I just found out today that the starter is under the intake manifold. What a revelation. I suppose this was engineered for space considerations?! I cut my teeth working on and rebuilding small block chevys. I lost interest when that hobby became work. This N* has rekindled my interest in engines again. I have replaced my share of bendix drives and starter motors and I would never have dreamed of looking under the intake. I guess I am dating myself, but I certainly enjoy the performance of my N* STS more I'm sure than I would working on it. Sorry, I just had to vent.