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i dont know which one to buy. Ive had a passat and a jetta and loved them both. which would be faster though the saab or passat? Saab a 2.0t and the passat 1.8t. but i think the saab is more expensive to chip and mod
 

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Don't buy a 1.8T passat without full records of synthetic oil changes (CPO covers that too).
Without that, SAAB. Otherwise, I'd go with teh one that drives the best.
The 1.8T is extremnely moddable though. Capable of a lot of power.
 

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I would much rather have the passat than a vauxhall vectra......i mean saab 93, stick with what you know you love.
 

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I believe the Saab engine still has a timing chain which is much more durable that the Passat Timing belt. Having had a 1997 Saab 900SE Turbo, the Passat is not as quick as the Saab and definately doesnt handle as well.
 

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2.0t is by far faster, but their aftermarket mods are more expensive. a bsr chip usually costs around a grand, versus $500 for ours. also, the few times i visit saab forums, the depth of info they have compared to here is definitely lacking. their members are not as mechanically inclined as our members/moderators here, so something to look out for.

but just be sure to buy a newer model where the baseline 2.0t got bumped up from 175hp to 190 or something like that. plus, those first year models had alot of quality control issue, much of which they sorted out in the last year or so.
 

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Couple questions. Did you post the same question on a Saab forum? Do you ask the waiter/waitresss in a restaurant what tastes good today?
 

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I have a 2001 b5.5 glx 4motion.
I have been looking for a 2003-2005 saab 9-3 Aero (vector) version for my wife.

I have tried it and it is quicker than any Passat i have tried. But the overall feeling is that i prefer my passat.
Sometimes i don't understand why quicker meens better.
You see it all the time in the forum, people always talk about what car is faster.
So what if a car is faster than another?
I look for the overall sensation.

The 93 is a nice car but there is something about the materials and interior feel that i do not like for a car of that price range.

My 2 cents.
 

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Before buying my Passat, I almost got a 2001 Saab 9-3 Aero.

dont get me wrong, I love my Passat, but I still wish sometimes I would have gone with the Saab.
 

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I own both but the Saab is a 2.3 Aero 9-5, stock is 250 hp. The Saab is a great car for performance tuning the 2.3t can be 300+ hp with a tuned ECU and mods to intake and exhaust. If you purchase an Aero 9-3 or 9-5 it is already mostly upgraded as far as the engine and suspension. Although you can still continue.
I had only recently purchased my 1.8t so they guys on this forum can answer your question about that.


Here are some useful links to manufacturers that provide tuning services for the 9-5 and 9-3
http://www.maptun.com/
http://www.nordictuning.com/main.php?lang=en
http://www.genuinesaab.com (Provides Nordic in the USA)
http://www.abbottracing.com/
http://www.partsforsaabs.com/default.php?cPath=28_270
http://www.hirsch-performance.ch/
 

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I would say passat only cause it would take over a year before i got used to where the key goes.
Oh christ, not THAT complaint again.

You know, it took me a year to get used to not being able to fit a 20 ounce bottle in my Passat's cupholders. I imagine it would take less time to get used to something that gets used more often, like the ignition switch.
 
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