I like the 9-3 Aero, the last hatchback Saab from Trollhättan. I like driving it, especially on longer stretches. But something annoyed me from the beginning. It is the brakes that are too weak in the series. Which is no trifle. Good brakes are also essential in the older car.
Associated with the series brakes was always a sense of "anchor throwing". Enter, say, drop the anchor and wait for something to happen. Not tingly, and in the long run stressful, especially in dangerous situations an unnecessary thrill. The first remedy was the switch to slotted brakes from the program of Orio Germany. A clear improvement, but not the solution to the problem. Because the "anchor throwing" effect remained.
Last winter, the realization that only an upgrade program would fix the problem matured. The 16 "brake system from the 9-5 OG Aero, which is also used in the 9-3 Viggen, should finally solve the problem. Also against the background that I want to move the 9-3 Aero as long as possible with fun, but without unnecessary risk, a comprehensible decision.
At the start of the season in March, the 9-3 came after Frankfurt, Large inspection, TÜV and AU, and just the upgrade program. Then, after two days of the expected call, the Saab can be fetched. And once again tension like a little child getting new toys. The first glance makes you happy. The brake disc fills the space in the rim and looks more impressive than the little thing from the series. But how does the toy go?
The first impression is unspectacular. The Saab brakes now, absolutely unperturbed, without the infamous anchor effect. It is reflected in city traffic in that between Saab and the front vehicle at standstill unfamiliar distance from an additional car length opens. You get used to it quickly, after a few days everything is normal, the stress is gone, and the car drives and brakes really sovereign. It is more spectacular on the highway, and especially when you have to fully stop unintentionally. The 9-3 Aero delays very sustainably, and if necessary, several times in succession.
The brakes are now what they should be in a modern car. Precise, stable, with a clear pressure point. Driving pleasure and safety gain, the Saab is what it should have been from the beginning. On my 9-3 a lot has changed in the last 5 years. The "Steering Rack Clamp" proved indispensable. It brought more steering precision and sportiness, but also robbed a lot of comfort. The 4 subframe I would not block today, I would instead resort to a more effective 6 point solution. The Hirsch LLK on the other hand, which today only exists under the counter, you only have to if you want to upgrade a Softturbo. The serial intercooler in the Aero is not noticeably less effective.
But the best retrofit of all was the brakes. To make a nearly 20 year old car fit for the current traffic situation is lived sustainability and a gain in safety. However, there are, as unfortunately so often, a major disadvantage. The required parts are no longer in full Orio zu kaufen.
It depends on the Saab workshop of trust, their stock and organizational skills, whether an upgrade is possible. (Thanks to the team of Saab Service Frankfurt!Therefore, there are on the blog also exceptionally no price for the action.