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1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

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    1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    I'm moving to San Francisco for a new job and am considering selling my 9-3 or trading it for something plus cash or straight trade (though prefer some cash or all cash). Main reason for sale is I'd like to get back on a motorcycle. Open to pretty much anything though as long as it can pass smog.


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    1999 Saab 9-3 with ~138k miles. Planning on putting it on a dyno over the next week or so once we're done with fine tuning.

    Price: $5,500

    Engine:
    -Rebuilt head with GS valve springs
    -SC44 turbo with custom up-pipe
    -39mm Precision external WG
    -T3 Manifold
    -full 3" exhaust (custom DP, dual resonators, muffler)
    -630cc Dekas
    -Walbro pump
    -28"x8"x3.5" fmic
    -2.25" ic piping
    -forge BOV

    Transmission:
    -Quaife LSD (incredible)
    -New 3rd gear at 120k
    -GS stage 3 clutch and pressure plate
    -Short shift kit

    Suspension/Brakes:
    -Full adjustable koni kit
    -Rear hatch brace
    -22mm rear ARB
    -Poly bushings everywhere
    -Viggen 308mm brakes (slotted rotors) - brand new pads and rotors
    -ATE super blue brake fluid
    -SS brake lines
    -Brand new e-brake cables

    Other:
    -Innovate wideband, with gauge and calibration switch/LED - wired into ECU
    -Boost gauge
    -Viggen dash and steering wheel
    -Gutted rear
    -SE front bumper, SE side skirts, SE rear skirt (need to install rear)
    -No sunroof and manual A/C and heat (lightweight)
    -17" ronal RT wheels wrapped in hankook ventus v12 evos

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    That thing is a sleeper and a half! Good luck with sale!

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    +1 holy fug.

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Too bad it's a SAAB!

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Co-worker of mine is a Saab fanatic/Viggen owner and he is drooling over this thing. I will try to convince him to buy this beast.

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    SAAB: Sorry About Another Bill

    If I didn't just buy a bike I would be on my way to see this thing. Good luck.

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Nice saab, I wish there was something like this when I was looking at cars.

    Just wondering what you did for electronics out of curiosity... is it still stock ECU? maf still there? etc...

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Thanks guys, I love this thing. Considering installing a CARB compliant cat and just taking it to CA with me...

    Electronics/tuning are the best part about these saabs. The car has a direct ignition system that has knock detection built in all stock. It's tuned using an open source, free software called T5Suite (the stock engine management system is T5 or Trionic 5). You can adjust fuel, timing, boost with T5Suite and you get access to the knock detection capabilities. I have a plug wired into the ECU wiring so you can literally download T5Suite, plug a computer in with a CAN-USB cable, and re-tune on the fly. I have the cable so it'll cost you nothing.

    The innovate wideband sensor is also wired into the ECU - so you can read the wideband signal instead of the stock narrowband signal. There's also a gauge so you see what the ECU sees. Oh and also a recalibration switch so you can quickly recalibrate your O2 sensor to make sure the reading is accurate.

    The car doesn't have a MAF sensor, it uses a MAP sensor. Currently running the stock 2 bar map sensor. I have a 3 bar map sensor which is simple to install and the fueling is there to support higher boost. These B204 motors can handle 600hp at the flywheel (iron block) but I'm going to stay within the limit of the 2bar map sensor (~21psi) which should be around 450whp. With the current base tune I'd estimate it's around 380whp and it holds traction very well with the LSD - just PULLS like mad, shoves you a couple inches back into the seat and gives me mild headaches after a couple pulls.

    So stock ECU, runs like stock - you can put around town and get 35+mpg or let it rip if you're in a rush. External wastegate sounds incredible too.

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    I used to do a lot of twisting up on older saabs like the 9000s and the lot .. i have NEVER seen a snail that big on one before .. sick whip

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Mike D tuned this car, right?

    Either way, GLWS!

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    yea Mike D tuned it - still need to go back up there to get a final tune on it

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Good luck with the sale, I really wish I was looking for a car right now lol, I bought my 2002 9-5 for 3000 bucks and would've definitely paid the little bit more for this, at that price it seems like a pretty good snag, daily driver but when you wanna go crazy it's all there. Thanks for the info on the electronics setup too.

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    that is bad ass WOW

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Willing to put cash on top for a nice bike....

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Quote Originally Posted by viva_brasil View Post
    Thanks guys, I love this thing. Considering installing a CARB compliant cat and just taking it to CA with me...

    Electronics/tuning are the best part about these saabs. The car has a direct ignition system that has knock detection built in all stock. It's tuned using an open source, free software called T5Suite (the stock engine management system is T5 or Trionic 5). You can adjust fuel, timing, boost with T5Suite and you get access to the knock detection capabilities. I have a plug wired into the ECU wiring so you can literally download T5Suite, plug a computer in with a CAN-USB cable, and re-tune on the fly. I have the cable so it'll cost you nothing.

    The innovate wideband sensor is also wired into the ECU - so you can read the wideband signal instead of the stock narrowband signal. There's also a gauge so you see what the ECU sees. Oh and also a recalibration switch so you can quickly recalibrate your O2 sensor to make sure the reading is accurate.

    The car doesn't have a MAF sensor, it uses a MAP sensor. Currently running the stock 2 bar map sensor. I have a 3 bar map sensor which is simple to install and the fueling is there to support higher boost. These B204 motors can handle 600hp at the flywheel (iron block) but I'm going to stay within the limit of the 2bar map sensor (~21psi) which should be around 450whp. With the current base tune I'd estimate it's around 380whp and it holds traction very well with the LSD - just PULLS like mad, shoves you a couple inches back into the seat and gives me mild headaches after a couple pulls.

    So stock ECU, runs like stock - you can put around town and get 35+mpg or let it rip if you're in a rush. External wastegate sounds incredible too.
    Not in a dick-ish way, but can you stand behind this number? With conservative tuning/driving, what do you actually average? I used to reset the MPG's on my girlfriend's 9-3 SE before coasting down a hill and get over 50 MPGs for laughs.

    Anyway, love these things. I miss my girlfriend's old one. Cloth or leather interior? If I wasn't currently dumping all my money into a Corrado project I'd be considering this! Whenever a Viggen or similar pops up in my area I lust over it.

    GLWS

    Edit: Just went to saabnet and saw you posted it there, good call!

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    mileage number is taken based on how many miles I drove and gallons filled up... I generally average around 25-30mpg on a tank and I do about 60% highway 40% city, generally cruising/spirited driving but I do like to open it up WOT to redline when I need a shot of adrenaline.


    The car still needs a final tune - but it's already paid for and will be included in the sale. Waiting to do the final tuning so I can get it set-up to the buyer's liking - we can keep it at 20psi, bring it down a bit, or throw a 3bar map sensor and raise it up some more, ranging from ~380-480whp.

    Everything is there for you to do more fine tuning in the future.

    FUUG i'm gonna miss this car.

    Oh and it's LEATHER. I have some interior pics, will post them soon - rear is gutted!

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    That thing is SICK. Still available? Also, when are you trying to get rid of it by? Some pictures of the interior + exterior with hood down would be great.

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    Re: 1999 Saab 9-3 Stage 6, SC44 turbo, Quaife LSD, Ronals

    Car was sold last week, sorry for not updating sooner.

    Thanks all for the interest.

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