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Old 01-30-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Replacement for totaled Saab-Aero or 2.0T

I'm looking to replace my totaled 2005 Saab Conv Aero with another Saab convertible. I had a 2.0T Aero and thought about switching to the Aero V6. Any thoughts or advice? I'm concerned about the intake valve issue on the 2.0Ts. My Saab dealer's (Jim Ellis) service techs said that it's pretty inevitable that a 2007-2009 2.0Ts will need to have their intake valves replaced....especially if you don't run premium. Since I'm buying a used car, I won't know if the car I'm buying was fueled with premium. Any issues to be aware of with the Aero? I'm looking at 2008-2009 Aero convertibles and 2009-2011 2.0T convertibles.

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James
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:00 AM   #2
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James,

I'm sure that there are differing opinions re: the V6 as opposed to the 2.0 engines. I had never owned a V6 car until a couple of years ago when I bought one for a friend looking for an Aero 6 speed. I was impressed with the power and smoothness but didn't really have time to get a long term test. I have an '08 Aero now and I'm impressed with it. It's really smooth, powerful and more refined feeling in my opinion. I still think the 2.0 is great engine and plenty for just about any situation but if you're a lover of power it's hard to beat the V6. Also with nothing more than a remapped ECM it's a beast. Hard for me to imagine that Saab engineers left so much performance on the table but I'd imagine that reliability and liability were likely reasons.

The V6 is a pain to work on but so far all I've had to do with mine is replace the coils and plugs which, according to my mechanic, is to be expected at around 80k.

As far as the potential mechanical issues that you raise re: the 2.0t and intake valves I haven't heard that said about the 2.0 engines. From personal experience I've never had any valve issues and my daughters' '05 9-3's ran from 40k to 135k+ on regular with no issues. If I've just been lucky perhaps others will respond and recount their experiences.

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Old 02-10-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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Proud owner of my second Saab. I own am 06 9-3 2.oT. I love it. Like our friend above the only work I've had to do consisted of replacing a coil and plugs (bought car in 2011 @ 68K, replaced this year at 122k). I love the torque once you hit the power band giving you a taste of the v6 but still getting the v4 mpg. My first was a 99 9-5 which lasted to 275k and wouldve kept running butfor a small issue. I would recommend a Saab to anyone given the car has been taken care of; of course its on a case to case basis but nevertheless. Hope this helps.



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