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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
#203 of 1418 Used 1996 Saturn SL
Apr 04, 2000 (3:29 pm)
Thanks for all the good advice. The dealer
started backpedalling when I went back to see
him again the next day -- so I was really
nervous. He said his mechanic saw it as
a valve cover leak, and he said he took it
to a local dealer (chevys) and their
mechanic didn't find a head gasket leak
either. So, he said, he'd get with *my*
mechanic and see what was the story. Well,
I checked back with my mechanic and he'd
not heard from the dealer. So, I have
left things on hold while I work on some
loan issues. The mechanic is someone I
trust, and he has no vested interest in
me buying this vehicle or not. He did
say it would be a great deal if, in fact,
the dealer fixed the loose front bumper
and the head gasket. Well, I only have
so much to spend, and I am going with
caution. I doubt I can find another
Saturn for a price I cn afford.
Thanks again, everyone!
Karin at Wells
Apr 05, 2000 (8:20 pm)
How did your dashboard work go?
Apr 06, 2000 (8:45 pm)
I heeded your warning about how hard it was, and just pushed it in a little and put foam tape in the gap. Took a few seconds, problem solved, can't see it.
#206 of 1418 thelmagirl #205
Apr 06, 2000 (10:35 pm)
Is the Saturn you're looking at being sold by a used car dealer and not from a Saturn dealer? When I was buying my saturn, the salesman let it slip either accidentally or on purpose but they wholesale some Saturns that come back in as trades. Another thought, have them do a dye test, if it is a valve cover gasket as they say, will see dye showing from where the leak begins. Only problem, if they do the test might be able to manipulate the result so that it appears to be coming from the valve cover. If it is from the head, it will show up quite low on the engine block. Does your mechanic feel that the dealer that is selling the saturn is honest?
Apr 06, 2000 (10:37 pm)
Poor salesman that would get involved with another customer while you are test driving a car. was he the only salesman?
#208 of 1418 New cars are better
Apr 07, 2000 (9:44 pm)
Our '95 SL2 is a fairly good car, but I have some gripes about it:
-seats are German-like: hard with lots of side bolstering, uncomfortable on long trips
-only one cupholder with ashtray in place
-while radio is good it has confusing controls and the controls for our A/C is cheap
-materials are GM-cheap, but reliability and fit and finish is good for an American econobox
-trunk not the best in the world
-rear seat is not a nice place to be
-high noise levels from wind, engine, and tires; but, hey, last car was Nissan
-styling sharp in front but bland in rear, and Cd is a below-average 0.34
These may seem like a lot of complaints, but just make sure to buy the much better 2000 S-Series and the great L-Series.
#209 of 1418 to floridian
Apr 08, 2000 (6:34 pm)
Sorry about taking so long to get back to you, but so far mine doesn't squeak or groan as far as the interior plastic panels, console or dash. Hope this is not what I have to look forward to as car gets more miles on it. Have 23k on it now and at next oil change switching to synthetic oil for type of driving I do.
#210 of 1418 saturn exposed
Apr 11, 2000 (7:01 am)
Has anyone checked out the website www.saturnexposed.com? Many owners have written in to share their ownership experiences. The posts start out with things like..."My Red Saturn From Hell"...."I Rue the Day I Bought My Saturn SL2"..."My 14,000 dollar mistake"...etc. All posts cite Saturn's complete disregard for their customers
Apr 11, 2000 (1:23 pm)
The guy who runs the site is a quack! I heard that Saturn offered the guy a new car and he refused it, instead opting to bash the company. Probably along the same line as the guy who runs a similar BMW site.
Apr 11, 2000 (5:24 pm)
I just checked the site and the article in Columbia Herald that Mr Wright (bash site owner) was pleased to quote as his publicity catch. It is indeed a hate site which is not indicative of my Saturn experience at all.
Indeed, Saturn IS a different kind of company. I have had a lot of headaches with my 95 SL2 and did meet some incompetence at the dealer - but overall, I was always treated with respect and warmth. (except on two occasions - but that was sorted out OK)
Contrast that with Mitsubishi, Lexus, and some Nissan dealerships who think they are the boss and powerhouse of knowledge about everything in life and make you feel like an intruder. (Note: this is my experience - and for you legal types - I could be totally wrong and admit it up front)