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    Hello,

    I am thinking of parting with my 05 2.2 direct sri and buying something a couple of years newer and something with a little more grunt!

    I having been looking at possibly a facelift vectra sri 2.0t or a saab 9-3 aero.

    If you we're given the choice which would you go for????

    the saab has quite poor write ups but is this from the saab faithful who were not keen on a saab/vauxhall joint venture.

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    Interesting dilema! I can't help you because although I've always liked and been tempted by the Saab 9-3 (particularly Aero spec), I've never actually taken the plunge and bought one. The only thing that ever concerned me about them was that I was always drawn towards the 'HOT' models, but had concerns that the engines maybe overly stressed by having a high pressure turbo (and was the turbo up to it reliability-wise?).

    From what I've read, it's best to steer clear of the 3.0 diesel in the Saabs because it was troublesome in them (cooling I think), whereas in the Vectra's the 3.0 works much better. I've got a Vectra 3.0cdti - if you want grunt (and decent fuel consumption), maybe that should go on your list too?

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    I had a 03 Saab 9-3 Aero and kept it for about 10k miles it never let me down once and found it very difficult to fault , I now drive an 07 Vectra Sri 2.0T and again I cant fault it its never let me down and Ive done quite a few 350+ miles drives in it and its never missed a beat , The 210 bhp in the Saab gets you where you want to go in a hurry and i did enjoy the performance but to be honest the Sri Turbo is no slouch either. Over all the Saab was higher spec and was quicker but the Sri is a quick car and in my opinion is a better looking car. Given the choice I would stick with the Vectra which gives decent mpg and performance.saab 1.jpgIMAG0138.jpg

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    that saab still looks up to date,very nice and like those wheels i am fancying a set on the vectra,i assume they are a straight swap

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    Mrk , a set of those wheels went for £240 on eBay yesterday And yes there a straight swap

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    Have you suffered any problems with the vectra? Must say yours looks great with those wheels. I am on my third 2.2 so think a change to a 2.0t would nt go a miss.

    The 210bhp of the saab does appeal more than 175bhp of the vectra thou but seeing that they are both the same engine maybe a remap would help

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    Quote Originally Posted by marktaylor View Post
    Mrk , a set of those wheels went for £240 on eBay yesterday And yes there a straight swap

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    £240 and no refurb sounds a good buy,if they needed a refurb maybe a bit dear?

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    If it were my money, it'd go on the Saab. I love my Vec but mates just bought an 08 plate aero - go to say I prefer it. My mate loves it, the only two things that niggle him are the chrome trim on the dash reflecting onto the windscreen and drips of water dripping into the cab when he's having a fag when it's raining. Wouldn't be a problem for me, but easily sorted with a pair of deflectors.

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    Saab 1.9 cdtti

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    Ive not had any major problems with the Vectra at all I just made sure it had a good service history and low miles when I bought it (22k) and its been great to drive , I only got rid of the Saab because the mileage was getting a bit high (99k)

    My wheels need a refurb but apart from that I think they look the part and there not to noisy and I don't find the ride to hard or harsh like a few people have said on here , If i was you I would take an Sri turbo out for a test drive im sure you'll be impressed and there have been a few on ebay of late same spec and trim level.

    I'm planning to remap mine at some point so it'll be interesting to see what sort of bhp increase I get.

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