I’ve had the Saab back for a few weeks now, and it’s been amazing!
It’s been in need of having the remapped again as it was overboosting since the 2.3 requires less air than the 2.0. Went back to Noobtune’s house yesterday.
I now have the mysterious sounding Stage X 😁 The Saab has an irregular items so I’ve have to have a special map. It needs some testing. I need to change the spark plugs and have a look at the DI pack as there seems to be a misfire somewhere and the air delivery is leaning out at when my foot is planted, so have to have a look/clean the MAF and maybe get a bigger air filter.
I did have a small issue coming back with the boost gauge not registering and the engine management light coming on 🙄 I feared the worst but found while adjusting the blow off valve for the new map I’d raised the pressure too much and it’d blown the pipe off the gauge and caused a leak.
With the other Saab I had a load of spare parts, including two DI packs so I should have something good to test against.
Speaking of spares, I got a picture of the lovely, sporty Vector seats and dashboard trim 😁
I unfortunately didn’t take any panels, which would have came in handy after someone in a car park in Nottingham used the braille approach to parking 😡
My brother had some compound stuff so got all of the excess paint off, and it doesn’t look too bad though apart from the dent. As I need to take the door cards off at some point so fit the new leather ones I’ll heat up the door and try pushing the dent out. There were a few creases/dents on that door anyway, so probably won’t look out of place.
The list now is - Heater (booked in for two weeks, I cba myself) - Fitting the interior - Brakes - Suspension (I thought it was slightly lowered. Nope, it’s sagged! 😂)
Despite the backlog of report writing I usually try and get on top of over the weekend, I decided to dedicate a few hours to the Saab.
I’ve managed to change the sparkplugs, APC valve, cleaned out the MAF and fitted the new dashboard and centre console.
I was advised that fancy sparkplugs aren’t needed and NGK BCPR7ES with a gap of 0.9 are adequate. Comparing the old to new the gap was 1.15, so could be causing the misfire.
APC valve was simple as removing the pipes and refitting. Note the cut off cable tie now 😋
MAF was absolutely filthy! I took a before, part through but forgot the after photo 🙄 It was spotless though.
I didn’t manage to get to fully drive the car as the traffic and weather were against me, so will have to try tomorrow. I can confirm it still runs, so it’s a start!
The dashboard and centre console was a fairly simple job with just some torx screws to be removed, brute force and ignorance. I am extremely pleased with it 😁 The photos don’t show it off properly, but it’s a lovely colour. Also fitted the heated front seat switches (the wiring is there! Yay!) since I had to remove the blanks.
Lastly, I got a sticker from Karl when I had the retune, so I fitted it. Didn’t want a lairy, colourful one so opted for a gunmetal one on the front bumper.
Since the last update, a few things have happened.
As winter approached I got a new heater motor fitted. I can confirm that it’s been lovely and toasty on these winter mornings! I need the heated seats putting in though, the cold leather is still a shock!
It passed its MOT with a few advisory’s. Nothing major but it will need sorting soon. It comprised of worn ball joints, handbrake imbalance and a corroded brake pipe. These will be sorted when the brakes are updated. I’ve not been going quickly with the weather so have decided they’ll be okay until the spring.
I had a feeling that the air filter I originally installed was probably a little too small, so I swapped it for something a little bigger. Excuse the scaling tool 😋
I noticed on the Saab club Facebook page that there was a rolling road day being held in Leicester. I’ve been dying to find out the actual power of the 9-5 so booked myself in 😁
I was a little disappointed with the result. 258bhp/427Nm.
It looks like the actuator can’t handle the boost and is dropping off too early. Karl was at the rolling road watching the figures and advised on an adjustable one to replace the standard one. Again, this can wait until the spring because it’s just not the weather to be planting my foot down at the minute. It spins up the wheels in second from 3k rpm with anymore than quarter throttle.