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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-24-2001, 05:48 PM
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Engine Recommendation

1988 Samurai

The price of gas in Canada keeps on going up and up. I would like to get a more economical engine for my Sammy. I figure that anything I get will have more power than my current stock 1.3. I was wondering if you guys could make suggestions on what to look for? I would like to keep the tranny and just buy some sort of exosting adapter to fit it into the new engine.
Is this a good idea or am I just looking at alot of headaches and work?

Thanks guys...

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-24-2001, 10:08 PM
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Re: Engine Recommendation

It is not the 1.3 that is not economical. It is the shape of the Samurai. I think about the only thing that would increase your fuel milage would be to go diesel. From past experience with a VW diesel in South Dakota, it did not like the cold.

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Yeah, I have to agree with Farther, the Samurai does have the aerodynamics of a cardboard box. To be honest I thought the 1.3L actually got pretty good gas mileage. I was getting around 27-29 mpg before I performed my SPOA and 31" tires. After that I was still getting about 23-25 mpg.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2001, 09:01 AM
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The only engine conversion I've heard of that got better fuel mileage than a 1.3 is a VW diesel conversion. I imagine that it would take a very long time to recoup the costs of the conversion though.

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