Ryno's Car Thread In December the wife let me trade her car in and get the car i wanted. I had been waiting, driving a '05 Tahoe (im not a SUV guy) for 4 years since she convinced me to trade my first Saab in (an '03 9-3 Linear). So i was in my own car hell for a long time, finally im out... I purchased an '06 Saab 9-3 Aero with 25,312 on the Odometer. I got it for a steal and actually lowered our car payment from what the wife was driving. ('07 Maxima) MOTOR TREND - FIRST LOOK (published in late 2005) The last time Saab begged parent GM for an engine with enough cylinders to compete in the U.S., it was thrown an odd 3.0-liter, 54-degree iron-block V-6and a tiny budget with which to Saabify it. A turbo on the front bank pressurized the whole engine to just 3.9 psi (the internal structure couldn't tolerate any more), so output was constrained to a ho-hum 200 horsepower, and sales ended in 2003. This new 60-degree turbo V-6 is custom-tailored for Saab. The engine shares its chain-driven DOHC architecture and variable intake-valve timing with the "high-feature" V-6 currently powering Cadillacs and other upscale GM vehicles. The turbo is Saab's alone, but some features required to meet the demands of turbocharging, like oil-cooled pistons, have been applied across the other brands. Stronger forged connecting rods and high-strength aluminum cylinder heads fortify the combustion chamber sufficiently to run almost nine pounds of boost with a compression ratio of 9.5:1. Click to view Gallery 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Base... read full caption Click to view Gallery2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Base price $35,100 (est) Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD, 4-door, 5-pass sedan Engine 2.8L/247 hp/258 lb-ft turbo-charged DOHC 24-valve V-6 Transmission 6-speed man; 6-speed auto Curb weight 3450 lbs (mfr) Wheelbase 105.3 in Length x Width x Height 182.5 x 69.0 x 56.8 in 0-60 mph 6.0-7.0 sec (MT est) EPA city/hwy fuel econ Not yet rated On sale in U.S. September 2005 The water-cooled Mitsubishi TDO4-15TK turbocharger is a twin-scroll design, meaning two separate chambers channel exhaust from each cylinder bank directly onto the turbine wheel. By doing this, the individual exhaust pulses in each header help push the turbine, boosting performance and reducing lag. Collecting the exhaust before it reaches the turbo allows these pulses to cancel out. Saab investigated an even wilder approach to reducing boost lag: turning the cylinder heads around so the exhaust came out in the valley and fed sequential twin-turbos, but intense heat was melting paint on the hood. Saab claims the 9-3 Aero V-6 is its quickest car ever, so we expect the six-speed manual version to just edge ahead of the Viggen and 9-2x Aero, hitting 60 mph in six seconds flat and the quarter in the mid-14s with the Aisin six-speed automatic version running about a second off that pace. This six never feels as peaky and high-strung as Saab's turbo fours often do, and torque steer, with the wheel pointed straight ahead, is unnoticeable on smooth roads. Ample thrust is available at all speeds, so passing maneuvers can be accomplished without shifting. This is a good thing, because the six-speed manual box feels notchy, particularly when shifting from first to second or fifth to sixth. The automatic seems well matched to the engine and offers a fully manual mode with steering-wheel shifting. Tweaks were made to the suspension bushings and springs, primarily to account for the V-6's 180 pounds of extra weight. Tighter steering and larger anti-roll bars improve the new Aero's road manners and general responsiveness while retaining a supple ride quality. It won't pass for a BMW (we've never driven a front-drive car that could), but we expect the new 9-3 Aero to stand tall against other high-performing front-drivers. Sedan sales begin this September priced just above $35,000, with wagon and convertible versions following in December. Car Specs 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Performance & Efficiency Standard Features - Turbo compressor - 2,792 cc 2.8 liters V 6 front engine with 89 mm bore, 74.8 mm stroke, 9.5 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder LP9 - Premium unleaded fuel 91 - Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 28 and EPA city (mpg): 18 - Multi-point injection fuel system - 16.4 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank - Power: 186 kW , 250 HP SAE @ 5,500 rpm; 258 ft lb , 350 Nm @ 2,000 rpm 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Handling, Ride & Braking Standard Features - Four-wheel ABS - Brake assist system - Cornering brake control - Four disc brakes including four ventilated discs - Electronic brake distribution - Electronic traction control via ABS & engine management - Immobilizer - Spacesaver steel rim internal spare wheel - Stability control - Strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs , multi-link rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Exterior & Aerodynamics Standard Features - Body side molding - Part-painted front and rear bumpers - Day time running lights - Driver and passenger power heated body color door mirrors with switch - External dimensions: overall length (inches): 182.5, overall width (inches): 69, overall height (inches): 56.8, wheelbase (inches): 105.3, front track (inches): 59.9, rear track (inches): 59.3 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 35.4 - Front fog lights - Projector beam lens Xenon bulb headlights - Heat reflective glass - Luxury trim alloy & leather on gearknob and alloy look on doors - Black paint - Fixed rear window with defogger - Trunk/hatch spoiler - Glass electric front sunroof - Tinted glass on cabin - Weights: curb weight (lbs) 3,285 - Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Interior Standard Features - 12v power outlet: front and 2 - Air conditioning with climate control and rear outlet - Element antenna - Peripheral anti-theft protection - Audio anti-theft protection: separate display, code and integrated in dash - Manufacturer's own RDS audio system with AM/FM, Disc Autochanger and six-disc remote changer - Cargo area light - Cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 15 - Clock - Computer with average speed, average fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel - Full dashboard console with open storage box , full floor console with covered storage box - Delayed/fade courtesy lights - Cruise control - Front seats and rear seats cup holders pop out - Door ajar warning - Door entry light - Door pockets/bins for driver seat, passenger seat and rear seats - External temperature - Floor covering: carpet in load area - Floor mats - Driver and passenger front airbag with occupant sensors intelligent - Sports electrically adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, four adjustments and tilt adjustment , sports electrically adjustable passenger seat with height adjustment, four adjustments and tilt adjustment - Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat with pre-tensioners - Front seat center armrest - Glove compartment - Two height adjustable active head restraints on front seats , two height adjustable head restraints on rear seats - Headlight control with time delay switch-off and auto off with ignition - Illuminated entry system - Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 38.9, rear headroom (inches): 37, front leg room (inches): 42.3, rear leg room (inches): 35.1, front shoulder room (inches): 56.3, rear shoulder room (inches): 55.1 and interior volume (cu ft): 93.4 - Low fuel level warning - Low washer fluid level warning - Remote power locks includes trunk/hatch and includes power windows - Power steering - Front power windows with two one-touch , rear power windows - Front and rear reading lights - Rear fog lights - 3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side, passenger side and center side - Rear seat center armrest with trunk access - Three asymmetrical bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments - Rear view mirror - Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls - Remote control remote trunk/hatch release - Front and rear roof airbag - Front seat back storage - Leather seat upholstery with additional vinyl - Seating: five seats - Service interval indicator - Front side airbag - Thirteen speaker(s) - Leather covered multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment - Tachometer - Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror - Ventilation system with recirculation setting and micro filter Here are my favorite pics so far.