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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:28 pm 
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I am looking at a 1999 Chevy Metro that has a 1.3 4cyl 5speed that is very tired(almost dead). I would like to swap in a 1.0 3cyl and corresponding 5speed transmission. Is this possible and what parts are required besides the engine and transmission? Anyone done this and what problems may occur? Thanks Chris


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:28 pm 
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engine, fuel pump, engine harness, ecu, trans shift stabilizer rod, axles, possibly body harness, possibly drill frame for trans mount on frame rail, trans if you want the correct final drive for the 3 cyl. the car wont be able to get out of its own way with the 1.3 trans.


in other words.....pretty much everything will need to be changed except for the actual body of the car


as i posted in your other thread. the 98+ 1.3 will do 40+ mpg average and 45+ hwy. do you REALLY want pathetically slow acceleration capability, trouble climbing hills, passing semis, etc for 3-5mpg gain?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:00 pm 
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sounds like a hassle.....I will hold out for my 3cyl 5 speed then!! :) thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:42 pm 
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The pre 95 3 cyl cars are good, but if you're thinking about the 95+ body style, go with the 4 cylinder. The MPG hit is minimal, and the power difference is substantial.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:58 pm 
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great advice on the newer body style engine types.

i've had a number of the mk4/5 cars. the 3 bangers are okay for buzzing around town but, in my opinion, the sweet spot is a 99 or 2000 3 door with the g13 sohc 16v engine. good fuel efficiency and very good performance. :wink:

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