Saab 9-3 tuning magic by Hirsch

Have you seen the Hirsch 9-5 yet?
Accompanying that gorgeous black 9-5 SportCombi is this Lynx Yellow 9-3 Convertible.
It too has received the Hirsch tuning treatment, lifting its output to 275hp. It’s also got a set of lowering springs, 18-inch Hirsch Performance rims and the full leather treatment on the dash, doorhandles and handbrake.
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Saab iPod update

Yesterday I queried whether or not there was a bulletproof iPod solution for Saabs yet. The possible solution for OG9-3 and 98-05 Saab 9-5 drivers is the AudioTroll, however I didn’t announce it as being that bulletproof solution because I know there’s been various issues throughout its development and I was unclear on its current status.
I haven’t had any direct communication from Carl at GES, but from information over at the GES website and through several people in comments, it seems that those issues are largely overcome. The supply issue seems to be non-existent right now. It seems you can order now and get your shipping notice very quickly. The technical problems seem to be contingent on what type of iPod you’ve got so it may pay to check that out over at GES, but the latest revision of the technology seems to have addressed any early complaints.
You can check out the AudioTroll here. As I mentioned yesterday, fitted up and working it’s definitely the best iPod solution out there for OG9-3 and 9-5 owners.
What if you still have a tape deck? My car’s a 1999 model and it’s got a tape deck, so there’s a lot of what could be considered recent model vehicles that may still have one.
Jalopnik featured this mix of old and new technologies today.

It’s a tape adaptor that takes a flash card. You plug in your card, switch it on then insert it into your tape player. It runs on a battery, so you can also use it outside the car as a regular mp3 player, hence the headphones in the picture.
Old school cool….

BSR tune the Saab Turbo X

BSR have trumped Hirsch by being first to produce and officially market their tuning software for the Saab Turbo X or Saab XWD Aero.
The tuning upgrade produces 300hp and a massive 480Nm of torque. That’s up from the standard 280hp and 400Nm.
The tuning is via BSR’s ppc unit, which connects up to your car through the port just under your steering wheel. When you want to revert back to your factory settings, just plug it in again and wait.
Hirsch’s tune for the Turbo X will also produce 300hp but will top out at 430Nm in the torque department. It’s believed that tune will consist of a larger intercooler only. Uprated parts are needed to take things further but they won’t be ready for some time.
Hopefully we’ll hear from Hirsch soon.

Saab navigation problems

I don’t own a car with satnav. I live in a small city on an island and I own a street directory, so I’m ok. I’ve had the satnav discussion here before and now, after much deliberation and contemplation I’m quite set on the idea that factory satnav vs aftermarket satnav is a total no-brainer.
Aftermarket wins every time. It’s waaaaaaay less expensive, is easier to upgrade, and you can take it from car to car as you change your ride. Makes total sense.
If you’ve chosen integrated satnav then you’ve got the bonus of having it look very nice and blended with your interior. But the cost is rather prohibitive and it’s not just the cost of purchasing it, as Joe M let me know via email:
This is more than slightly annoying. I paid an additional $2,795 for my Saab’s navigation system (’07 9-5 Aero SportCombi) pushing the MSRP to almost $45K. This is one of GM’s highest priced passenger cars and by far the most expensive of all the navigation systems that GM offer (it’s the same exact Denso-sourced unit found in the Corvette, Cadillac STS, and the Cadillac XLR). The ’06 – ’08 9-3s and 9-7s share the same Delphi unit with one another and almost all other GM units.
For some reason, ALL run-of-the-mill Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Corvette et al driver gets two free disks, one on their first anniversary of ownership, the second disk on their second anniversary. Saab is not included in this complimentary upgrade program even though the ’06-’08 units are the EXACT same GM units, utilizing the exact same discs found in their lesser GM siblings’ dashes.
Is their any way to get GM to explain their alienation of some of their most discerning customers? Why do we have to shell out $200 per disc? Here are the FAQs:
Here’s the part number they want me to shell out $199.00 when my STS, Corvette, GP counterparts receive it free of charge in the mail. Click to enlarge.

Like I said, this whole things seems to need directions of its own.
I know some people like the integrated thing and I can see why. It’s not as practical but it is a touch more premium.
If my dealer were throwing in a Navman I’d be quite happy to spend my several-thousand-dollars on some other optioins. Everybody wins and I still get to find my way home.

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