:lol: I'm going to keep that one and post it everytime I see the "h" :lol: Also... the Mazda 6 comes with a manual trans and a duratec. Just an FYI.Originally posted by biteableniles@May 24 2004, 12:52 AM
Dunno, pal. Even if you could find a comparable vehicle to the Taurus that had a manual that would bolt up to the Duratec, there'd probably be a ton of money going towards the install. I bet the increase in gas mileage would NEVER make up for the money that would go towards the swap. You'd actually save more money by buying a smaller car like an Escort that already has a manual and getting ~40mpg (friend's highway miles on his 95 Escort, 100k without any problems, bought at 90k for 2500).
Just to be a bastard...
Yes, the Mazda's have a beefier version of the duratec, putting out around 220 hp IIRC. I'm not sure about the transmission bolting up or not, but I do know that finding one of them would probably be difficult since the car has only been out for about a year or so.Originally posted by madness_spirit@May 24 2004, 09:17 PM
Mazda 6 has a duratec? have any idea if theirs is similar to the ones inside the gen 3 taurus and sable? After going to school and working in a shop for a while I do feel I am mechanically inclined enough though that if it was possible, that I would not have to spend thousands on a mechanics labor, so I doubt there would be a great cost, aside from parts. And considering how these ax4s transmissions act I feel like I am in for a transmission rebuild or replacement pretty soon anyways, considering how much it is slipping right now.
Not just any heads, the SVT 2.5L heads for higher compressionOriginally posted by madness_spirit@May 26 2004, 08:20 PM
Just found out that the pulleys on a 96-98 duratec get in the way, but for some reason 99 fits perfectly. Well I got a perfectly good engine anyways so no sense in changing that out. Guess I will start looking into 2.5 duratec heads and I suppose I will have to settle for a shift kit.
I disagree 110% with that.Originally posted by RAMdrd@May 28 2004, 02:58 PM
Even though it's not a consideration, gas mileage is not particularly better with a manual than an A/T.
What are you talking about? It's the older cars that DON'T have a lockup converter.Originally posted by madness_spirit@May 30 2004, 12:04 PM
Unless you have one of those old cars with a lockup converter, your transmission will never spin at the full speed of your engine.