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Hi,
Thinking about getting the BSR PPC Stage one upgrade for my 1998 9-5 2.0LPT.

Thing is my car has done 160K miles now, is it too tired for me to consider upgrading? I am totally inept in everything mechanical so you'll have to excuse me if this is a dumb question. I don't think there is anything currently wrong with the engine, i've had the car 2 years and not had anything mechanically go wrong with it and it still pulls fine. Is there somewhere i can take it to make sure everything is running sweet before i make the decission?
I've read in some posts that the upgrade can improve MPG, is this true?

Thanks for any advice.

Kam
 

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Hi Kam, welcome to Saab Central :cool:

Firstly if your car is in good condition then the mileage shouldnt be an issue, I have a stage 4 with over 130k miles on it and yes each upgrade has yielded an improvement in MPG. My standard car got 21 mpg around town, the stage 2 got 23 and the stage 4 gets about 25+mpg, in fact on a recent trip to Nottinghamit got 38 MPG steady 75-80mph.

It is true that an upgrade will highlight any weaknesses, so make sure all is in tip top condition especially your PCV (breather system), use a top quality fully synthestic oil and filter, and the correct, new NGK spark plugs.

I dont have a geography brain I'm afraid so I dont know your location but Nottingham Saab and West Midland Saab Specialists are top guys.

Beware though, you will soon want to upgrade the suspension and brakes and then go for more power, its so addictive;)

Any questions just ask away!:)
 

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Thanks for the very quick reply :D

Few questions,
How can i check the PCV, or does a garage have to do that for me?

I'm not sure what oil is currently in, semi or synth. Will i be ok putting synth in if it is currently only semi?

I've just bought a lot of the bit's needed for a service (can't be doing with SAAB dealer service prices anymore :nono; ) and luckly i did buy NGK plugs. I just got a std air filter though, would i be better off getting a better quality one? if so which one is recomended.

Thanks again

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Kam thereis a load of stuff on here about PCV, the problem is that the pipeworK decays and goes mushy, add to that Saab has got a very flawed system and problems occur. Try doing a search on PCV and having a good read up, theres some assistance here: http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42258 Basically if the pipes are firm and not squishy they should be ok!

With the oil, I would drain the oil, use an engine flush, a good one like Forte's and replace the filter with a new saab one, dont forget a new washer on the sump, and refil with fully synthetic, its well worth the money.

Air filter, yes the paper one if fine, in fact there have been several threads discussing how the sport one is potentially a waste of money :confused:

Plugs should be NGK BCPR6ES-11 or NGK BCPR7ES-11

http://www.partsforsaabs.com/product_info.php?cPath=34_41_50&products_id=77
 

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Wow, is there much involved in that? Does it give you many more horsies?


Here's one for you, do you think i should do my shockers 1st? The ones on are origional and are a little worn, i get a bit of knocking from the back. I've been advised this is the bushes at the top?
 

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Wow, is there much involved in that? Does it give you many more horsies?


Here's one for you, do you think i should do my shockers 1st? The ones on are origional and are a little worn, i get a bit of knocking from the back. I've been advised this is the bushes at the top?
If and when your turbo goes look at the bigger one as an upgrade ;)

Shocks, especially rears are poor on the 9-5, to get the best out of the power, suspension and brake upgrades are advisable, however with the suspension you enter into scary terratory with regard to which upgraded shocks & springs to go for :)

Brakes, easy put in a set of Pagid Fast Road pads, cheaper than Saab ones!

Suspension, well Eibach, Koni, Bilstein, Saabs Roadholding kit, its all available, best advice to to try someone elses if possible as ride comfort is quite subjective ;)

You'll find the sweet shop here http://www.partsforsaabs.com/default.php?cPath=2_189
 
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