It’s been a few weeks since I picked up the 9-3 HOT Aero from somewhere in Yorkshire, but after getting me and my son home safely, bad stuff happened, the engine light came on, shut down the TCS and went into limp mode.
Cue the amazing services of Jason and his team at Malcolm Miles in Leicester. Managing to get the car safely ensconced in his Saab packed workshop, I left the 9-3 with him for a few weeks to give it a good going over, and that’s exactly what he’s done.
Starting with the bad stuff, he disassembled, cleaned and reassembled the throttle body which seemed to be causing the engine light twitch and replaced the rear brake discs and pads which were seized, these fixes got the Saab back on track. I’d also asked him to be thorough and fix anything he felt was wrong – it ended up being a rather long list with some issues that really couldn’t have waited much longer, including:
Replaced section of blowing exhaust
Removed sump, cleaned and replaced filter and oil
Replaced breather hoses
Replaced vac pipes
Disassembled, cleaned and reassembled front brakes
Drained and replaced brake fluid
Welding to underside drain holes
Fitting spacers the rear anti roll bar
Apply Waxoil to underside
During its stay, it’s also been pushed up to 250hp with a bit of ECU love by Karl at Noob Tune. If feels seriously quick now, with lots of mid range grunt and yet still smooth in the city, amazing to drive.
All in all a busy few weeks for the Aero, not what I’d planned, but feel I’ve now got the basics sorted and it’ll be ready for a few more upgrades next year, saying that, it desperately needs a good set of tyres first.