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I am looking to buy a 2003 9-3 2.0t linear. Its an automatic. Before I decide I would like to know what kind of potential this car has. What parts do I need to get started. I know stuff like an intake, exhaust, and suspension. I was looking at the brew city tuners. What parts do I need to go stage 1 or stage 2. What are good brands for exhaust and intakes that are good but not going to make me go broke. Any suggestions would be nice because I am mew to the European car world. Thank you
 

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Buy a 2006 2.0T. Still in budget, more reliable, old Saab dash. Perfect.
 

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You'll get more power, the turbo pushes more boost. When I was looking to buy, I drove a 2.0t as well as a 2.0T. From a performance stand point, get the 2.0T, it's a lot more fun. Some people will say an '06 will be more reliable, but that will depend on how well maintained the car was by the previous owner(s). having a newer car with less miles can't hurt though.
 

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2003 was the roll-out year for this model. By 2006, most of the issues that could be identified by 3 years of in-service use had manifested themselves and had been addressed by the manufacturer. In short, the 2006 models are thus more evolved and refined than the original 2003 model.
 

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2006 seems to be the golden year-- doesn't have the gremlins of 2003-04, [stronger] engine as base than 2005, 2007-08 have their own smaller problems (I think there was a valve issue?), and 2008+ is harder to tune because something changed in the Trionic engine management.

That being said, best bang for your buck is always said to be a tune.
 

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Honestly a 2008 Aero 6 speed manual without XWD is the best car IMO, but you brought up 2003 so I assume you have a budget in mind (as no sane person would search out a 2003 if they could afford a newer one). If you want something quick and still newish you would want the V6. And if you want it to be reliable get a V6 without XWD. 2008 Aero only. If you are set on a 2.0, get a 2006. Just my $0.02.
 

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Ok thanks glad I didnt buy the car. I will start to look for a 2006. I like how these cars look and ive heard good stuff about them. So im definitely interested in getting one. Ill just save some more and get a 2006. Then comes whatever I want to do performance wise. So the best place to start is to get a tune. I checked out the brew city boost site. How good are they.
 

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Ok thanks glad I didnt buy the car. I will start to look for a 2006. I like how these cars look and ive heard good stuff about them. So im definitely interested in getting one. Ill just save some more and get a 2006. Then comes whatever I want to do performance wise. So the best place to start is to get a tune. I checked out the brew city boost site. How good are they.
You need to start using the search function on the site. If you're old enough to buy a car and tune it, then you can also make an independent, educated, and informed decision on your choice of tuner.

Before you tune the car, make sure it's in perfect running order. Tuning a car that's not running well or hasn't had proper maintenance is just throwing fuel into the fire.

Here are several threads on BCB:

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234883
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245763
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=287274
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=365906
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362561
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=363882
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=355377
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=355865
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=344673
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=253184
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=261138
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=330721
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246804
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=362561
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=355377
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321977
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=253184
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239543
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279242
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=249959
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=403786
 

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Never buy a 1st year model of anything. Even though I did, lol. I have actually not had many problems with my linear though. I tuned using BCB, he is very helpful if you e-mail him. Try to get the aero model, because you will wish you did when you start getting more involved with your 9-3. Only major problem that was not self inflicted was my speed sensor, alternator, and the dumb SAI Pump that only the 03 has. Also a vacuum line recently. Im at 130k tuned and still a spirited driver. I tuned it in the high 90k range.
 
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