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General Information

Year
2003
Make
Saab
Model
9-5 Linaero Wagon
Color
Steel Gray Metallic
History
Purchased 10/09 from Green Light Auto, a Saab specialist that closed as I was negotiating the deal.
2003 Saab 9-5 Linaero Wagon (Steel Gray Metallic)

Modifications

Drivetrain
The turbo was puffing blue smoke from time to time when purchased, so my son helped me change the turbo from the Garrett to a Mitsubishi TD-04 Aug '10. That spring I dropped the oil pan & painted the valve cover. I had the ECU tuned Dec '11 to Aero specs.
Interior
I installed flip-down cup holders on the doors soon after purchase, then got winter floor mats. In 2011 I changed the dash to lighter walnut color, and installed Aero seats up front. When I bought the car the seller gave me a spare Aero steering wheel, which I replaced this summer with a brand new one.
Exterior
Black aluminum mesh in the grilles winter of '12 and tailgate spoiler summer '12.
Audio
Only change has been a FM transmitter for MP3 connection. Came with the H-K upgrade with sub in the rear.
Suspension
Replaced the rotors and pads summer '11. Put slotted EBC rotors all around and Akebono ceramic pads as well. The ceramic pads are much less dusty, but I think the braking distance is longer. Spring of '14 I installed Brembo solid discs on front with Raybestos ceramic pads.
Wheel and Tire
Soon after purchase I bought a set of 10-spoke 16" wheels from a '04 9-3, and a set of snowflake wheels for the snows. The snows are Bridgestone Blizzaks, the best winter tire out there, imho. Summer tires are Yokohama Avid Envigors.

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