Black Friday fanfare – Saab style

For those who love shopping, especially in the US, today is Black Friday. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season and more recently, the season for an internet shopping bonanza.

For those who do love to shop, I thought I’d help you see the day in with a fanfare, provided by the Saab Black Turbo Orchestra.

I love a good exhaust note……..


And a note to self……

I’ve got to get some seat time in a Turbo X. I’ve only driven it once and the more I see them, the more I want one. It’s truly an outstanding machine.

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      1. I own a TurboX SC with a 6 spd manual that I bought used a little over a year ago and let me tell you, it’s the best vehicle I’ve ever owned, maybe even ever driven.  That is G-d’s own exhaust note, and the car’s torque and power are amazing.  Power, however much you want whenever you want it, in any gear, at any speed, is totally intoxicating.  It’s an amazing engine, and a crying shame it isn’t available anymore.  Add wonderful seats, a good ride (only with replacement Contisport tires, not the OEM ones, which are far too harsh), excellent handling, XWD, and true wagon utility, and it may be the perfect car.  20+ MPG on the highway.  In over a year of my putting on over 25000 miles per year, it’s been bullet-proof.  Frankly, every 9-3 should have left the factory this way.  A true and superior 335Xi competitor.  

        I keep thinking, if Saab either doesn’t survive or does survive and never really makes an equivalent replacement (very possible), what would I ever replace this with that offers its combination of power, utility, XWD, and manual transmission?  Probably the only option in the US would be the Cadillac CTS-V wagon (but no AWD there).  I know Europeans have more options, but in the US for manual wagons, that’s it.

  1. A Turbo X SportCombi… If I knew the economy was going to implode in ’08 I would have certainly waited for the deals they had on that car. Drove one when my car was in for service and was so tempted to buy it.

  2. Hey Swade,

    It’s funny how how trends and interests tend to come in waves. I’m still obsessed with my Viggen, but find myself more and more attracted to the Turbo X as time has gone by.
    I’ve been seeing more and more little posts about the X in recent times too… including here.That exhaust note is a thriller, isn’t it!I sure you’ve already noticed that Nick T has run out of mods for his Viggen, and bought himself a Turbo X to start playing with…..

    Good times 🙂

  3. Love the sound. One of the best in my opinion. I’ve got MY2008 2.0T 9-3 SportCombi, and I’m thinking about getting Hirsch dual exhaust for it to achieve more noble sound. Well, it won’t be as noble as Turbo X’s, but at least something.

  4. I wonder how a roundup like this will sound  in 10 years or less when Saabs are mostly electrified. Someone has to tweak the electric engine to make some noise (as it has to not to kill pedestrians) and sound masculine and that will be a challenge for the Saab engineers. I nowdays usually go here to check things out before i go to SU to have my heartbeat raised by some overly dramatic headline. Please don’t do this again.