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#1 2005-06-09 22:50:34

Joe ///M
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Coming from a BMW background...

...I have to say that I am VERY impressed with the 9-2x's capabilities!

Just got my "Black Mica" 9-2x with no packages today. Even with measly 16" tires, she handles great. AWD is very fun to drive.

The car just sticks like glue around the curves.

Now, if I can juuust get past that break-in period...

///M

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#2 2005-06-09 23:42:57

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

Joe ///M wrote:

...I have to say that I am VERY impressed with the 9-2x's capabilities!

Just got my "Black Mica" 9-2x with no packages today. Even with measly 16" tires, she handles great. AWD is very fun to drive.

The car just sticks like glue around the curves.

Now, if I can juuust get past that break-in period...

///M

Hey Joe, what a cool little car huh?    I havent driven my Viper since I got my 92x a month ago......Every time a go for a drive, I cant pass up driving the little Saab. I suppose I better take the snake out for a spin this weekend...

Cheers,


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#3 2005-06-09 23:54:51

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

i'm with ya joe . . . i had a wrx wagon before and the small changes in the saab's suspension make it much more fun to drive

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#4 2005-06-10 11:12:24

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

Coming from BMW myself, as much as I like the ability to get on the gas sooner in a corner...I think it still needs some stiffining. (this is just me) I had my 328 set up as close to (and possibly stiffer in various aspects) as an M. (Autox ready), Actually the guy who bought it off me was going to use it for that very purpose, school and track only.

So just maybe I've got to start looking for an excellent coil over system for the 92x...Somthing that is eaisly adjusted for the (2) seasons we have here in Upstate NY,,, Freeze your butt off winter and sweat your arse off summer....

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#5 2005-06-10 12:00:33

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

kutch wrote:

Coming from BMW myself, as much as I like the ability to get on the gas sooner in a corner...I think it still needs some stiffining. (this is just me) I had my 328 set up as close to (and possibly stiffer in various aspects) as an M. (Autox ready), Actually the guy who bought it off me was going to use it for that very purpose, school and track only.

So just maybe I've got to start looking for an excellent coil over system for the 92x...Somthing that is eaisly adjusted for the (2) seasons we have here in Upstate NY,,, Freeze your butt off winter and sweat your arse off summer....

kutch

Agree 100%.  My previous car was a 96 M3 and naturally was a blast to drive.  Granted the 92x is a totally different beast, it does quite well out of the box.  However, like you, my complaints are a soft suspension and mediocre tires.  I've been looking at Tein coilovers as the next step in the upgrade process.


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#6 2005-06-10 16:10:42

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

This is a great thread. I always wondered how BMW drivers feel about this car. I had a 2000 Celica GTS and I think it handles better in some ways with the AWD. At least the steering is better.


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#7 2005-06-10 16:25:18

Joe ///M
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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

I have had Bimmers almost exclusively my whole life, my first being a '79 320i, then 635csi, ///M6, 735i, 740i, and currently an 850i. I must say that, while certainly not as "heavy" feeling, and perhaps a little too touchy on-center, the 9-2x holds its own against most of the above BMWs.

My 850i is much beefier than the 9-2x, but it relies on raw horses to make up for the added weight. My Euro ///M635csi is of similar weight to the Saab, and it would be a close race (with a qualified driver) between the two. The difference again, though is the Bimmer's 285HP,versus the 227 of my 9-2x. The AWD versus the extra HP makes for a fair fight on the track.

Overall, the 9-2x reminds me of a 318 wagon on steroids. The 4 wheel drive experience takes getting used to (and trust), but it sure rips some darn asphalt up!

Once this car is completely broken in, it's gonna be a blassst.

///M

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#8 2005-06-10 17:19:47

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

I've driven my fair share of BMWs (93 325, 98 325, 01 323, 03 323, 05 323 <- all convertibles, M roadster, 95 M3 coupe, 99 and 04 M3 convertibles) and think this is a very interesting comparison. On the one hand you've got a whole slew of rear-wheel drive cars that have a significant amount of torque from their inline 6's and therfore you have to be concerned about traction and wheel spin. These cars always required finese and a real since of what the rear-end was doing in the corners. Whereas with the 9-2x I can just point it in the direction that I want it to go, floor it, and it goes. My 9-2x only responds with all four wheels squealing and slipping when it can't give me any more G's through a turn, so I back off a bit and it continues to plow through a turn.

So Joe ///M, if you like to get the rear-end to swing out you're going to be hard pressed to do so with this car. Be prepared for four wheel drifts instead of two.


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#9 2005-06-10 20:04:28

Joe ///M
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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

Can't wait!

///M

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#10 2005-06-11 14:20:26

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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

eqlized_aero wrote:

So Joe ///M, if you like to get the rear-end to swing out you're going to be hard pressed to do so with this car. Be prepared for four wheel drifts instead of two.

Drifiting is good fun, but you lose too much speed through the turn.  Try trail braking into the turn to lighten the rear.  You can get the weight to shift to the front which will give you a controlled rotation as you ease back on the throttle through the apex.


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#11 2005-06-13 09:47:17

Joe ///M
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Re: Coming from a BMW background...

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Here's both my "whips" on a sunny June morn at "work."

The 850 BMW on the left is a fun car, but boy, that little Saabaru sure drives nice!

I took it on a short trip yesterday to Myrtle Beach, SC. Fun fun fun.

Avg MPG thus far=23.5 mixed city/hwy. Not too shabby compared to the ol' guzzler.

///M

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