This is just one of the many cases of too much power in a FWD car. It was so hard to get traction, but it all worked out on the 4th try.
The Saturn Aura:
The Saturn Aura was introduced in 2005 for the 2006 model year to replace the Saturn L-Series. Saturn had never intended to use the Aura Concept name for production, but the name ended up sticking as a result of its popularity. The Aura's design was produced under several different names including the Fiat Croma, the Cadillac BLS, the Chevrolet Malibu, the Pontiac G6, the Opel Insignia, the Opel Signum, and the Opel Vectra, Saab 9-3. The Aura marked the first time since the 70's that GM's German division Opel had products sold in the United States. The XR trim of the Aura utilized the concept's 252 hp 3.6 L V6. The XE trim made use of a 3.5 L V6 which makes 219 hp. An eco minded trim named the Greenline uses a hybrid 164 hp 2.4 L I4. The Aura was discontinued after the 2009 model year due to the Saturn division's termination by GM.
Limit Pushing - SRT8 Jeep Grand Cherokee 0-60 Test
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8:
The Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1983 by AMC as a successor to the
Jeep Cherokee XJ. It was badged by Chrysler's Jeep brand in 1989. In 1993,
after a release delay, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was made available to the
public. Over the years the Grand Cherokee has seen 4 generations: the ZJ,
the WJ, WK, and the WK2. An SRT version of the Grand Cherokee was
introduced in 2005. The original SRT Jeep was powered by a 420 hp SRT8 6.1
L Hemi engine and included Brembo brakes, dual performance Exhaust, a sportier suspension set-up which
allows the Jeep to hold 0.92 g on a skid-pad, a Mercedes-Benz 5-speed
transmission, and a specially designed AWD system. The SRT8 Jeep is known
as the fastest accelerating vehicle in the SRT8 lineup with 0-60 times
recorded as low as 4.6 seconds. The SRT8 Jeep can achieve a top speed of
170 mph since its speed is ungoverned.
Limit Pushing - Turbo LS2 GTO Base Line Dyno Test
We're back! Sorry to keep you all waiting, but life has been a bit busy.
Our turbo LS2 GTO has been around for a
while now running on a simple street tune. We will get a more efficient
tune on the Dyno soon,
but until then, we wanted to see what kind of numbers it could put down.
Turns out it makes quite a bit over stock, but there will be more to come.
Our more expert audience will most likely notice the odd power curve. This
is a result of the timing being pulled to promote the longevity of the
engine before a Dyno
tune could be performed.
The Pontiac GTO:
The Pontiac GTO was built by Pontiac Division of General Motors in the
United States from 1964 to 1974, and by GM subsidiary Holden in Australia
from 2004 to 2006 as the Holden Monaro. It is considered to be one of the
most innovative classic muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. The GTO came at
a time when General Motors had banned the divisions from involvement in
auto racing. At the time, Pontiac's marketing was heavily based on
performance. This change in GM's policy forced Pontiac to turn its
attention to street performance.
The GTO was born from a redesign of the Tempest which was to be called the
"Super Tempest" with the larger 6.4 L Pontiac V8 engine from the full-sized
Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville in place of the standard 5.3 L Tempest V8.
The big-engine Tempest was badged the GTO for "Gran Turismo Omologato"
after the Ferrari 250 GTO. The GTO escaped the violation of GM policy by
becoming an option package for the Pontiac Tempest LeMans. The GTO package
had sold 10,000 units before the beginning of 1964 followed by total sales
of 32,450 GTOs. 75,342 were sold by 1965. This optional $ 296 package
included a 6.4 L V8 that produced 348 hp with a single Carter AFB
four-barrel carburetor and dual Exhaust, chromed valve covers and air cleaner, 7
blade clutch fan, a floor-shifted three-speed manual transmission with
Hurst shifter, stiffer springs, larger diameter front sway bar, wider
wheels with 7.50 x 14 redline tires, hood scoops, and GTO badges. The
original GTO's was clocked about 5.6 seconds for the 0--60 test and a
standing quarter mile time of 14.8 seconds.
As time went on, sales increased to almost 100,000 GTOs a year. Pontiac
pushed for the GTO to be called the "GTO Tiger" in advertising, but it
eventually became known in the youth market as the "Goat." The late 60's
saw the creation of the ram air engines and the birth of the Judge. Power
increased over the 60's from 348 hp to 375 hp in the best ram air
applications. The best equipped GTOs could get from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds
and perform a standing quarter mile in 11.5 seconds.
As the 70's rolled in, sales of the GTO plummeted. By 1973 GTO sales were
down to 4,806 cars and the energy crisis was beginning to emerge. In 1974
Pontiac moved the GTO option to the compact Pontiac Ventura, also known as
the Chevrolet Nova. This was done in an effort to become part of the
compact muscle market which already included the Plymouth Duster 360, Ford
Maverick Grabber and AMC Hornet X. The 1974 GTO was tested a with the
four-speed transmission and achieved a 0-60 time of 7.7 seconds and a
quarter mile at 15.72 seconds. Sales improved in 74 to over 7,000 cars, but
1974 would be the last model year for the original GTO.
In 1999, the Detroit Auto Show beheld a GTO concept car. The 1999 concept
was never produced but in 2004 Pontiac re-launched the GTO under the
Holden Monoro platform. The new GTO was equipped with the Corvette's 350 hp
LS1 engine in 2004 and the 400 hp LS2 engine for 2005 and 2006 with a
choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. The GTO was
sold in the UK as the Vauxhall Monaro and in the Middle East as a Chevrolet
Lumina SS. The new GTO was never as popular in the U.S. due to the styling
which was obviously not aimed towards GTO heritage or the car's performance
(even with GM's frantic decision to add sporty hood scoops), and GM's
failure to use a traditional American built car. The 2005 and 2006 models
were virtually the same mechanically. Both made good use of the 400 hp LS2
engine and could go from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and could execute a standing
quarter mile in 13 seconds. The 2006 model drew the GTO to a close once
again with the end of GM's 3 year GTO revival plan.
Limit Pushing - 2011 Expedition Top Speed Test
Finally ending Ford's reign over the Limit Pushing Channel is the top speed
of the new Expedition. We have read reports that this thing can top 135
mph...limiter removed...so we knew the limiter must be set low. Please
don't shoot the messenger. This is as fast as it goes with the limiter on.
The Ford Expedition:
The Ford Expedition was introduced in 1997 as a replacement to the Bronco.
It was previously slotted between the smaller Ford Explorer and the larger
Ford Excursion, but as of the 2005, it is Ford's largest SUV. It is the
second Ford to use the Expedition name, as it was part of the Explorer
Sport's trim models in 1995. The Expedition offers up to eight passengers'
seating and a V8 engine, similar to the Lincoln Navigator. Over 1,500,000
Expeditions have been sold since its introduction.
The second generation Ford Expedition was introduced in 2002 for the 2003
model year and featured an all-new 4-wheel independent suspension with
"hydroformed" fully boxed frame that was 70 percent stiffer. The all-new
rear suspension was multi-link independent and reduced rear unsprung weight
by 110 pounds, improving the suspension's wheel travel and its ability to
track uneven terrain or road surfaces for improved control and ride
quality. The Second generation was powered by a 5.4 liter Triton engine
which produced 260 hp and 365 ft-lbs of torque. The Expedition had an
available heavy-duty trailer tow package for a best in class trailer towing
capability of 8,900 lbs.
Limit Pushing - Volvo S60 Top Speed Test
This is the AMERICAN spec. The EUROPEAN spec is faster.
Back for the summer. I thought I might as well start things off with
something other than the usual 0-60 tests, and this Volvo really did
impress me with its acceleration. So it's back for a Top Speed Test.
The S60 was the first Volvo to leave behind the 80's and 90's boxy design.
Built on the P2 platform, the S60, along with many other models, followed
much smoother contour lines than previous models. The S60 was at first
powered by a 247 hp 2.3 liter turbo 5
cylinder engine but was then upgraded to 2.4 liters increasing the power by
ten horses. In 2003 the S60 R was introduced with a Haldex AWD system,
Brembo brakes, a 296 hp I5 engine and a 6 speed transmission. The S60
utilized a suspension system called Four-C which upon selected could adjust
the car's electronically controlled shock absorbers to Comfort, Sport, or
Advanced while adjusting up to 500 times a second keeping the car level on
2007 Saturn Aura
This is segment three from The Fuel Show 11/19/06. The team review the
2007 Saturn Aura
Tiburon GT vs. Scion tC vs. Aura XR
Went to meet a guy to sell him something and decided to setup a run. He's
been wanting to run his 07 Scion tC (160hp) against mah Tibbay (172hp) for
a while now. I told a another buddy of mine and he wanted to bring out his
new DD to hav fun; an 07 Saturn Aura XR (254hp), very nice car.
All 3 cars are bone-to-tha-muthafkn-stock as can be. Hopefully I'll be able
to mod the Tib in the near future though. In case you can't tell from the
vid the Aura stays even with me from a 25mph roll (I pull 1/2 car a head
when we do a 30mph) and then pulls me by 1/2-1 car above 90mph. I also beat
the tC in every scenario, even the last one where I had a bad launch. Enjoy
the video (and yes that song was put in there for shits and grins cuz these
aren't 800hp Supras racing so they don't deserve cool music).
Saturn 1991-1999 1.9L Clutch Hydraulic System
We're replacing the clutch master and slave cylinder on a 1999 Saturn. 1st
we remove and replace the master and slave cylinder then I show a prefilled
clutch hydraulic release system to service this Saturn with.
Review: 2007 Saturn Aura
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos.
During the next few years, a flood of new models will be arriving in Saturn
showrooms equipped with stylish European design, sporty driving dynamics,
and value-laden price tags. The gorgeous Sky roadster was the first of this
new breed, and now, something a bit more practical, the 2007 Aura sedan.
Saturn SL2 Valve Cover Gasket Replacement (DOHC)
This is a long one, Sorry, but it pretty much goes through the step by step
and shows some of my mistakes so you don't make them.
Also, verify that the gasket fits. If you have the time then I would
suggest bringing the valve cover in with you(assuming you bought it from a
local parts store) and make sure it fits before leaving. I must have gotten
one from a bad batch because the first one was too big. You will see that
in the video. The second try was the right(ish) one. apparently it is a
known problem that the molding process is incorrect for these gaskets but
luckily they are rubber so you can just remold it to fit.
Also a word of caution: at some point you may see me use carburetor cleaner
on the plastic valve cover. DO NOT use carburetor cleaner on the plastic.
The main ingredient is Acetone(which I also use to clean) and it has the
ability to melt the plastic. Use another solvent that is friendly to
plastics like mineral spirits.
Good Luck and Hope this helps you save some money. Spent about $60 total
doing this in tools and parts.
Note: I am not a mechanic, these videos are meant to be for informational
purposes only. Should you follow the steps shown you do so at your own
2009 Saturn Aura Review - Kelley Blue Book
FOR PRICING & SPECS ON THIS CAR VISIT:
Saturn Aura. The Saturn Aura sedan points to a new direction for not only
the Saturn brand, but for General Motors. Like the Saturn SKY roadster that
preceded it, the Aura demonstrates that General Motors is putting renewed
emphasis on its passenger cars to fend off the ferocious competition of the
import nameplates. With some key help from GMs European operations, the
Aura is significantly more refined inside, outside and on the road than its
GM cousins. And it matches up well against such top competitors as the
Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Saturn Aura.
While Saturn is putting more excitement into its cars, it has committed to
maintaining its popular "no haggle" pricing policy. For more new car
reviews, interviews and automotive news visit http://www.kbb.com today.
Saturn L-Series - Automatic Transmission Fluid Change
Procedure for changing the ATF in Saturn L-Series vehicles that have a GM
oil drain pan (no drain bolt). This procedure will work for all 2000-2005
L-Series Saturns. L-Series includes LS1, LW1, LS2, LW2, L200, L300, LW200,
I take no responsibility or liability for this information. If you decide
to do this procedure please proceed at your own risk. I am not a mechanic,
this video is only to document my own repairs on my vehicles.