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You are in the Saturn S-Series
What is this discussion about?
Saturn S-Series, Sedan
May 30, 2000 (5:16 am)
I move that we rename this topic "Autophilia Hubris - The Rise and Fall of Saturnboy"
And now for a Saturn car question. My SW2 has
56 000 miles on it. Is there some major service or investment in new parts that I ought to do that is not mentioned in the owner's manual? For example, when do I put new struts on? The Book says nothing on that matter. Also, as my car is a 1997, I am curious to hear from anyone with high mileage experience with this engine. Can I easily expect an engine life well in excess of 200 000 miles? What stuff will begin breaking as I approach the almost 100 000 mile mark? Thermostats? Tach cables? Just curious.
May 30, 2000 (2:44 pm)
Actually, posting private e-mail is pretty damn childish and petty while you're at it. People don't need permession to send an e-mail to someone. And you're threatening to send him a lot of stuff? C'mon.
clary: I have 90K miles on mine ( a '96 ) and have as of yet just done book maintenence. Everything seems to be in solid working order ( knock on wood ). Every other car of mine has needed substantial work by this point ( escort, tercel, VW passat, saab 900 ) so i'm pretty pleased about that.
May 30, 2000 (8:20 pm)
I, on the other hand had to have substantial work on my 95 SL 2 at 80,000. And have not had to do the same kind of work on my other cars. If it's running OK stick with the book maintenance. You might want to have your compression checked. This is one area that Saturn motors have had issues.
#301 of 1419 Major x,000 mile maintenance
May 30, 2000 (8:43 pm)
Judging from my past experience with other cars, do not expect to have to replace anything particular "first." ken1776, you suggest compression check and I have been advised by people who like to stick to the subject of this forum to have other things (like decarbonization)done, which are items not suggested in the Saturn book. I usually keep listening to any unusual sounds or behavior developing on the car and then do the checking accordingly.
And, my question: I have had a lot of problems that were taken care of during the warranty period (transmission, front end alignment, instruments, battery). Since then, the head gasket leaked but nothing else seems to misbehave. Has anyone been involved with a car like that - what should I expect to fail, or what should I do to protect the car? My '95 SL2 is now approaching 50K miles.
#302 of 1419 clary re maintenance
May 30, 2000 (10:09 pm)
Struts do take longer to wear out than the shocks used to. Their life depends on type of roads you travel on the majority of time. Gravel roads are hardest on any suspension part thus lower life span of the strut. The old tried and true jounce test will show which strut is not working properly. As far as the engine, with regular oil and filter changes every 3000 miles I'm hoping to get 150,000 miles on it before I replace the car.
May 31, 2000 (5:35 am)
What is the jounce test?
#304 of 1419 "German Engineering"
May 31, 2000 (1:33 pm)
The "jounce Test" was a suspension test perfected by the late DR. Siegfried Jounce a respected automotive engineer that worked for Borgward GMBH for many years. It is a test to determine the performance of automotive suspension systems. Put in layman's terms the car is "drop tested" by pushing it off a 100 foot tower. If it "jounces" (German for bounce)it passes. If the suspension collapses then it's back to the drawing board. Dr. Jounce was killed doing one of these tests. It seems he forgot to exit the car before it became airbourne. Too bad, he was in line for a big job at Porsche.
May 31, 2000 (7:15 pm)
I was suspicious of post 318 as soon as I read Dr. Jounce's last name. My suspicians were confirmed as I read the part about the 100 foot tower. Floridian, that is the funniest post I've ever read.
Someone please explain what the Jounce test really is. I think it has to do with how many times a car bounces when you go over a bump or when you push down on the car above a particular wheel.
#306 of 1419 additional maintenance
May 31, 2000 (7:25 pm)
I think it's a good idea to replace the battery around 50K miles. You might also want to replace belts and hoses around this time too if they have any cracks. An ounce of prevention...
Jun 01, 2000 (3:59 am)
You obviously didn't get the jist of my message, so I will explain my point a little more clearly to you. Wouldn't you be ticked if someone clicked on your profile, saw you provided an email address and decided that because they didn't like you or your comments, to send you a nasty little stupid email? I think you would! No, someone does not need permission per say as it is posted clearly, but most people would ask if it was ok to email or the person would say clearly that "if you have further questions, please feel free to email me". I did not post my email address to listen to some lunatic bashing me outside of the forum I am involved with. It is there so people who I WANT to converse with can get in contact with me. He took this forum too seriously by doing what he did. Lastly, I did not threaten to send him emails, I just posted the email address to allow others to do the job for me If you think that is petty, fine. But my point in doing that was to let him know that I did not take kindly to what he did and would let everyone else know about his actions. It was also done to scare him. Kind of like disciplining a child, lol. So, now do you understand the point surrounding my post?