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29th March 2002, 07:01 AM
Hey wsup everyone?!?!?! Well I just bought this car for $600(u.s.),its a 1991 SAAB 9000 cd turbo,4-dr sedan,2.3ltr L4(??)16v turbo w/over 200,000 miles on it. Can anyone tell me my h/p output? I also need to know how to set the seat memory. Since I have no owners manual,I dont know how anything works!!Also what weight eng. oil and octane fuel should I be using??

29th March 2002, 12:43 PM
I believe the 9000 2.3 Turbo's are 225 Bhp. Engine oil, everyone will probably give you a different answer but a good quality semi synthetic or fully synthetic is recommended.

Not sure how fuel octanes work in the US but the car has APC so should be able to cope with any lead free petrol.


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29th March 2002, 01:42 PM

29th March 2002, 02:06 PM
Here you go,

1. Backrest rake angle
2. Legroom and height adjustment
3. Memory function

To store the latest setting in memory, press M button together with the appropriate selection button (1,2 or 3)

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29th March 2002, 04:19 PM
thanx again Simon!!!!

29th March 2002, 05:20 PM
Not sure if the specs. were different in the US, but these were the power outputs in the UK:

2.3 Light Pressure Turbo - 170 BHP
2.3 Full Pressure Turbo - 200 BHP
2.3 Carlsson Turbo - 220 BHP
2.3 Aero - 225 BHP

Simon's right about the oil, though most go for the Saab brand "Turbo" oil or something like Mobil 1.

On the High Pressure Turbo's, most Saab enthusiasts change the oil every 6000 miles. I'm a bit mad and change mine every 3000 miles!

Kevin Mc
1991 9000 Carlsson 2.3T

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14th January 2003, 10:29 PM
Youll want to use 91 octane unleaded with the turbo for best performance (youll get higher boost pressure), but like Simon said, the APC will adjust boost for what ever octane you put in.

Regarding the oil, I use 5w30 or 10w30 Mobil 1 synthetic in my 9000 and she hasnt given me any trouble yet.

15th January 2003, 02:53 PM
NO,NO,NO,NO!! do NOT use 91 oktane!!!!!!! :nono;
It might give it higer pressure but it is just to compensate for the poor quality of the fuel! (its like water!)
If you use that low oktane the valves probably will burn!!

Use ONLY 98 oktane on a Full pressure turbo!

15th January 2003, 07:44 PM
Where the hell do you get your gas red9k?!! Are you from the UK?? I dont know if octane ratings are dif. over there but 91 is the best you can get from a pump in the states.

I was also under the impression that the APC LOWERED pressure to compensate for poor quality fuel to prevent detonation.

15th January 2003, 08:50 PM
:D Here in sweden we have 95, 96, 98 octane!
I have accedently been driving my car on 91 octane and it was so soggy! With 98 octane the car goes real great!

Im sorry for you guys who dont have anything better than 91! :cry:

About the pressure i was probably wrong :wink:

15th January 2003, 09:06 PM
Europe labels fuel with the RON number. The US labels it with the AON number, which is the average of RON and MON. There is no direct conversion as RON and MON effectively represent two different properties of the fuel, but I believe 91 AON is usually roughly equivalent to 95 RON and 93 AON (I'm assured it is available in the US) is roughly equivalent to 98 RON. In my modified Aero I use Optimax, which is supposed to be "at least" 99 RON in the UK.

91 RON would be worse than 87 AON :o

15th January 2003, 10:44 PM
Well that clears things up.

Thanks Bill

P.S. Love your 9000s and the site is great. Keep up the good work :!

17th January 2003, 12:00 PM
ive seen 93 at sunaco stations, but that is the highest ive ever seen in the us

22nd January 2003, 08:05 AM
I think that the octane numbers in US and Europe are different... 98 Europe equals 91 US (but I'm not sure)

22nd January 2003, 12:43 PM
I think that the octane numbers in US and Europe are different...
I thought that's what I said? :o ;)

1st February 2003, 01:01 PM
i'm driving a 93 9000 turbo with 184k miles. We're like brothers!! And it's 200hp dood but mine's not making that and yours probably isn't either. I need a new turbo. And I run 87 octane in mine but i'm a poor high school student.

14th February 2003, 03:31 AM
Elmo --

I have a 93 9000 CSE Turbo with 80K miles on it. Should I also be using full synth? (I just got it, don't know what it's been running so far.)

What year and mileage is your car? Has it always been on full synth?

14th February 2003, 10:28 PM

yes, I have always used Mobil 1 Fully synthetic and would never use anything else in any car. SAAB sirviced it once and put in a half and half blend, but I just switched it back to Mobil 1 when I got it home. A fully synthetic oil will give you better,longer protection (though I still change the oil and filter every 3K). Since i have never used anything other that synthetic I dont know how to compare.

My baby is a 91' with almost 106K on the clock and the only engine problem i have had is a slightly leaky oil level sensor. I would like to atribute my good fortune to good servicing and the synth. (if only because it costs soo much more :lol: ). That and the fact that SAABs are increadibly well engineered cars.

15th February 2003, 04:08 AM
Sounds good. I just put Mobil 1 in my car today. So far it's running nice.

How's the weather in San Diego? Waves kicking up from El Nino?

15th February 2003, 12:52 PM
Its actually been raining for the past few days. I dont think anybody here knows how to drive in the weather which makes commuting a bit more interesting.

Glad to hear that you are using the Mobil 1. Hope you are as pleased as I am.

15th February 2003, 02:04 PM
Where are you from originally? I grew up in Michigan, so I'm fine in pretty much any weather. However, I lived in Washington DC for years, and people there abandon their cars in the road and walk when 1/2 inch of snow falls! Pretty funny.

(I also lived in LA for awhile -- Malibu for a couple months. Definitely like the weather in So Cal -- wish I could trade our frost for rain!)

16th February 2003, 12:57 AM
Originally I'm from Oklahoma, but have spent most of my life in Colorado where we get our fair share of snow.

SAABs are great cold weather cars. My 9000 did very well in the snow. I guess its to be expected in a car from Sweden. Have you had a chance to bound around in the snow with your SAAB?