07-08-03, 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.
Welcome to Saabcentral!
The easiest and cheapest method would be to purchase an uprated ECU from one of these people...
07-08-03, 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
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.
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.
08-08-03, 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.