For those of you who are new around here, this is my car…..
It’s a 1999 Saab 9-3 SE Sport, known as a Monte Carlo here in Australia. We only got 50 of them here, each of them numbered. There are various configurations – 3-door, 5-door, Auto and Manual, all of them with a B204R engine, producing 200hp in manual form. Mine is #9, a 3-door manual.
Since getting the car, I’ve fitted the following:
- 17-inch wheels from a 9-3SS with Continental SportContact rubber
- Steering rack clamp and brace
- Custom made front subframe brace
- Rear sway bar
- Carbonfibre dash kit (originally fitted to Viggen here in Oz)
- Hirsch stainless steel cat-back exhaust
- Hirsch wastegate actuator
- Hirsch performance ECU
- Maptun performance air filter (I have a Speedparts one as well)
- Saab 9-3 Viggen dampers and springs
I’ve had the car for two years now, which is pretty good for me
I was considering replacing the car some time early this year, but some circumstances have arisen that have made me reconsider. Instead of selling, I’m now upgrading a few bits and pieces.
It became evident shortly after the Hirsch ECU upgrade that my clutch was wearing. I’ve put up with it for a little while now, but I figured that this should be the first upgrade.
Hence, a Viggen clutch has been ordered and should arrive later this week, along with a few other goodies.
Since I’m uprating the clutch, I figured the car could do with a bit more power and some better breathing. Soooooooooo…. I emailed my mates at Maptun to see what they suggested.
Along with the clutch, I’m now looking forward to receiving:
- Maptun Stage 3 ECU
- Uprated Forge wastegate actuator (matched to ECU requirements)
- A big, fat downpipe to complete the exhaust system.
I’m told these upgrades should be good for a theoretical 280hp and around 400Nm of torque.
UPS tracking tells me they’ve left Melbourne, so I’m hoping for a call from my mechanic tomorrow to say they’ve arrived. If so, I reckon I’ll be risking a ticket some time early next week
At the same time as this stuff’s installed, I’m going to get my airbag and stereo controls back, and get Steve the mechanic to look at the front end for an occasional knocking noise.
Sometimes not buying a replacement car can be fun, too.