The Saab Link Forums - Reply to Topic

Go Back   The Saab Link Forums > Saab 9-5 '98-'09 Forum > Performance Modifications for the 9-5 > saab griffin power upgrade?

Performance Modifications for the 9-5 This forum contains PERFORMANCE related Q&A's for the 9-5. This may also include suspension. is the premier Saab Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Thread: saab griffin power upgrade? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces):
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Saab Link Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Vehicle Info.
Enter your vehicle information (year, model, mods)
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Topic Review (Newest First)
05-19-2014 12:33 PM
Harvey's Autohaus Nordic has had impressive results with tuned v6 3.0. but saab mechanics ohave come to the conclusion that they're great for income 3.0 cost twice as much in the long run to maintain. it breaks twice as much of everything and it cost twice as much to fix it. so its good business to have an engine that fails regularly and people spend way more money to maintain. I personally would rather keep people in 4 cylinders but if you want to spend all your money with me fixing your V 6 I'll take it but I always warn people its not in their best interest.
05-19-2014 08:59 AM
Cark The fact it's a V6 makes me think things like the brakes could be upgraded (larger 308 fronts, 300mm rears), suspension could be lower and tighter (aero or aftermarket) the front seats could be changed for the larger bolstered Aero ones, and then there is exterior stuff... Just to get started
05-19-2014 07:31 AM
steved Not sure I can upgrade anything on the griffin though. The only option of this year was the rear seat heating. which this car has. It was 24K $ more than the base 9-5 so not sure what to upgrade. Open for suggestion though. This was an 84K car in 1999.
05-19-2014 05:50 AM
Cark ^Thats more like it! You can upgrade lots of other things on the car before the engine and you will have yourself a good car that can provide you a fantastic driving experience!

I spend plenty of time on SC. There are a very few users who have boxed tunes on their V6's and really nothing more. There was one guy who had huge plans of a custom turbo and all sorts of other dreams... He seems to have stopped posting awhile ago.

As stated, you are basically limited to intake, exhaust, and tune. Maybe you will net 20 or 30 hp? You can not tweak the boost, you have basically no options for a turbo. Oh, and not to mention all the while you will be stuck with the auto trans.

The 2.3 on the other hand... The sky/your imagination/your budget are basically the limit.
05-19-2014 05:33 AM
Originally Posted by cking1975 View Post
Congrats dude! Yes you have a non-tuner friendly car, but that is okay! Have fun and keep your money in your wallet, really is not worth it to try and tune this engine.

This resonates with me. I am an expert in a couple of fields ( not saab cars) and sometimes I have to say it like it is, because I am sure of what I know. Thanks to all though for your input and advice. I think I will get a second saab, say an aero 2.3 turbo, and will do some engineering on it just for fun but this Griffin is like new throughout. People (in the know) it cant believe what they see. think I will just over service it I love driving this car ( x audi A6 owner!)
05-18-2014 03:53 PM
Tboy Check out saabcentral. I think there are several members there that are tunning and upgrading the v6. It does not have such a well known or common upgrade path. But like ANY engine, there are things you can do to improve performance.
05-18-2014 03:26 PM
cking1975 Congrats dude! Yes you have a non-tuner friendly car, but that is okay! Have fun and keep your money in your wallet, really is not worth it to try and tune this engine.
05-12-2014 06:08 AM
Originally Posted by Cark View Post
*but the OP disagrees with you!
i know. just using that as the reason its so hard to find parts etc.

Originally Posted by steved View Post
Has anyone used "BSR" tuning kit for any ecu tuning upgrade?
i know people that have used BSR on the 4cyl and loved it.
05-12-2014 04:24 AM
steved Has anyone used "BSR" tuning kit for any ecu tuning upgrade?
05-12-2014 04:06 AM
Originally Posted by nowhereman View Post
Its not a very popular engine and not conducive to tuning.
*but the OP disagrees with you!
05-12-2014 03:55 AM
nowhereman that looks like a software upgrade to the ecu.

and honestly i have no idea where to find an intake and exhaust for the V6. Its not a very popular engine and not conducive to tuning.
05-12-2014 02:34 AM
steved "grab yourself an intake and exhaust and call it a day" that Makes sense nowhereman but can you be specific about what I should do about the intake and exhaust? Just somewhere for me to start looking

(edited) What about this?
05-06-2014 09:17 AM
nowhereman yeah the 3.0 V6 isnt a bad engine but nowhere near as tuning friendly as the 4 cyl.

grab yourself an intake and exhaust and call it a day. thats about all you can do on it.
05-06-2014 05:13 AM
rarelibra sure - but you will find that you hold the minority opinion in the US... talk to any owner or former owner of a 3.0 v6 and/or mechanic.
05-06-2014 05:11 AM
steved I disagree With you. I know the motor is GM base design but it runs cars like the Cadillac in the US. I know it is not purely SAAB BUt there are lots of other perspectives that conflict with yours. Including my SAAB specialist workshop here in Perth who I have come to know over a period of 15 years. and trust implicitly. There are potential weaknesses that can all be managed with correct maintenance. This engine does mostly everything I would like. Especially impressive is it's willing delivery of the power it has "on demand" in my opinion anyway. I love driving this motor.
05-06-2014 04:43 AM
rarelibra if it is the v6, save your money... the 3.0 v6 was known to have lots of issues... if you want a tuner, get a 4-cylinder Saab
05-06-2014 03:41 AM
steved V6 3.0 petrol
05-05-2014 07:53 AM
rarelibra 4-cylinder or v6?
05-05-2014 06:00 AM
steved HI nowherman, sorry yes It is a petrol turbo.
05-05-2014 05:46 AM
nowhereman you dont have a turbo?

in that case i think you are out of luck IIRC.

intake and exhaust are about all youve got for options on the cheap. and they wont look boy racer unless you get crazy colored ones.
This thread has more than 20 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
All content is copyright The Saab Link and it's original authors.


Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.