I've only been on this site a short time so figured I'd introduce myself and perchance gain some insight into optional upgrades to my first Chevy.
I'm a 55 yr old father of 3 living in Ontario Canada. My DYI attitude appeared with my first dirt bike - a 74cc mish-mash of Kawasaki, Honda and whatever else could be slung to it. I've owned 6 motorcycles and over a dozen cars. always doing my utmost to keep them from professional mechanics - early on, not so much to my benefit.
I've done just about all that can be done to a car except an engine rebuild and that I've done on a bike. So I have a good level of experience and not much intimidates me.
So, to present day...A few months ago, I bought a '99 Chevy Malibu for $450. The body has one large issue around the gas filler cap but otherwise is in really good shape (it was till some dickless p.o.* scraped 2 parallel lines, back to front last Feb).
I've had to replace the brakes (rotors, pads, shoes and some line) and the serpentine belt. Normal maintenance stuff like oil, oil & air filters, brake fluid etc were also performed.
I still have to replace plugs & wires, an O2 sensor and do body work.
What I'm ultimately interested in is what possible, inexpensive mods can I make to this 3.1L V6 to improve performance and/or gas mileage.
at this pint, I'm really more interested in improving performance - not that this car has issues, far from it but...hey...I want to go FASTER!
This car was owned by someone'* Grandfather then handed to his Grandson for 1 year at college then passed to the folks I got it from for 2 yrs.
It performs amazingly well. With no intent, I often come off a green light with wheel spin - no, not a little 'chirp' like a Toyota Tercel....wheel spin.
So, all that said....what can I do for more horses and what will it cost?