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Old 10-14-2008, 01:50 AM   #1
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Attention 2003 Ion 3 engine swap

OK here is the deal, I have a stock 2003 Ion 3 with a 2.2 Ecotec engine and auto trans, a friend is offering me his 2006 Cobalt 2.0 ecotec engine with Supercharger with only 30,000 on the motor, what I want to know from you guy's who have done engine swaps, can this be done with out a lot of problems and if so can the stock tranny handle the new power?

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you can run the power through these trannies but I would at least put synthetic (royal purple) fluid in it to reduce temps, you would need the ECU and under-hood wiring harness, other than that it's a bolt-in engine. Anyone know if the BCM would play along with no problems?
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for the information but I thought this was the place that had all the expert Saturn people, I thought for sure I would have gotten a ton more information from people who have done this type of engine swap like how there car performed or any other types of problems I might run into, I guess I was wrong.


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most ion owners get a new car if they want more HP, or just turbo or SC the 2.2, it's a lot cheaper to make a 2.2 do 300HP than to swap out the 2.0 SC
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:51 PM   #5
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heck, you can almost buy a used Boxter for all the money you'd waste going that route....and you'd have a reliable car. I thought this was the place where smart people came to look for answers...
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plus, why wouldn't you just swap cars, not just engines. Unless you get the ECU, harness, and engine for around $1000, it's pointless to even think about what you've proposed, a new crate 2.0 ready to run is only ~$3000-$5000 so with 30,000 miles on the engine in only 2 years (very hard on an engine) it's worth considerably less.

"but I thought this was the place that had all the expert Saturn people, I thought for sure I would have gotten a ton more information from people who have done this type of engine swap like how there car performed or any other types of problems I might run into, I guess I was wrong."

We are experts on saturns, and if you would read my post, I told you exactly what to look out for you need the appropriate harness, ECU, and possibly a BCM reflash or a new BCM. You also might want to look out for your mouth resulting in you getting no more help from this forum.
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