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Old 09-21-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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5 speed auto?

So I've been really considering a 9-3SS (dont flame me, I know what I'm getting into, and am confident in myself) so I'm going to go test drive one tomorrow. Does anyone have any experience with the 5 speed automatic with senstronic? I could get a 6 speed (though I cant find any in the immediate area), but automatic is nice sometimes (especially driving in NYC and letting friends drive when youre unable to ) and I've noticed my left ankle has been swelling lately, plus if I want to drive stick I'll still have my 86 9000t still. I know several people on here have automatics (blix, abdukted (well not anymore), redaerogirl) and I'm yet to hear a major complaint

Any thoughts or experiences on the autobox?
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:52 PM   #2
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Im not sure but I think the manuals have more torque.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:58 PM   #3
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There have been reported flaring problems in the 2003 car with the auto trans, but the consensus seems to be that this is a good transmission, and is probably as reliable as the 5 or 6 speed.

I will knock on a bit of wood, but it seems to be the days of terrible automatic transmisisons in saabs seems to be gone.


I test drove a 2005 Aero 5sp Auto when I was working at the car dealer, they are plenty good.
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I can't speak for the reliability of the 9-3 5spd auto, but as far as driving, i can't think of anything to complain about dynamically smooth shifts, good gearing, although i still prefer manual and the delay when using the paddles/gear lever in manual isn't the greatest, but most cars aren't.
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I test drove an automatic 2.0t with the tiptronic system, tiptronic has a fair amount of lag, and as much as my left ankle swells up on me, well, maybe its not getting enough clutch-time, so I'm trying to get a 6 speed

Thank you everyone for your help
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:56 PM   #6
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ya dude tiptronic lags soooo hard 6spd FTW!!
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