kanonjon profile picture kanonjon 6 years ago
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1991 Saab 900 Turbo

Saab - 1991 Saab 900 Turbo - Garage

Saab 900 Turbo - A car made for the nordic conditions. Front-wheel car with double wishbone suspension at the front and 5-linked beam axle at the rear. The engine is longitudinal mounted, which is unusual for a FWD car, the engine is also slanted and mounted backwards, that means the clutch is faced forwards to the grille. The power-delivery is transferred via three primary chains, so technically this car is chain driven and has primary gearing like a sportsbike. This makes it very easy to change gear ratios and clutch-change can be done within 30 minutes without seperating the gearbox and engine. The gearbox-design is also unique, since its both the oilpan for the engine and houses the gears and differential, but still have seperate oilsumps.

The 2-liter inline-4 16valve engine has a factoryfitted watercooled Mitsubishi turbocharger, the engine management system and ignition has been upgraded from a basic rotor/distributor setup to Saabs own Direct Ignition system (also called Trionic) from a 1995 Saab 9000. This gives the engine better fuel economy, better ignition timing and mapping options. The exhaust manifold is stock and has unequal port/header lengths to the turbocharger, which gives it a distinct burble. The downpipe and catalyst has been upgraded to 3” to give better flow. The engine also have other upgrades like, bigger head and intake, larger intercooler and bigger clutch.

The Saab 900 has some quirky features like the wraparound windshield, the ignition-lock placement in the centerconsole, front hinged hood to name a few.

Overall, the Saab 900 Turbo is a very versatile car with a large boot space, good engine performance, unique look, relative cheap and easy maintainence, neutral handling, execellent heating system and superb traction. The only big minus is that you have to battle rust constantly, but its worth it.

This car is basically my life, so much time and effort is spent on it, its literally a part of me. I saved this poor thing hours before it went to the scrapyard, to be able to fix it up, drive it all seasons is quite rewarding. Saabs are basically pure driving pleasure. I never get bored of this car.

My name is Jon, and this is my 1991 Saab 900 Turbo.