Hi Everyone!

(this is a second attempt to say 'hi' as my first attempt didn't post)

Sometime in mid 2001 I made the fateful decision to trade in my gas guzzling 89 Toyota 4Runner for a used 99 Saturn SL with manual everything. They didn't have a crank start option so I settled for electric start. I was a sucker and the dealership ripped me off. I ended up paying in interest more than the car was worth. But even so over the next 11 years that car saved me enough in fuel costs to pay for itself TWICE. I was able to get 44 mpg, knowing next to nothing about cars or engines. It burned oil like crazy and still saved me money.

I had that car until February 2013, when I moved to San Francisco where having a car is a liability. I signed it over to my good friend who was getting eaten alive by fuel costs for his gas guzzling truck. He fixed it up a bit and then drove it until a couple of horses decided to jump his moving vehicle. One of them miscalculated. In that contest both horse and car bit the dust. My friend barely survived but is now okay. (He has since bought another Saturn SL1).

Fast forward to now, I'm looking for my own Second Saturn. I know a bit about engines now and plan on getting a late model SC2, rebuilding the engine to solve the oil burning issue, and tweaking it to try to get it 42mpg highway. That's the goal anyway, can I actually get 42mpg? We will see.

So here I am. I will probably have a lot of questions as I proceed.


A little about me:

I currently divide my life between SoCal and San Francisco.

I am recovering accountant turned software developer.

I also ride a motorcycle, a suped up Kawasaki KLR650. By suped up I mean it gets 43bhp instead of the stock 38hp. Yeah, it's a monster.

I have a few plans for my SC2-to-be

  • Rebuild the engine, replace oil-burny pistons with non-oil-burny-pistons as well as all the bearings and such.
  • Convert from automatic to manual
  • Replace the butt-hurty stock driver seat with a butt-comfy aftermarket seat
  • Remove the rear seats to reduce weight (I don't ever carry more than one passenger)
  • Swap out the stock suspension parts with better aftermarket parts
  • Try to increase steering angle
  • Install a deep-cycle battery so I can use my car as a power source while camping.
  • Replace the stock wheel bearings with better ones
  • Install front/side lips and a rear diffuser to reduce flow detachment (rear vacuum)
  • Install side-mirror skirts to (try to) disrupt flow detachment around the mirrors