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    What engine?

    First of all I'd like to say that this is quite some time away

    As some of you may know, I'm becoming increasingly depressed by the amount of people around me who have turbos - the Regal meet a few months ago was what started it all off.

    Anyway, since never going through with an XE conversion for my nova I feel that I owe it to myself to do an engine swap. (well, I say myself but it'll be me as dogsbody plus some fools who are willing to help!)

    There are a few things I've thought of; I could either go the turbo route, V6 route or throttle body route (although that's not strictly and engine swap).

    Here's what I'm thinking:

    Turbo: I'd want a Z20LET really so I could keep my car in the right time period. By all accounts they seem to be great engines, hugey tunable, they look good and they're relatively easy to get into an astra.

    V6: This is probably what I'd like the most, I absolutely love the V6 sound and whilst I'd imagine they're quite a bit heavier and I know they're a bitch to fit I think they look lovely. It's also in keeping with my philosophy of staying Vauxhall but fitting stuff that doesnt usually go on an astra hatch. Also if I had a V6 engine, and my MV6 wheels I could badge my car as an MV6 which I think would be quite subtle and sexy.

    TBs: Then there's throttle bodies, not really sure about how good these are on Ecotecs but I'd imagine I'd get a nice power increase. The thing that worries me is the noise, I know V6s are loud but at low revs they can be bareable, I think I'd get annoyed by TBs when driving around town etc.

    So what do people think then? Like I say, this wont be for a VERY long time but I just thought I'd start a meaningful thread for a change!

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    I would opt for the Z20LET, OK the wiring at the moment is a headache, but many people are starting to get a reliable solution to this.

    It will drop straight into your SRi and will be just as easy to plumb in.

    This is the option I would go for.

    Alternativly, Courtenay offer a turbo conversion for the 2.0 Ecotec which may be cheaper and less hassle than an engine transplant.

    Hope this helps.

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    Hmm interestnig, what sort of power does the courtney kit offer and how much are we talking?

    Also, how does it look, I want something that's gunna look sexy too!

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    Nova Merit: 2000-2003 // Irmschered Astra SRi: 2003-2005 // Leon Cupra R: 2005 - 2006 // Linea Rossa Convertible Turbo: 2006-2008 // BMW 840Ci: 2008 - 2012

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    The Courtenay conversion of the normal engine looks prety much the same as a factory Z20LET and costs about £3700 and produces about 215bhp.

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    tbs everytime mate, you know you want that hevenly sound.
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    You want a 3.0 V6 250bhp from the Vectra Gsi .

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    Vauxhall/MSD did a small number of ST3000s I seem to remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjflat
    [b] (well, I say myself but it'll be me as dogsbody plus some fools who are willing to help!)
    Quote Originally Posted by Manch
    You want a 3.0 V6 250bhp from the Vectra Gsi .
    im not fitting that
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    With the way you have put it Steve I like the sound of the V6

    V6: This is probably what I'd like the most, I absolutely love the V6 sound and whilst I'd imagine they're quite a bit heavier and I know they're a bitch to fit I think they look lovely. It's also in keeping with my philosophy of staying Vauxhall but fitting stuff that doesnt usually go on an astra hatch. Also if I had a V6 engine, and my MV6 wheels I could badge my car as an MV6 which I think would be quite subtle and sexy.
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    Must say even though I have a turbo, the V6 option does sound appealing from your perspective mate , and MV6 badges would be quite appropriate

    V6's sound luuurvely as well if you get the right exhaust, its just a cost issue though, I bet it costs loads to get a V6 in there

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