6 cylinders. Big
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
Hopefully I will be able to give you a bit of a direct comparison, having had 2 159s and a GT. Admittedly not SWs, but a very similar driving experience none the less.
Started with a 1.9jtdm 159 saloon a few years ago. Took the car from 60K to 88K and all was good. Had an Angel remap to pick the power up and help it to respond a little more like the petrol turbo engines (in previous Saabs) that I was used to. Loved the car!
Then I had a coupe itch which needed scratching before my lads grew much taller (they were 9 and 11 at the time). So I bought a GT Q2 (1.9jtdm). Fabulous car, loved it in many ways, had it for 20K miles and 11 months, 3 weeks. Then the lure of a 159 LE brought me back to the saloon car.
The difference between the two, considering the engine is all but identical, is amazing. The GT felt alive, responsive and handled brilliantly, had enough space to take myself and my boys camping several times (see photo below). But, it felt harsh over city roads, the interior wasn't quite up to the standards that the 159 had set for me. And finally, the mileage I was doing was rapidly killing the car.
The current 159 has a remap (and now a new clutch) and it feels fantastic. Economy is back on a par with the GT, even with the larger/heavier car. And once running (2nd gear upwards) is certainly as quick. In fact, third in the 159 would obliterate the GT in third.
You are doing right to drive a few. I found that it all comes down to the previous owner and the quality of the service that it had. Some feel baggy and about to give up, some feel tight and alive.
I am very happy that I have gone back to the 159. For me it is a better all round car. On a smooth twisty A road the GT wins hands down in every respect, but these opportunities were becoming less and less.
Good luck with the search, for me, 159 is a winner.
Moved over to the dark side
And loving it
Last edited by wynne71; 05-06-12 at 19:39.