Saab O The Week – Turbo X

I don’t do Saab O The Week entries much anymore, but when I saw this image on Flickr today, I just had to share it.

Eggs n Grits likes to post the occasional ‘Saab moment of Zen’ on his Twitter account. I’d like to take a leaf from Eggs’ book and offer this as your Saab moment of Zen for today.

The Turbo X really is getting better and better with age. I know there was some fuss back in 2008, with feelings that it wasn’t extreme enough on the road. But having a look back at it now, it really does look the goods and anyone I know who’s owned one has been over the moon with the driving experience.

I think I just put a Turbo X on my bucket list.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Id grab a manual Turbo X in a second. That exhaust note is AMAZING!!!

vigg
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vigg
5 years 7 months ago

i was lucky enough to pick up a manual turbo x a few months ago in south carolina. listening to that exhaust is intoxicating, and the car is just amazingly smooth. that being said, i still love my viggen best. it may not be as polished or feel as secure, but i find myself reaching for the viggen keys a lot more often…

Mike900
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Mike900
5 years 7 months ago

I’m definitely fascinated by the Turbo X…… and maybe if it was a hatchback it’d really do it for me, but I have to agree.

It’s all about Viggen baby…. Viggen πŸ™‚

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike900/3762772824/in/set-72157621738847431/

mike900
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vigg
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vigg
5 years 7 months ago

wow- that is pretty cool. your car is amazing, btw- my vigg is black just like yours, but in not nearly as good condition. i’m inspired!

Mike900
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Mike900
5 years 7 months ago

Thanks Vigg πŸ™‚

Obviously that photo is from a good day, after a wash and polish.

Gotta love black on a good day though!

Svx92
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Svx92
5 years 7 months ago

Beautiful
Wife was driving home in her 9-7x aero from work tonite when she felt someone watching her. A turboX combi was next to her. We were shopping for one in June when we found the 9-7x instead. I choose to believe he was enamored with her SAAB (only) Lol

(Stingray, did you make it Lancaster? Unfortunately ice was so bad here- we pushed the neighbor’c car out of our front lawn and decided it best to stay put)

Trollblazer
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Trollblazer
5 years 7 months ago

Good to read there are still people who do value the ‘big ol’ 9-7X’.
Although not a ‘true Saab’ (where have I heared that before..?) it is still a very capable machine in bad weather and on bad roads..

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

@Svx92 No, I saw that 222 was a mess and the tpke was closed so I went to my drill weekend instead. To be honest, I had hoped they would have delayed it till sunday since the weather was so miserable for saturday. However.. the show went on but I am sure it was white knuckled.

Meg Haviland
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Meg Haviland
5 years 7 months ago

+1 on the bucket list πŸ™‚

900_S
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900_S
5 years 7 months ago
The more I think about it, the more I think the Turbo X would suits the recent Hi-Po/Halo car challenge. It seemed to fit the criteria well, except for the power output’s minimum requirement–but I’m still hesitant to assert that the 350hp was necessary. The only thing that disqualifies it is that it’s been done already. That being said, I originally wasn’t a big fan of it; I was in the camp that felt it was underpowered. I’ve always loved the style, though. It looks pretty aggressive, in my opinion. It just didn’t seem as exclusive, I guess, from the… Read more »
Barry
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Barry
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve had one nearly 3 years. It was underpowered. But it was quite balanced beyond that.

But i’ve since cranked up it’s power and have never had a regret. As far as the XWD goes, I just drove up a 100 foot 22 degree incline of glossy ice this past Sunday morning and the car didn’t even flinch.

Barry

Aaron
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Aaron
5 years 7 months ago

Hey Barry,

I’m contemplating a Turbo X in the very near future, which performance modification did you go with for the car (assuming just a mapping change)?

Barry
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Barry
5 years 7 months ago
I hemmed and hawed for a year as my car broke in. And yes, I had my share of problems with my car. Some started before a tune, others during the tune. In the end I ended up using Vtuner. Why ? support support support, price, flexibilty, customization, and again, support. And this is just his stage 0 V2. I never had a ignition coil issue. I did have what I believe was a stuck boost control valve which for a while showed up during intial tuned testing. That issue cleared auto magically. Fuel usage differences with it ? All… Read more »
900_S
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900_S
5 years 7 months ago

Very nice! I imagine just a small increase in power and you’d be set. Though, keep in mind this is coming from someone with a ~140hp car πŸ˜‰

Smithy
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5 years 7 months ago

It’s really fresh…
πŸ™‚

BaRa
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BaRa
5 years 7 months ago

I still think the rhomboid exhaust and the fake (very plasticky) diffusor make the back end really ugly. That is, from a style POV, one of Saab’s fails. As if some Opel layman had his go with them. I’m not in the fortunate position to own a Turbo X, but I’m pretty sure a Hirsch diffusor and Hirsch tail pipes would be the first on my list. That being said, I’m also pretty sure it’s a blast to drive πŸ˜‰

NGMH
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NGMH
5 years 7 months ago

Awesome photo. I love the T-X and will own one soon enough.

As an aside, the updated SAABUSA site is finally here! Awesome! No more of that BFJ stuff from days gone by.

Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 7 months ago

IΒ΄ll “take” an automatic please πŸ™‚

Lovely picture, just lovely.

Cheers/Tom

North Toronto Punter
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5 years 7 months ago
Like mine, Tompa — tuned, of course! We’ll grab a drink next time I’m Stockholm way and give you sufficient ‘heads up’ . Next mods: It seems Hirsch is the single option when it comes to lowering …and just 10mm (front only –good enough). More than double what it costs for H&R Springs, btw… and given difficulty of obtaining such in North America will probably buy next time in Sweden and enjoy a VAT rebate too (I think…and bring a large suitcase!) . A larger downpipe (as from Maptun…or maybe something more with so called Racing Cat ) will likely… Read more »
Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 7 months ago

I change AT oil every 20000km on my 9-5 with 420Nm. It looks bad already. So im thinking doing it even more often. With fresh oil gearbox works smoother.

Joe
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Joe
5 years 7 months ago

OT: di.se is in a good mood today and had it’s morning coffee BEFORE writing todays Saab article. Free 9-5SC ad making top news.

marvin
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marvin
5 years 7 months ago

New story from the same test drive event of the 9-5 Sport Combi:

http://www.teknikensvarld.se/nyheter/110209-nya-saab-9-5-kombi/index.xml#

Inlcuding higher resolution picture of the front of a black SC.

Peter, Sweden
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Peter, Sweden
5 years 7 months ago

Wish the new Griffin-version would look more like the Turbo X. Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to develop as well?

Kjell Erik
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Kjell Erik
5 years 7 months ago
74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago
As much as I love the TX, I just despise Black as far as maintenance goes. The careful washing and drying… the swirl marks ect.. I know it’s a labor of love to a point but I’d be much happier in a “TX” that was painted red. I do think the color black on a car is sexy. If it’s a occasional driver not a big deal… daily driver, forget it. I also appreciate the mystique of the evil Black TurboX…. reminds me of the Buick GN and GNX of years ago… hot stuff. So someday I’ll find myself a… Read more »
Mike C
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Mike C
5 years 7 months ago

You are correct, black looks good but detailing it every other day is difficult.
I had a black Saab convertible many years ago. Looked great after the labor, next day, you were dusting it off again. I love to detail my car and can do it all day, but even I have to admit, black is not easy. My current Saab convertible is “Nocturn Blue”
dark, but easier than black.

Tedjs
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5 years 7 months ago

I do lust after the Turbo X SportCombi – talk about a wagon with launch control.

TBX 893
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TBX 893
5 years 7 months ago
I have a 6 speed manual Turbo X with 11.5k miles. For a period of time, I still had a 2006 Aero convertible 6 speed manual (first year of the 6 cyl turbo in the 9-3). Driving the two back to back was night and day. The ‘vert was smooth cruising with a more compliant suspension and heafty feel. I found myself driving the Turbo X all the time for all the reasons mentioned. It is the closest vehicle I found to the 2004 Volvo S60R 6 speed I parted with for the convertible. I recommend the black Turtle colormatch… Read more »
Kandiru
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Kandiru
5 years 7 months ago
Just like you i also got out of a 2006 S60R and i love the Turbo X. This car just grows on me like and old coat, a very well balanced package. Alas, good things must come to an end, like my lease. Would buy her out but it spent a month in shop betw 3 coilpacks and a fried ECU, hubs are rusting and misterious TPMS, dead battery, window, and engine bay rattle gremlins are creeping up. So back to VAG and their lousy dealer network for a Golf R or S4 as the current state of “rightsizing” at… Read more »
SaabR
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5 years 7 months ago

We just got one in here at Springman’s! Less than 20,000 miles on it! Amazing car. Sorry zippy! It’s an auto… πŸ™‚

Rob

larence
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larence
5 years 7 months ago

I too was fortunate enough to acquire a TX SC when I had to trade in my black ’06 Aero Convertible in the fall (baby came). Handed them the keys and haven’t looked back. I loved the convertible (and will get another in a few years), but I do love the TX. It is a real beast. 110mph blasting down the Merritt Parkway (in Connecticut) not a sway, wimper or squeal. Once you go black, its hard to not stay that way.

If you can find one. Grab it. It hasn’t disappointed me yet.

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