I have considered this mod. Have read this thread before. I like the look. Getting heat out of the engine bay is a good thing, in whatever part of the country you live in. It's your car, and if data provided by you the owner says that the engine bay is cooler, then heat is removed, weather it be 120 in shade in stop and go, or out on the track for few hot sessions. How many other high priced cars, stock or race versions that have vents that work? Viper, Vette, Lambo, Nascar, F1, take your pick. If you wanted to go step farther, IMO you could as a "part replacement panel", have operational vents, controlled flaps, by electric/vac/manual to adjust the flow. Some sort of actuator, power window antenna modified, 1/4 open, 1/2 open, full open depending on your driving enviroment. I am considering alittle of both. Part vent, part turn signal. Some air flow, some safety. Two mods in one. Adding a screen/mesh stainless and or paint the panel the color of your choice. The top hood vents are in this same train of thought, letting heat out of the engine bay. Water getting in, is the problem. I did that mod on a 1974 Formula Firebird. Ram air scoops. Lets in cooler air to engine bay. Small screen for the bugs & trash, and a thin piece of rubber with slits cut into it for water screen. Worked good. Will it hurt or help? I am leaning towards the help side. If you do this mod, and don't like it, or have problems, battery, ecu, or other, than close them back off. Cutting out the plastic is not that big of a deal. Finishing it off to look factory installed is how you the owner judge what the factory "should" have done. Mine is this, Open vent, with controlable flap, with turn signal. That's how I would have done it. I'm not Saturn though, they had a different idea for it back when they where trying to market the SKY. With a N/A model there is less heat in the engine bay. NO Turbo heat. For us RL owners lot more heat. For me, cooler is better. Inside a/c better be ice cold on hot day. Same for my beer. Same thing in the engine bay. 10-15 degree difference could save a turbo a few extra spools. Transmission would or might be cooler too. Extra benefit there. Some owners want to keep their cars all stock. Nothing wrong with that. Once your warranty is up, it won't matter weather is still all stock or modded out to max. You can still fix anything at the dealers, but your going to pay, with no warranty coverage. Some owners are all mods on this model. That's cool too. It's your car. Not the factory, not the dealership's, not the BANK's. Yours, as in do what you want with it. If it breaks, that's your problem too.
Last edited by LAC Sky; 08-20-2013 at 10:13 AM.