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    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

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    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)
    Wanted Thread (None)

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    Bummer

    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.
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    What a shame lol. I would have probably paid the trade in value to get it
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    Wow that is awesome! I had no idea that even existed!

    Side note Craig check you PM's


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    Dang
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    40 something saturns.. oh who fraking counts anymore

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    #BecauseLowasscostpermiledatprius
    Quote Originally Posted by Donnie View Post
    I see a failboat, steaming full speed on an ocean of failsauce into a barrier reef of lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by BC. Livewire View Post
    if you hate seeing money going down the drane

    than do not turbo your car !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Dammit.. prius why!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by importsdontlikeme View Post
    Wow that is awesome! I had no idea that even existed!

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    Ditto - I never knew about this amazing vehicle. RIP Saturn TDI.


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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, 97 SW1 -- all stick. Wagon hoarder.

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