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: Easy tuning a 9000 2.3 t from 1996

7th August 2003, 08:21 AM
Hello everybody. I am Vincent from Holland and I own a very beautiful black 9000 2.3t from 1996.

Who can help me with the following. I wan to increase the engine power a little bit. What is the cheapest wy to do this?

I am open for every help.




7th August 2003, 08:48 AM
Welcome to Saabcentral!

The easiest and cheapest method would be to purchase an uprated ECU from one of these people...




7th August 2003, 09:26 AM
I also have a 1996 2.3 t & I have recently:

1.Removed heat plate from inlet manifold.
2.Fitted Sports air filter & modified the air filter box.
3.Fitted APC solenoid
4 Fitted Speedparts stage 1 ecu.

The car is now transformed. Below 2500 RPM it behaves exactly as a standard 2.3t. Above 2500 rpm it most definetely doesn't, :D lots of extra power & lots of torque - Overtaking speed is improved massively .

I have my system wired so that I can 'switch off' the extra boost when it's not needed ,when the roads are very wet or icy etc.. It's quite an easy conversion I can give you details if you need them.

& welcome to Saabcentral

7th August 2003, 09:51 AM
Welcome to the site Vincent1978 and congratulations on your car.

I second Simons suggestion which will provide a major boost to your performance and is well worth considering even if you need to save up for a while. The ECU upgrade will give you the most bang for your buck.

There are some cheaper mods (ie sports air filter) that will improve BHP but only slightly.

There are a lot more things you can do once you get the bug, keep visiting Saabcentral and you'll soon pick up some idea's.

7th August 2003, 01:24 PM
Hi Vincent. There are several other European tuners that you might also liek to try for an ECU upgrade:


All offer different packages but they all do the same thing in the end- make you car go faster! Speak to them and see which one fits your performance and price range.


8th August 2003, 01:33 PM
Yes, the ECU remap is probably the first thing you should do & you will probably be very impressed with the performance difference, with no real change in fuel consumption or reliabilty.

Do you have a manual or auto gearbox? I ask as there is a limit to how far you can go powerwise with the auto as it cannot handle a big increase in torque. The manual can!

Do remember that if you are increasing the power, you should also consider uprating your suspension setup.