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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
#187 of 1418 1996 Saturn (thelmagirl)
Mar 30, 2000 (8:33 pm)
Thanks, Dave. The fact that the nearest
Saturn dealer is an hour and 15 min. away
is an issue, as is the fact that I can't
drive a standard very well. And other
people I have asked are very suspicious
of the low price tag. I plan to take it
to a local mechanic -- he can't get it on
the lift today, but he said he'd look
it over. Thanks again.
#188 of 1418 just be careful
Mar 31, 2000 (8:51 am)
Big purchases are nothing to rush. Make sure it's just what you want before getting it. The worst thing is to say "well, I could have..." IF it's in good shape, it's a great car for $4250, though. Big IF. I have a '96 as well, (an sl2, however) and I'll be crushed if this is all they are going for now.
#189 of 1418 Re: just be careful
Mar 31, 2000 (4:52 pm)
I wouldn't let my 95 SL2 go for less than 8K! The two good sources of pricing information are Kelly Blue Book (www.kbb.com) and this site. Of course, those prices have lots of qualifications, or what I call "adjusters."
#190 of 1418 to thelmagirl re 96 SL
Apr 01, 2000 (3:48 am)
I take it that the mechanic you're taking the car to is one you know to be good and will give you an honest answer about the car. If you're not sure how to use the pricing system in edmunds or kellybluebook send the info to the townhall site,
mileage, options on the vehicle, how you think the interior looks ( worn to nearly new looking) especially the pedals( worn pedals and low mileage is fishy) how much tread on tires, how the engine sounds, all equipment works properly etc . Somebody here will run it through the pricing system and see how it comes out. 4250 seems like a low price even for upstate NY. Double checked your post and yopu gave the mileage of 96k average mileage would be around 60k so the seller is deducting for high mileage but not sure right now if they deducted right amount.
#191 of 1418 97 SL2 Oil use
Apr 02, 2000 (4:53 pm)
I have experienced what I would call excessive oil consumption in my 1997 Saturn SL2. Has anyone else seen this in a Saturn? At 47,000 miles, I would not expect there to be a major engine problem.
Apr 02, 2000 (5:54 pm)
Comes up a lot on the newsgroup. It seems like either the tolerances on the rings are not that good or something. The good news is it probably will not get much worse, and it probably won't have any adverse effects. The bad news is you will have to check the oil once every 2 weeks os so and keep a quart around to top it off. Mine burns a quart every 3k miles or so and has for quite some time now, and the above is what i do. Really the cost of a quart of oil a month is not going to hurt anyone, but it is a pain to check and add..
#193 of 1418 Saturn SL2 oil usage
Apr 02, 2000 (10:10 pm)
I have a 1996 SL2 that was experiencing excessive oil usage at 77000 miles. My Saturn dealer did documentation of this (took one week and two oil checks by them) and then they scheduled a complete engine rebuild job that was covered in full by my extended warranty. This also included the use of a rental car for the duration of the repairs which took 3 days. So far at 83000 miles my car is running fine and using no oil. Good luck.
#194 of 1418 No oil burning here.
Apr 03, 2000 (12:33 am)
I wonder what causes some to burn oil and some to not do so. My 1997 SW2 w/ 54 000 miles burns almost no oil between changes. I use synthetic oil and have done so for the past 33 000 miles or so. My oil change interval at the last change was a bit over 7000 miles, and I think it was a half quart low by the time I changed it. Is it different rings that cause different oil consumption, or is it mere lock o' the draw?
#195 of 1418 '95 SL2...
Apr 03, 2000 (3:25 am)
just wondering if this is a decent deal...it seems to be, since it was through a friend anways...just bought a '95 SL2 fer 3500 w/ 84k, no power windows, but it has air, tinted, new speakers, new tires, brakes and a rear spoiler...it drives pretty well, was well maintained, has no major problems as far as i know...just wondering what to expect to go wrong when it gets around the 100k mark...
one thing i did notice that i didnt notice when i was test driving is the squeak coming from the passanger side dash board, if i even put my hand on it while driving it stops, wondering if i could just put some foam or something in there, or something else, doesnt really matter the radio is always gonna be blaring so i wont hear it 90% of the time...i've seen that some of you guys have noticed this...so i guess it's a common thing and not really something to be worried about when the car gets up in the higher mileage...
things that were a plus, the color the design, gas mileage doesnt seem too bad, considering im coming from an 89 buick regal...reliablilty seems real good, previous owners had oil changes transmission fluid changes often, well before scheduled maintenence due...they recently took it on a few decently sized over 1000 miles trips with no problems, i think that's a plus too...
lemme know whatcha think...
#196 of 1418 No More Saturnboy?
Apr 03, 2000 (5:48 am)
Is Saturnboy such a fanatic that he can't stand to hear any negative comments or owner experiences about Saturns? Does he work for the Saturn marketing department or does he just really believe in that "Saturn family" propaganda? Sorry, but when I buy a car it is for transportation and not to be a part of some bizarre automotive cult.