to use the exact engine that comes out
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