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Alright, I couldn't resist anymore and sold my Sorento 4X4 2004 to a 95 Aero HOT 04. Having owned the old 93 and before that the 9000 2.3T, I was concerned about the 'clunk-clunk' noise, clutch problems and what not. I am pleased to say that my new-ish Aero hasn't got any of the faults of the previous models.

OK, the Sat Nav is really crap and an updated DVD is around £300! Dealer couldn't even identify if the CD was newer than my own 2002 version.

A few questions:
When I start the engine, its like it is 'struggling' for a second before it starts. On 'normal' cars I move the key around and the engine starts with no delay. Is this a Saab 'design'? Or could it be something else like plugs etc.?

I have ESP, I presume this is the TCS and ABS combined?

There are a few extras that I am missing or would like to have. Electric foldable mirrors, heated seats (back), rain sensor wipers, parking assistance etc. Cheap upgrade or not worthwhile? I suspect some items will be too expensive to add for what it does.

Just discovered the 'S' button on my automatic :p wooooooooow! Actually, I have only used it now since owning the car for a week. What a kick! Hope my tires will last a bit longer than a few months. I normally drive at normal speed otherwise so not an issue.

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Glad you enjoy the Aero ASCIO...:cheesy:
In answer to your questions... when you start in the morning turn the ignition key so all dash lights are displayed..wait two seconds then turn. Fuel drains back to the engine after a while, if i don't do this on mine it coughs splutters until the fuel gets through.
Foldable mirrors have to pre-wired in the factory..... so no go there i'm afraid.
Unless you drive from the back seats why worry about rear seat heating? The rear seats won't have the electric heating pads in them, so you will have to source replacement rear seats or put the heating pads in yourself, you will also have to get the two extra switches which are silly money.
Rain sensitive wipers... not sure if wiring is present, but you would need the rain sensitive windscreen = bundles of money.
Park Assist, you can buy as an aftermarket thing from Saab, but unless factory fitted it doesn't integrate with the SID. Cheaper parking systems can be bought from auto stores.
ESP (electronic stability programme?) Don't have any electronic driving aids on my MY99, i presume its as you say the latest version of Traction Control using the ABS system.

 

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Welcome to the delights of "S" :cheesy:

I am also a fairly new owner (1 month now). At first was not sure about buying an Auto, but now - don't believe it's lazy - beleive it's lots of fun !!!

Parking sensors - I saw a "retro fit" set (with 4 sensors, Bumper mounted, kit included drill bit) on E-Bay for about £150, sorry can't remember the exact amount.

Rain sensor wipers I beleive would involva a new windscreen (which would include the sensor module) if they operate in the same way a Peugeot - This, I would suspect, would be costly :(

My heated seats heat the "seat" and the "backrest", maybe either you haven't left them on long enough, or the back bit is broken?

Electric folding mirrors I would love to have - The work car park is notorious for "company car owner attitude" (I will park how I want, as close as I want, at any angle I want - 'cause any damage won't cost me a penny :evil: )
 

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My heated seats heat the "seat" and the "backrest", maybe either you haven't left them on long enough, or the back bit is broken?
Think he's talking about the rear passenger seats Mac... they were another option on all cars. More usefull would be the front ventilated seats in hot weather. :cool:
 

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Gents, thanks for your replies. Yes, I did think beforehand that adding any extras would be too much or useless, hence I tried to buy a car with as much extras as possible. May get a 3rd party parking system since the car is ackward in tight spaces. Yep, auto is fun. Relaxed driving I'd say. My SID says 30-32MPG's using 98 Optima, don't know if that is actual or not. Happy with the power anyway ;)
 

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ASCIO said:
I have ESP, I presume this is the TCS and ABS combined?
Basically, yes.

ASCIO said:
There are a few extras that I am missing or would like to have. Electric foldable mirrors, heated seats (back), rain sensor wipers, parking assistance etc. Cheap upgrade or not worthwhile? I suspect some items will be too expensive to add for what it does.
These extras are all part of the Aero Lux pack, which would also include electric front seats, drivers with memory.
It's quite unusual to find an Aero with factory SatNav and not the Lux Pack as well. They usualy have neither, or just the Lux Pack or the Lux pack with SatNav.
Which is why it took me 9 months to find an Aero auto with SatNav and Lux Pack and in a decent colour...:roll:
And yes, as has been said already, these items are not retro-fittable, unfortunately, although the SPA is availble from a Saab dealer, as per Kermit's previous post.
 

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OK, I must have the half luxy pack :lol: since I got heated front seats, electric driver seats but no memory, Sentronic and factory sat nav :cheesy:

9 months? aeropilot, you are very patient man :eek: . I spent ages too but only a few weeks with active searching and I found my car. Actually, was the only car with black leather, I don't like the beige very much nor the tacky facia wood. I was originally looking for an estate midnight blue with auto and ended up with a black saloon ;). Couldn't wait any longer... had to drive 4 hours to pickup the Aero. Worth all the bits of miles.

By the way, can the facia be easily replaced? I've got the Carbon Fibre and think the metal may be nicer. I think I saw a replacement kit for around £395 or something.
 

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Yes you can swap the wood / metal / Carbon Fibre. All are purchasable from Main Dealers, or depending where you are in teh country there are Specialist Dealers that could provide a "rescued" one.

I know that DCA (linked on this site) deal in a lot of rescued parts.
 
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