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?'s for 3.2L auto owners

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So I've been housesitting for my sister for the past week. I've driven her 03' auto quite a bit the last few days and I've noticed alot more about the car then the previous times I've driven it.

My question is about burnouts and hard launches. When I floor it from a stop, it doesn't really get any power until about 4000 rpm and it won't chirp the tires.
Then if I try to brake-launch, the computer only allows me to rev to 2000 rpm and I still don't have enough power to chirp the tires from a launch. I even filled the tires to 34 lbs each and still nothing. Is this normal? For a sport sedan, I'd really love to be able to chirp the tires, even if she doesn't have a stick. I know it's only 220 hp, but still....
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DDS rollin a CTS said:
I also have the 3.2L with an auto tranny and have noticed the same thing. Have you made sure to turn off the traction control (button is in the glove box)? This usually doesnt seem to be needed except when punching the gas in a tight turn or under careless throttle application on wet pavement, but it could be getting in your way a little bit. I recently installed the "TonyA ram-air intake" and found it definately gives me more response in the low rpms. Until you perform this mod or replace the stock airbox with the Volant as others have done, you dont realize just how much the engine is bogging down especially below 4000 rpm. The engine will be a bit louder in this range though, so your sister will definately notice if youre thinking about "upgrading" her car without her approval :devil:.

Now that I've made an effort to be helpful, all the 3.6L owners are gonna come in and bash on our "inferior" engine. :thepan:

*EDIT* - my bad AznPrydeRegalRyde, I wrote this without even looking at your name, sorry for sounding like I'm talking to a noob :hide:.
No worries. Yeah, the TC was off, along with Stabilitrak. Tires to a crisp 35 lbs. I'm gonna have to convince her to get the Volant. It really is bogged down. Maybe she'll even get a Borla or Corsa exhuast. :) I love the way it sounds tho, at 4000 rpm. It's almost like theres a 2nd throttle body opening or something like that. I'm glad I have the 3.6, but I wouldn't complain about this engine. It pulls good from a roll and its getting better mileage then I normally do. The 3.6L guys may be a little cocky, but with a stick, and from a roll, I have a hard time believe the 3.6 will really pull on it. It's a shame theres no aftermarket for it, tho.
TripleOught said:
i squaked the tires from a light the other day with my 3.2. i meant to take off quick (car of hot chicks next to me) but i didn't intend to nail it. i do have the volant on, and i've noticed the acceleration is definitely better in the low end torque. i know EXACTLY what you mean about hitting it, getting a little pull, then all the sudden it pulls like a mad-man around 4000 rpms and gives you a "launching" feeling. saaaaay, i've got a k&n for sale...but i have a feeling siss wouldn't like that...
No sis wouldn't like that at all. She doesn't know that I'm driving hers right now, even tho my CTS is in the driveway. ;)

When you took off quick, did you brake-torque at all, or just give it full throttle from a stop?

Sorry, I just really wanna squeel the tires, while their my sisters tires. :)
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