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Old 02-18-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Going Stage 4 SQR Tune on 2002 Saab 9-5 w/ an Automatic Transmission

Hey I would like to know if it was a good idea to get a stage 4 tune from SQR which is said to put out 290 HP with a Turbo-Back Exhaust,Open Air Filter,and an Aero Turbo for my 2002 Saab 9-5 Linear with an Automatic transmission...? Because I was told from a friend that it was cutting it close because he said that an Auto Tranny would only be good up to around 300 HP and then I would run the risk of breaking things and blowing up the transmission?
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true all around those auto trannys wont take much more then stage 4 from what i hear i would even be careful going stage 4... whos this friend you speak of???
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that would be Bummer.
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Anytime you start bumping up the hp/torque in either a mt or at car you increase your risk of blowing a transmission. A lot of it has to do with how you drive the car.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:39 AM   #5
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Anytime you start bumping up the hp/torque in either a mt or at car you increase your risk of blowing a transmission. A lot of it has to do with how you drive the car.
+1.

If you do decide to tune it, I'd recommend a transmission fluid change every 10,000 miles just to be safe.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:47 AM   #6
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true all around those auto trannys wont take much more then stage 4 from what i hear i would even be careful going stage 4... whos this friend you speak of???
thats me hahaha..i just told him i knew on 9-3's that over 300 was risk and that SQR doesnt do the stage 4 tune for auto's
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9-5 has a beefier trans than a 9-3.

02+ or something with the 5 speed auto are beefier still.

you can probably push stage 3+ a little more, but change the fluid every 10K and don't beat the crap out of it, dont' drag race especially.
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So you would not recommend going any higher than a stage 3 ?
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So you would not recommend going any higher than a stage 3 ?
not if you like ur tranny lol if you dont care about going threw trannys then yeah by all means but im sure if you get a staged tune your gonna want to beat on it a little so i would go stage 3 just to be safe and change the ATF like others have said...
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ya stage 3 tune with maybe some extra hardware?
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look at maptun's website at the customer cars. There are quite a few 9-5 with auto trans pushing 300+ hp.

It is possible.

but you have to know, you can't upgrade an auto trans, so you have to drive accordingly.

if you have a stage 5, it's not like you won't ever use that power

whereas, with a manual, you can always put in a better clutch, etc, to help cope with power. But even then beyond a certain point the gearbox will be prone to failure.

So, I guess I am saying, if you want it to be a daily driver, maybe take it easy. I think you will find a stage 3 auto to be quite amusing anyways.
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If you beat a manual trans, it will fail. If you beat an auto trans it will fail. There are measures you can take with both types that will help them last a lot longer, the autos are generally more reliable stock for stock than a manual, but its true that beating the crap out of them with a high power tune can lead to failure (which, again, is the same for a manual).

Like Abdukted said, there are actually quite a few tuned auto trans 9-5s around with stage 4 and even stage 5 setups.

As long as you keep the fluid clean and don't drive like an ass on a regular basis its not like you're going to be going through transmissions every few thousand miles or anything.
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So, I guess I am saying, if you want it to be a daily driver, maybe take it easy. I think you will find a stage 3 auto to be quite amusing anyways.
thats what i told him..he will find a great difference from where he is now and what he will be at with a stage 3
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how long would a gt17 last with a stage 3 tune???
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Everybody has mentioned keeping the tranny fluid clean, but what about cool?

How are the tranny oil coolers in these? Perhaps you might want to invest in a better transmission cooler.

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An upgraded trans cooler is a must along with regular fluid changes. Another key to long transmission life is the tune and how power is delivered. There is a member here who has personal experience with a tuned auto, maybe he will chime in, KK?
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how long would a gt17 last with a stage 3 tune???

I had stage III in my car for 50K miles 50K to 100K. No problems, till the Turbo wore out ( it started to delaminate the compressor blades noto good)

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^^^ yeah im just wondering how a gt17 would hold up to a stage 3 tune...thats pretty good on a stage 2 tho...
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:28 PM   #19
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I think when I'm ready to get it tuned then I'm just going to go with a stage 3 SQR tune because its my daily driver...
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:50 AM   #20
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Stay away from hammering the pedal at low speeds 15- 70. Ease into the throttle for a smoother downshift. If not, the auto kickdown is furious and will lead to tire spin and a big ass grin. Don't drive live an asshat and it will last longer. Do the upgrade and feel it out slowly so you can learn your new driving limits.
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