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#1 2012-02-02 16:07:58

Octivarium
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Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

Finally got around to scanning the article. Enjoy!  banana

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#2 2012-02-02 16:31:31

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

Hilarious how much more they cost than the WRX.   lol
Oh how the tables have turned...

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#3 2012-02-02 21:04:06

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

Good article, thanks. smile


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#4 2015-10-11 22:48:27

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

Any way you can fix these links? Images are not showing up for me...

Thx!

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#5 2015-10-12 01:58:21

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004


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#6 2015-10-12 06:44:31

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

thymighty wrote:

Hilarious how much more they cost than the WRX.   lol
Oh how the tables have turned...

Not really.  Most of us got $8,000 off the sticker price.  I always found it hilarious how people who bought WRX is paid more than I did for a not as good looking and not quite as nice car. I got mine for under $20,000.    biggrin  WRX's at the time were going for closer to 25k with less options.  There were some butthurt WRX owners out there for sure!

Motor Trend has a road test on their web page too.

The 05 Aero had shit power delivery and was so freaking slow stock.  I remember when I bought it i was annoyed but knew that it could be fixed for less than $1,000.

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#7 2015-11-08 17:27:54

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

Snaab9-2 wrote:

thymighty wrote:

Hilarious how much more they cost than the WRX.   lol
Oh how the tables have turned...

Not really.  Most of us got $8,000 off the sticker price.  I always found it hilarious how people who bought WRX is paid more than I did for a not as good looking and not quite as nice car. I got mine for under $20,000.    biggrin  WRX's at the time were going for closer to 25k with less options.  There were some butthurt WRX owners out there for sure!

Motor Trend has a road test on their web page too.

The 05 Aero had shit power delivery and was so freaking slow stock.  I remember when I bought it i was annoyed but knew that it could be fixed for less than $1,000.

No doubt. I went with a friend to pick up his SAAB 9-3 and we saw the SAAB 9-2x sitting in the show room. Neither one of us had heard a peep about the car, despite both following car blogs, and automotive news. GM did a pretty crappy job of marketing the SAAB 9-2x.
I test drove both the SAAB 9-2x Aero and Subaru WRX - there was no comparison. The biggest difference for me, was the SAAB felt more sure footed in corners and braking than the Subaru.

As for the power, I first changed the air intake with the bypass elbow - I think it cost like 30 bucks. You basically take out that huge air resonator from the right front tire well and install a small plastic elbow in its place. Made a huge difference. Later I replaced the bypass elbow with the Prodrive Cold Air intake but I didn't notice much of a power difference. Huge difference on the blow off sound for some reason.

One huge plus to the SAAB 9-2x is the availability of aftermarket parts to boost power and handling.


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#8 2015-11-09 09:35:57

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Re: Car and Driver Road Test of 92x - July 2004

bynddrvn wrote:

As for the power, I first changed the air intake with the bypass elbow - I think it cost like 30 bucks. You basically take out that huge air resonator from the right front tire well and install a small plastic elbow in its place. Made a huge difference.

Not a chance.

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