Tuesday, June 16, 2015

10k: EJ207 Powered: 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero Wagon

When Saab released the 9-2x wagon based on a Japanese import, it seemed like a gift from the heavens.  You get your funky Scandinavian badge with reliable Japanese powerplant, except that the car was built by Subaru...which means you get a car with plastics that look like they came from a yogurt container factory, and an engine that is powerful, but easily turned into scrap metal with extra boost.  Thankfully, sourcing a new engine isn't too expensive and getting something with more oomph is as easy as overnight parts from Japan.  Find this 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero Wagon with EJ207 power offered here on NASIOC forums for $7,900 if you bring your own wheels or $9,000 with the current rolling stock. 


The Saabaru 9-2x tones down some of the boy racer japanime styling of the Subaru Impreza WRX, but keeps the neck-snapping turbocharged engine and asphalt-gripping all-wheel-drive.  The 9-2x drives similar to the US spec WRX, which isn't a bad thing, just not the liver punishing thrill ride that is the USDM STi.


The 2005 9-2x Aero is equipped from the factory with a 2.0 liter EJ20 flat-four cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine putting out 227 horsepower, but this one has been given a new engine.  The EJ207 came from a Japanese STi and is now equipped with HKS Equal Length Headers, AMR Up-pipe, & FUKU Turbo Inlet -- expect it to be louder, faster, and closer to spilling its metal guts on the highway. 


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16 comments:

  1. Right now the Cheetos crumbs bouncing out of your keyboard are me stomping my feet in rage at what GM did to Saab, stalling so long on 900/9000 replacements with the 900/9-3, the 9-5, then once you thought they couldn't screw things up any worse you got the 9-2X and 9-7X.

    They were by far the best WRX wagon and Trailblazer SS built. But they were still a WRX wagon and a Trailblazer SS, and so fundamentally non-Saab you have to wonder just what kind of an idiot would approve something like that.

    Anyway, despite being horrible Saabs and not even remotely attractive to a 'European car' buyer, they were not bad cars, and as noted the best of their particular breeds.

    And this thing's somewhat appealing, though nine grand just to be laughed at by the smog guy (okay, with a Subaru there's so much cruft on top of the actual engine there's a chance he might not notice, or care) and sent to the BAR referee is a bit out of line.

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    1. Those were pretty much the only saabs id buy. If autozone doesnt stock the oil filter, its not a driver.

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    2. Every other Saab uses a Ford-thread oil filter, usually the Fram number (though I don't ever use Fram any longer) PH16, and in most cases you can just screw on the big quart-size PH8A/Motorcraft FL1A/Wix 51515 if you want. I used the Wix 51515 on my 9000 Turbo for a decade.

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    3. When I purchased the Draken, the seller (Walter Wong, a well known Saab mechanic in Culver City) included this crazy list of non-Saab parts that can be used, BMW E21 motor mounts, alternator from a Ford F100, audi fan switch, injectors Peugeot 505. etc. Then he got into the non 99 parts involved, lots of Saab 900 involved.

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    4. I am already putting together the shopping list for the B202-powered 99 I'm going to build at some point. Not anywhere near ready yet, but...

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    5. mrkwong, you should talk to Vince about the Draken...a certain 99 that would be a great candidate for said swap.

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    6. no, it has to be '75 or earlier.

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  2. Looking on eekBay, I see that used turbo motors are going for $3,200+. Is that what you guys consider not too expensive? Can I borrow some money?

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    1. Or you can buy a really good rebuild from CCR in Colorado for about $5k. Not cheap, but unlike my original, which died at 188k, it doesn't burn a drop of oil.

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    2. K2 -- compare the price of a used STi engine to most anything else that is turbocharged/intercooled and pushing 300 hp and it isn't bad at all. It isn't as a cheap as a junkyard Ford 5.0, but it is 1/8th the cost of a Porsche flat-6 and probably 1/2 the cost of a BMW N54. For what you get, prices aren't bad.

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    3. I suppose that's true.

      But a 300-hp Volvo R turbo motor can be had used for around $2,000. A 300-hp VG30DETT can be had for under $1,500. I don't get why the 'Baru turbo engine is so much more money. Because it's a boxer? Or is it because they can and these engines blow up far too often, especially when you consider Subaru's reputation for building long-lasting cars?

      There's a disparity going on here.

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    4. I've done plum gotten myself uninvited to Sunday dinner but I should have also added the 2JZ-GTE, which can be picked up for around $2K. Pouring salt into the wound, I'd also point out that all three of the engines that I mentioned have even more cylinders than the Subaru. It wouldn't even surprise me that I could pick up an M44 for less than the Subaru, though I can't be sure. I haven't kept track of those for a long time and I'm too lazy to look it up.

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    5. That's nothin....I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home.

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    6. Luuuuke...time to come home and drink some blue milk...

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    7. I saw an advanced copy of the script from Star Wars Episode VII: The Farce Awakens. It turns out that the blue milk that Luke drank was a powerful hallucinogen brewed from Bantha-milk, and the opening scene is Luke waking up from his dream of becoming a Jedi. Later, he meets Chewy at the cantina, who is lubricating his wookie liver with booze because his best friend was gunned down by a green freak named Greedo....but I think I'm spoiling too much!

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    8. [img]http://i.imgur.com/XUKLJdu.jpg?1[/img]

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