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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
Apr 19, 2003 (12:46 pm)
I agree with the idea of getting a SL2 for the extra 24 ponies for your highway driving. I had a 1995 SL2 and a 1999 SL2 with no problems from either. In 1998, Saturn did some engine work, so you should be okay with the years you are looking at. Neither of my past Saturns leaked or burned oil--maybe I just got lucky! My opinion is going to be biased (since I'm on my 3rd Saturn, a 2003 Ion), but I think a used SL2 is a good idea.
#1072 of 1419 92 SC Coupe hesitation problems at low speeds
Apr 20, 2003 (3:23 pm)
We have a 92 SC Coupe that was purchased a few years ago for the college kids. At low speeds, we get a hesitation (Around 1.5k - 2k rpm) that goes away as you speed up. We have taken it to the dealer who has replaced the plugs, plug wires and ignition module (where the plug wires plug into by the engine housing) with no improvement. Any other ideas out there to solve this? I have tried several tanks with fuel injector cleaner, changed the PCV valve, etc... the battery is new. One posting mentioned about spraying an intake manifold cleaner into the engine by taking off the air clearner housing.
Any insights would be appreciated.
Apr 20, 2003 (3:43 pm)
Do a web search and find the saturnfans website they have a very strong technical forum and you will get good solutions for your problem
Apr 21, 2003 (11:18 am)
Looking at a 1996 SC 2 with 61,ooo miles. Car looks to be in great shape. Cn anyone give any insight as to potential problems or positive experiences with this or similar models. immediate respowill be highly and greatly appreciated.
Apr 21, 2003 (1:48 pm)
Questions, is the car a one owner car? does it come with maintenance records? If yes to one or both of these questions and your're in good shape (especially if it was serviced by a Saturn retailer.
I have only owned S Series cars second generation and later (1998 SL/ 2001 SL1) both with no problems. A "few" first generation Saturns, may have oil consumption problems (but most do not affect the cars normal operation) despite what some may tell you.
The best thing you can do with any used car before you buy it is do a car fax history report to start with, www.carfax.com , check to make sure the price is fair , www.kbb.com and take it to a Saturn retailer.. for 50 bucks or so they can tell you right off the bat what may be needed if anything.. good luck..
#1076 of 1419 re: 92 Sc coupe hesitation
Apr 22, 2003 (7:27 am)
Have you had the EGR valve checked? It could cause hesitation problems.
#1077 of 1419 1996 SC2 - plus something on hesitation
Apr 24, 2003 (9:57 pm)
I've had my 1996 SC2 since fall 1995. I hardly ever drive, so the car only has 42K miles. I had no maintenance issues until this year. Since January I've had to get a new cam, a new motor mount, and a new coolant temp sensor.
Nonetheless, I've been pretty satisfied with this car for the seven-and-a-half years that I've owned it. Even this year's maintenance bills have all been cheaper than the depreciation on a new car would have been.
I may have something useful to say about hesitation. When the coolant temp sensor was going bad the needle would be all the way at cold and car would idle high. When driven from a dead stop when the sensor was off the car would hesitate (nearly stall, actually). Apparently the bad reading caused the car to mix a bad ratio of fuel to air, and giving it gas would nearly stop combustion. Over 10 mph everything was fine. With a new sensor it's running fine again.
#1078 of 1419 2000 sl1 purchase
Apr 26, 2003 (2:57 pm)
I purchased 2000 sl1 with 58k miles on it with all the options except moonroof for $4500. The seller gave it for the price that carmax offered him. The blue book value is over $6000. The car looks great inside out. The braking system is not very effetive. Is it a known problem or does it just need some service. The pickup is a little low which again seems normal for this model. I am not sure about its hp ratings. Can someone out there let me know if it was a wise decision to buy it? What are the known problems in this model if any..?
Apr 27, 2003 (5:30 am)
As far as the braking system, this could be something to have checked but I can tell you the brakes on my last Saturn (2001 SL1) were very soft and required alot of pressure on the brake pedal for effective stops. My rotors warped around 8-10,000 miles.
I thought power was simply ok, but I had a five speed manual ( is yours auto box ) that will cut down on any power the single over head cam engine has. The SL and SL1 have an 8 valve engine with 100 horsepower. Moving up to an SL2 would afford you a 16 valve engine with 124 horsepower (big difference).
It sounds like a great deal thou, a three year old car for less than $ 5,000.00 that looks new. The SL/SL1/SL2 have proven engines that typically last a long time, other than my brake issues I never had a problem with my 2001 SL1 nor my 1998 SL. I hope my 2003 L300 will be close in terms of reliability.
#1080 of 1419 My 02Saturn Sl1 gas tank did not come with any dividers inside it
Apr 27, 2003 (8:23 pm)
OK everyone, hear this one. My Saturn has less than 7,000 miles on it. I've had it since last October 2002. My gas tank makes clunking noise in it because the tank didn't come with any dividers inside it. My Saturn dealer said there's nothing they can do about it because they said it was the manufacturer's plants fault. All they said was to give the Saturn corp. a call and talk to them. Go figure....What's a big corporation gonna do for one little guy's complaint. I only know of one other person who has this problem. He paid cash for his 02 L-Series Wagon. Anyone else out there or any advice?