The Saturn TDI is no more...
On Tuesday, January 10th, after eight years and over 100k miles of service, the Saturn TDI was officially retired. Over the weekend it was discovered that the car was sitting atop a terminal amount of oil. Without the time or means to diagnose (let alone fix) the issue my father decided that the car had exceeded its useful lifespan. That Sunday a deal was struck up for a 2012 Toyota Prius C and a few days later, with the oil topped off and a few extra quarts on hand, the Saturn TDI took to the road one last time. The dealership selling the Prius accepted what remained of the car as a trade-in.
The Saturn TDI achieved an all time high of 72.3 MPG.
Build Thread: TDIClub - Saturn TDI Conversion
1995 Saturn SL2
1997 Volkswagen AHU Turbo Diesel
1997 Volkswagen 02A/CHA 5-Speed Transaxle
Modified Saturn S-Series Engine Cradle
Custom Drivetrain Mounts
Hybrid Axles (Volkswagen Inner/Saturn Outer)
TDI ECU & Wiring Harness
Rocket Chip Stage 2 Chip
Dakota Digital Signal Converters (Speedometer/Tachometer)
Adapted Volkswagen Passat Shifter
Front Mount Intercooler (Modified Saab Item)
Secondary Thermostat (Modified Renault Alliance Item)
Secondary Trunk Mounted Battery
Sachs VR6 Clutch
Exterior Mirror Delete (Custom Inboard Mirrors)
Forward Mounted Headlights
Lower Grill Blockoff
Smooth Wheel Covers
Under-Nose Belly Pan
'94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
'95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
'95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)
The Detail Junky Build
"Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."
For Sale Thread
(Current Items: 9-Bolt Head, 9-Bolt Timing Cover, 5-Bolt Timing Cover)
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The only professionally, competently and thoughtfully completed engine swapped S car was traded in for a prius.
Thats def the worst news I have heard all year
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This is an iconic car. It'll be interesting to see where it ends up when the dealer sells or disposes of it. Maybe it will turn up again.
1999 SL2 MT (236K km, 10-2016 to present)
2001 SL1 MT (400K km, 10-2008 to present)
1993 SW2 AT (03-2000 to 04-2010)
2001 LW200 MT (06-2001 to 01-2005)
1992 SL2 MT (06-1992 to 09-1997)
What a shame lol. I would have probably paid the trade in value to get it
2003 BMW e46
1997 Saturn SC2 Turbocharged - Build Thread
1998 Ford Ranger
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Originally Posted by Donnie
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Dammit.. prius why!!!
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Buy it, Build it, Drive it, Break it, Fix it
Ditto - I never knew about this amazing vehicle. RIP Saturn TDI.
Originally Posted by importsdontlikeme
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Sorry to hear this. I remember happening upon your build a number of year ago when I was having some unproductive thoughts along the lines if "I wonder if anyone ever did a diesel swap"... I remember seeing the fabrication you guys were doing and thinking to myself "This thing is engineered!"
Anyway, well done, and the build thread should hopefully serve as inspiration to others.
93 SW1, 95 SW2, 98 SW2, 98 SW1 -- all stick. Wagon hoarder.