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Old 06-17-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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I was wondering...

I have a 2000 Sport (auto) with only 30k miles and I have an '03 X (manual) with 70k on her. The '03 has tons more pep and acceleration, it's night and day! Why? They both have well maintained 6cyls.(I do understand the auto v manual may be a factor, but not this wide of a gap) They both run phenomenally, so it's not an issue of bad cylinders or mechanical defect... and no, the parking brake isn't on.

Also... what is the diff between a Sport and an X as far as drivetrain/suspension etc... is it silly things like cruise/air/rims or more substantial items?


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Old 06-17-2009, 09:04 AM   #2
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The auto is gonna be a three or four speed not sure which and the manual is gonna be a 5 or six speed.

Meaning more gears for the manual, so a lower first gear, better torque etc.

The x model is basically an SE with a 6 cyl. I think the sport adds slight "pretty" changes. I think it was an option to get both with the D44.

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Old 06-17-2009, 09:10 AM   #3
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Same tire size on both?

gear ratio in the axle
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:25 AM   #4
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'00 has 15 inch rims, the '03 has 16 inch, but the tires are almost same size...

The '03 just has more "motorpower", as in "torque and giddyup"!

I may want to "fix" the '00 with headers and exhaust, free-er flowing air system, etc... I don't mind that she's a mellow ride, I don't expect 11 second Qtrs! She runs perfect, but sometimes going up looong highway hills I would like to know I have passing power like the 03 has, just for safety reasons.

If you had a Sport and an X which one would you spend the time and $$ to slightly build up? Why?
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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The 2000 is a 3 speed and has 3.07s. If it had 3.73s, you'd be complaining about the '03.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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... great info! Thanks all. Is this 3.07 easily changed to the more revered 3.73s? I am very mechanically inclined (worked on catapults and arresting gear on aircraft carriers), but have never done this particular type of "fix"... If it's not a home job is it reasonable $$ to have done?

(I still may header and exhaust her just because she deserves it...)

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