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Old 03-13-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Swap a 2005 ion engine in a 2003 VUE

I have a 2003 2.2 automatic VUE AWD. I seem to remember reading a thread saying it was possible to swap in a ion engine? Was that for real?

The ION has 2.2 ecotec motor and 5 speed trans, 60k miles.

It has 114,000 miles on it and the transmission is going to need a rebuild. I thought replacing both the power plant and the tranny would be in order.

Thoughts?

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Old 03-18-2008, 03:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Swap a 2005 ion engine in a 2003 VUE

The 05 Ion and the 03 VUE are the same 2.2L. The only differencess I have found are some early 2.2's were not drive by wire and the new style are. That's all intake and exhaust are the same, head, block. That's why I think we could all use a 2.2 Header off of an ION if we wanted to.

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Old 03-18-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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All VUEs are drive by wire, regardless of year. The ION did not get DBW until 2005.

The ION transmission and the VUE transmission are not the same and are not compatible, however.

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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If i were gonna do a Vue engine swap i'd probably put an LS2 under the hood.

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Old 03-19-2008, 09:18 AM   #5
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Hmm, or an LSJ (2.0SC)... or the new DI Turbo from the Sky RL/Cobalt SS/HHR SS... I can't wait to get behind the wheel of one of those

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