For almost two years, the Turbo X in our fleet, and Blogger's toy has lost none of its original appeal. The Saab is probably the last compact four-wheel facsimile from Trollhättan with a supercharged V6 under the bonnet. Because the trend is everywhere in the automotive world to small engines, with four or fewer cylinders.
The environment and the wallet may be pleased, the automobile gourmet accepts it with horror. A problem of the Turbo X is the heat sensitivity in the summer. If the temperatures climb above 25 degrees, then the diva and zips refuses performance, Remedy must be, and the first thought goes to Switzerland. Hirsch Performance offered a performance kit that included 20 additional horses and a larger intercooler. It goes, clearly, to the container for hot air. An appropriately sized intercooler works wonders and eliminates the thermal discomfort.
It is an open secret that Hirsch Performance has a "iron reserve" for emergencies or special customers even in sold-out parts. Well, to make a long story short, the blogger is neither an emergency nor is he seen by Hirsch as the preferred person. All requests, through different channels, did not help. Even three years of positive and free reporting, with a strong Swiss readership, were no trump card. Hirsch stayed hard. Just so it is not misunderstood: I did not want to give something, or at a special price, but simply buy the service kit. So there had to be an alternative, even if the thing was not over.
The Saab Parts AB, my preferred supplier of original parts, could not help as well, so I ended up looking at Maptun. In Sweden, the corresponding intercooler was available, and took care of the settlement Till of SU. He runs the German Maptun agency, and the LLK became Bamberg within a few days Saab center delivered.
Why the Turbo X suffers from thermal problems becomes clear at the latest when you see the original intercooler removed in front of you. The original part, it comes from supplier Valeo, is at best a toy. In comparison to the Maptun solution, it is clearly under-dimensioned and, quite frankly, qualitatively at least questionable in direct comparison. The new LLK, on the other hand, looks massive, carved from the full, and recalls the quality that Saab built decades ago in the 900 Turbo as an intercooler.
In principle, you do not go wrong if you give your engine a larger-sized intercooler. The old Saab 900 Softturbo versions had none, an upgrade did the car noticeably good. This has not changed in recent years, because the basic rules remained the same: cooler air brings better performance, better combustion and thermal stability. So a great intercooler is always well spent money.
The installation and removal takes a little over a good hour in the workshop. The new Intercooler fits 99% perfectly, we just had to improvise on a mount. With the LLK now no millimeter space is given away, and the next summer with the heat in the Rhine-Main area can come. That theoretically, with the new intercooler from the Turbo X could get more power - boost pressure to 1.5 Bar should be possible - is another matter. Because that was not the point.
An addendum still. There was still the matter with deer performance. Days before installation, the Swiss volunteered, and it would have been possible to obtain a performance kit from Hirsch. For the friendly - fair price. But Maptun had already delivered, and I had no desire to reverse the purchase at Maptun. And somehow I had resigned myself to not belong to the primarily important clientele in St. Gallen. Other bloggers, but not me. Honestly - I can live with it.