Cheapest performance car for under $5K - Saab 9000 track proven
Why a Saab 9000? I started this project when a 19 years old mate of mine
asked what beater to buy for under AUD$5K so that he can practice track
driving later. Since $5K is the total budget, there are only limited
choices available to a provisional licence driver in Australia.
Since not many people understand about Saab 9000 Aero therefore I decided
to make a demo. Saab had well over engineered this car at the time with its
engine capable to handle 500hp without touching internal parts. Standard
goodies include large Intercooler, BOV & oil cooler.
Here is the spec & cost summary:
Saab 9000 Aero, 225hp turbo FWD, 5speed
Bridgestone used RE002 tyres on stock 16" wheels $300
Koni adjustable shocks and unknown springs used $450
Stage 1 ECU
High flow cat installed
Yellowstuff brakepads $200
Oil change, hoses and labour $450
Driven 45+ fun laps and the Saab 9000 is still fine, no mechanical issue
whatsoever. No LSD or seat support is a pain though, gave my arms and abs a
This car is quirky and need to source parts from UK, at least it shows you
can still have fun with a relatively low budget.
Thank you to JDM Yard for organising this great event @ Wakefield Park
Also thank you to Proworks Automotive for helping me out with this build
Other cars attended the day included Honda Civic, Integra, S2000, Nissan
S13 , S14 & S15, Mitsubishi Evo 6 & 7 and Mazda MX5
Turbo 3RZ-FE 4Runner - Test Drive with Turbo Kit
Quick test drive video as requested several times.
Note: At the end of the video, where the AFR and Boost gauges are shown, pay attention to the
AFR gauge when I go WOT in first gear. It stays in closed loop, but then
goes open loop as soon as it hits second. For everyone who knows
about/tunes these trucks, is this normal? I am concerned about it being so
lean for being in Boost under load
while in first gear. Any help would be appreciated.
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Turbo6 2.8T XWD Top Speed Run
Stock (300HP, 400Nm), factory speed limiter.
Music: Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants (Original Mix).
German autobahn without speed limit.
Speedometer and GPS measured.
Filmed with iPhone, sorry for the quality and shaky view. :)
Part-3 Volvo S70 2.4T Installing valve seals and re-lapping valves
Part 3. The used head for the coolant monster arrived, the old head was
rendered useless. In this video i go over the steps i take when re-lapping
valves and replacing valve seals. The guides in this head were still in
spec. therefore this video don't include replacing the guides