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Old 03-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello from greasemonkeywithaSATURN.

hello! I am new to forums in general but anytime I "google" something it seems to lead me to this site so i figured I would join and learn how to use it. about me I am a 26 yo mechanic at a truck dealership so I at least have some wrenching skills and common sence,but lack in spelling so bare with me on that one.. I just retired the best car I ever owned, my 94 saturn sl1, 5 speed, with manuel steering, (37-42mpgs) due to rust issues and picked up a 2002 saturn sl2 1.9 dohc with an automatic, I know I will not pull the awsome fuel numbers my last saturn got but I needed an automatic so my girlfriend could drive it when needed without toasting my clutch.. lol. my goal is to mod my car to get the best fuel economy wile keeping the looks pretty much stock. so far I have only tuned it up and ran 2 tanks of fuel through it and got 34.5mpg on the 2nd tank.. so far i think i am not doing to bad. the future mods i have planned are to remove the A/C, lower the car about 1.5", install the racing disc full moon hubcaps.. pretty much i am just looking for suggestions for mods to keep it looking stock but increse economy.. (I already know that adjusting the loose nut behind the wheel is #1)lol. any help or suggestions on how to better my mpgs and how to best use this site would be great.

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Old 03-05-2012, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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greasemonkeywithaSATURN -

Welcome to EM! I think this thread is right up your alley :


He also wants OEM-looking aero-MPG goodness.


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Old 03-05-2012, 01:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum greasemonkey.

So... too bad about the old Saturn.

Too bad about the automatic in the new Saturn! But yay for not burning out clutches and keeping your gf happy. (Probably a safer option too, if she's the type to burn out clutches.)

As for suggestions, have you gone through the 65+ modifications list? 65+ Vehicle modifications for better fuel economy - EcoModder.com

Also: highly recommend getting a fuel economy computer (ScanGauge or equivalent) to help you with the driving side of things. Even if you're decently dialed in on your technique now, it will still help. (And it makes it more of a game!)
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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2nd saturn - '02 saturn sl2
90 day: 38.79 mpg (US)

the best $100 ever spent - '94 saturn sl1

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Thanks for the help and fast replys.

Cfg83 - thanks for the link, there is soo much info on this site its hard for me to find exactly what I was looking for and you pointed it out.

MetroMPG - I do miss my 5 speed stripped saturn .. the worst part is in the next coupld weeks I am gonna part it out and keep all the goodies like the manuel rack n pinion for my next gen 1 saturn someday. And I do plan on eventually getting one of them fuel economy computers, I have been playing around with my old snap on brick scanner and the data steam to try to improve my habbits but that's bulky and shows too much info I don't need.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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