May 09, 2007

I'm Still Living that Roger Taylor Lifestyle.

And it's unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Just in love with that car. And with that 2.4.

Much better than the 1.9 in my Saturn SL2, which could at least climb hills at a steady, reasonable pace.

Fairly close, actually, to Attila the Hub's V6 in an engine that—stock—was 2.2, but became gosh-knows-what when they put the extra
cylinders in it. [Would a real car person step in, please, and spare me from further embarrassment?]

I like the fact that I ride high in this trucklet, and yet while I'm cruizin' along the car looks up at me with puppy-dog eyes and says, "faster, please." I pat it on the dashboard, and then look up to discover that I'm doing 80 without even thinking about it.

Naturally, at that point I say "heavens to Betsy," and slow down . . . if I'm in the mood, or if there are CHP cars malingering on that stretch of freeway.

Posted by Attila Girl at May 9, 2007 01:25 AM | TrackBack

The 2000-2005 Saturn L-Series offered a dohc, 24 valve V6 (3.0L)/183( engine that produced 182 hp and 190 pound-feet of torque(@5600 rpm). The curb weight of the sedan was 2910 lbs.

Posted by: Darrell at May 9, 2007 08:37 AM

2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser--

Base:dohc I4 2.4L /148(, 150hp, torque.

Turbocharged dohc I4 2.4L /148( 220hp, torque.

Posted by: Darrell at May 9, 2007 08:51 AM

But mine isn't the turbo. I mean, it would say it was if it were. And it would be on the bill of sale if it were a turbo. I think.

So why do I feel that it's every bit as powerful as the husband's LS? Does it have to do with that distinction of which engines are "peaky" and which are not?

Very mysterious. I swear, I'm almost willing to learn the physics of engines to explain it.

I wonder whether it's the fact that it's so high off the gound, which leads my mind to overcompensate for this vs. the low-riding Saturn.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 9, 2007 01:03 PM

No "2.4 Turbo" on the tach faceplate? You'll find the turbo connected to the exhaust manifold(the place below the spark plugs where the exhaust gases leave the engine on the way to the catalytic converter and the muffler), which should be visible with the hood open. It'll look something like a half of a 2 pound coffee can. See it?

You are not imagining things. There is speed, and there is the perception of speed. Sometimes it's as simple as there being less noise insulation in a car. Weight is not a factor because the two cars are pretty close there. Whatever it is, enjoy it! You have it and that's all that matters. Be happy!

Posted by: Darrell at May 9, 2007 07:59 PM

Nothing on the tachometer.I think I'm just a naive kid from a small town, who's impressed with all this "acceleration" business.

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 9, 2007 10:35 PM

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