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 there was always a feeling of “throwing anchor”. Step in, 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 to switch to slotted brakes from the Orio Germany range. A clear improvement, but not the solution to the problem. Because the “throwing anchor” effect remained.
Last winter the realization matured that only an upgrade program would fix the problem. The 16 ″ brake system from the 9-5 OG Aero, which is also used in the 9-3 Viggen, should finally solve the problem. Even considering that I want to have fun with the 9-3 Aero for as long as possible, but without unnecessary risk, this is an understandable decision.
At the start of the season in March, the 9-3 came after Frankfurt. Major inspection, TÜV and AU, and the upgrade program. Then, after two days of the expected call, the Saab can be picked up. And once again excitement like a little child getting new toys. The first look is fun. 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 drive?
The first impression is unspectacular. The Saab now brakes, absolutely calm, without the notorious anchor effect. It is reflected in city traffic by the fact that there is an unusual distance of an additional car length between the Saab and the vehicle in front when it comes to a standstill. You get used to it quickly, after a few days everything is normal, the stress is gone, and the car drives and brakes really confidently. It is more spectacular on the autobahn, and especially when you have to brake hard unintentionally. The 9-3 Aero decelerates very sustainably, and if necessary, several times in a row.
The brakes are now what they should be on a modern car. Precise, stable, with a clear pressure point. Gaining driving pleasure and safety, the Saab is as it should have been from the start. A lot has changed on my 9-3 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. I would no longer use the 4-point subframe today, instead I would use a more effective 6-point solution. The Hirsch LLK, on the other hand, which is only available under the counter today, is only required if you want to upgrade a soft turbo. The series 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.