In winter, the Turbo X is hard to stop. Slopes with snow and ice are his natural habitat. Bringing him to the limit is hardly possible, usually the driver strokes the sails where the technology could go further. But before the Turbo X enjoyment comes, for all those who want to own one, part 2 the purchase advice.
Sports trolley or limousine
A question that everyone likes to answer to their own taste. The sedan is a bit cheaper to have than the station wagon, is a little lighter, a little more handy, but you only noticed as a sensitive driver in direct comparison. The station wagon, on the other hand, has the charm of a fast transporter. Allowed is what pleases.
Interior & Equipment
Sure, all Turbo X are black. That was it then. Many vehicles are fully equipped, have premium leather, electric seats, sunroof, adaptive headlights and Bose sound system. But not all.
The premium leather is desirable, because then the inserts of the door trim, the backrests of the front seats and the armrest of the center console are covered with leather. The Bose sound system is nice if you have it, but you do not have to. Because even 2007 had better systems; Whoever does not get one does not have to be sad. Adaptive bi-xenon cornering light is ingenious, the sunroof should be an integral part of every TX. Because only then can you enjoy the sound that makes you addicted.
Spare parts & availability
Most parts are compatible with the standard Saab 9-3. The basic service is therefore secured, that is the good news of our Saab Turbo X purchase advice. Things look less good with Turbo X specific things. The rims are no longer available in Nyköping, as is the Haldex clutch for the TX. However, this can be repaired in the event of a defect.
Attachments to the Turbo X are also rare, and the situation is likely to improve. However, there are always some parts, such as new Haldex couplings that can currently be delivered by other suppliers, not the Orio AB. A certain basic networking in the Saab scene and the Saab dealer of trust, which ideally also has a Turbo X in the collection, is therefore recommended.
Prices & availability
It goes without saying that the "price" does not exist for a vehicle that has a stock of around 90 units in Germany. Despite the limitations, there are always a dozen copies available for sale across Europe. Prices start at just under 15.000 € and go up to 25.000 €, abroad for top copies also like more.
However, as I've learned in recent months, the price is not an indicator of how good a vehicle is. There are both acceptable TX for 15.000 € and also run-down copies for 25.000 €. The fact that the Turbo X is a collector's item, has gotten around now, so tried one or the other vendors to do business with it.
When buying one should therefore always take the better copy and prefer vehicles with a clear history and maintenance. In plain language: one should avoid Feierabendschrauber and maintained by independent workshops vehicles with consequence and account of the account balance.
The TX is a complex, modern vehicle, with some peculiarities of the small series. Negligence can be really expensive. A not-maintained Haldex module costs in exchange a friendly 4.000 €, since the fun and understanding of Schrauberromantik ends. A big bow should also be made to vehicles with chip tuning, the hardware already runs in the series close to the limit, cheap tuning can be expensive. There are discounts in the price, for example, if the coveted, no longer available rims are missing. Or another exhaust system was mounted and the original is no longer available.
Who gets his Turbo X from abroad, which should clarify the exact extent of the equipment. After all, the same equipment features do not apply to all markets, and vehicles for southern Europe usually have no seat heating. Retrofitting is possible, but time-consuming, as the required cables have not been laid from the factory.
"The Saab Turbo X turns out to be a convincing successor to the legendary 70 and 80er Turbo models." (Autofocus 6 / 2007)
Because the Turbo X was definitely the brand's last compact 6 cylinder. Because he was also the first vehicle in the world with Haldex 4, and the first high-performance all-wheel drive Saab in series. Because it was the anniversary model for 30 years of Saab Turbo technology, and there was none left for 35 years and possibly, maybe, and anyway, nothing comes after.
The Turbo X is a strong, compact athlete, with which it sweeps wonderfully over small country roads. He exudes the lost charm of a Lancia Delta Integrale - yet another legend, just transformed into modern times. No Saab of the last years is similarly handy and unreasonable on the way, with so much fun potential.
Yes, and because the Turbo X, soberly considered, is a piece of brand history and a collector's item.
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