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Old 02-21-2008, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Saturn mod help

Hi guys
First i'll introduce myself.
I'm Marc (yes im new on this forum) and my car is a saturn sc2 1996 auto
I wanted to change of car after my transmission problem
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/autom...urn_trans.html

heres a link to a complaining page lol you see what i see right? yeah saturn seems to have transmission problem all over their car
well i didnt wanted to by a civic cause everyone got that
and I told myself why don't you tune your saturn? you'll be the only guy with a tuned one all over the region

and the project seems quite nice to me so i am seeking some help on how should i tune it...my friends is a mechanic and he helped me with so much things yet...since i'm not that good in mechanic.

So the only question that i've got against the project is: Does it worth it? and what if my trans break again?

so what do you think guys?
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:41 AM   #2
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Bc you have an Auto, some will say its not worth it. Its like having a SOHC to try and tune.

However I have an Auto in the '97 and have added some things and will continue to add to it. You need to start by looking at the stickies in this section. They tell you and give you links for different mods you should do. Your budget will determine which aspect of the car you want to improve. Either looks, handling, or power.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:03 AM   #3
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You could also look into the possibility of doing some mods and when the transmission breaks again, do the 5 spd swap and then you will have more fun once completed.
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A lot of the comments on that site are funny. I'd say the majority of the comments pertaining to the S-Series transmission problems are due to poor maintenence. While I service my automatics more often than the owners manual recommends, most dont even follow the manufactuers suggestions. If their transmission craps out. Too bad for them. Should of spend the $20 on a filter and fluid when they were supposed to.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:50 PM   #5
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thx for all the answer guys

I now see 2 option

first one: i swap my trans first and i start tuning the engine (because thats i want to do the most wanna add a turbo/supercharger in my saturn)

or second: tune it and swap it if it break again
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:58 PM   #6
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From the linked page:
* Number of reports specific to the S-Series - didn't count exactly, but about 2/3 of total reports
* Number of reports mentioning frequency of oil changes (of course, TOTALLY irrelevant to transmission performance) - 2
* Number of reports mentioning "extended warranty" (implying that the tranny should last as long as the warranty without the recommended fluid/filter changes) 4-5
* Number of reports mentioning non-existent/fantasy parts/services - at least 2-3 ("cleaned the transmission", "transmission pump")
* Number of reports mentioning having consulted the owner's manual - ZERO
* Number of reports mentioning frequency of tranny fluid/filter changes - ZERO

The closest thing to an early problem, which STILL could have been from improper maintenance, is one car with 33,000 miles on it.

An automatic DOHC is more tune-worthy than any SOHC. But a 5-speed swap will help further.
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To start off your fun I think it comes down to your budget and which would be more budget friendly: to swap now or later. Honestly, as much as I LOVE my 5 spd, I would stick with the auto for now and do some simple mods and wait for a deal to drop in your lap (pertaining to a decently priced tranny and install deal, if you don't do it yourself). For example:

exhaust
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as well as other worth while mods.
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Just a few general thoughts:

-It sounds like you got your auto working ok again. I wouldn't worry about changing it until you just plain want a manual tranny, or it gives you problems again. At that point, do the manual swap yourself. If you can't do a manual swap, you don't really have any business messing with boosting a Saturn.

-A boosted Saturn does not make a good daily driver. It will break. If you don't have a backup car, don't boost the Saturn.

-As 97sleeper said, a lot depends on your budget. A pieced together "budget" turbo setup will probably run you $1,500-$2,000. A "good" setup will run you more.

-Don't get discouraged by the above, these cars can be a LOT of fun. They're lightweight, zippy, and handle well. Try not to get ahead of yourself, and read a lot.
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I remember lowsaturn saying how a car with a turbo spends more time on jack stands than on the ground
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:23 PM   #10
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ok i ended up with the idea to simply not add a turbo in it :P since it will probably cost much money

but indeed i stick with the idea of putting an exhaust and a downpipe to it and get a new air intake

thats it for now

and i already have the audio system

got 2 speaker sony xplode in front and 2 piooner in back
and i have a 1000 w amp with two 600 w sub (piooner 10")

and if it runs great ill try to get a deal on a body kit
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I remember lowsaturn saying how a car with a turbo spends more time on jack stands than on the ground

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my DDturbosaturn cost near 4000 or so. but it needs a rebuilt motor bad because of running too much fuel to keep from det.
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