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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
Apr 29, 2001 (3:40 pm)
I have experience replacing power window motors, regulators and flexi-racks in two different LeBarons I have owned. It is a MAJOR P.I.T.A. to do. Anyway, yesterday, my 1991 Saturn SL2's
drivers window failed, in the down position, of course. It already had partially stripped gear teeth, but now the motor is dead.
So.... I have to drill out frozen screw heads to get the panel off. I FINALLY get the partially damaged panel off and I find out you have to take the outer skin of the door off to get to the regulator!!! But the star screws for the skin won't budge!!! So I think, "well let me look at the switches in the console." There is no visible or easy way to get the switch module out, so my friend and I take apart the console to get the module out. We find out I could have pried it out with a screwdriver with a little damage.
Anyway, we take apart the switch module for a look and all these little metal and plastic parts start falling into crevices in the car! After we accidently rolled another window down.
I don't think there was anything wrong with the switches anyway. I should stop complaining about my Chrysler, it was easier and the switch wasn't made up of all little fly away parts.
Now I'm trying to put the console back together and it does not want to comply. As I'm trying to reassemble it, more parts are jamming, or falling out! So now, I have two windows down, parts of a console sticking up and a mess of a door. And my LeBaron (my original P.O.S.) needs a fuel pump!
So.... some advice, before, you start to try to fix power windows on a Saturn.
DON'T !!!!!!! Unless you know how.
Anybody want a 1991 SL2 93,000 miles
on Long Island, runs well, needs you to get it fixed, I give up!!!
Apr 30, 2001 (9:07 am)
I took the doors of my SL2 apart to install speakers. I would NOT advise that anyone do this unless you already know how. If a part inside the door broke, i would smile and have the dealer do it. It's very hard to access much of the inside mechanics, and it's also hard to reassemble it properly.
#677 of 1419 Doors, doors----------Horrors !!
Apr 30, 2001 (4:23 pm)
Tinker-toy door pieces parts. So much for LOW cost of ownership eh ?
May 10, 2001 (1:59 pm)
Does anyone know what would make my Saturn ping? It did it around 88k due to a bad coolant temp. sensor, which I replaced. Its started doing it again, and that sensor is OK. I know I could use premium gas, but I'd rather fix the problem than just cover it up with that. It's a '93 SL1 with 166,000 on the odo, and still runs great except for the pinging, and I still get about 35mpg in the city leadfooting it with some a/c use. Thanks for any info!!
#679 of 1419 Mines doin it @ only 36K------------
May 10, 2001 (3:49 pm)
93saturnsl1: My 1998 has begun to do that too. Since it's goung back to the lessor (good riddence)I don't plan to do anything about it tho. From past experience it is most likely a bad EGR valve. Not real expensive to fix tho.
#680 of 1419 My First Saturn (Here's Hoping)
May 17, 2001 (5:00 pm)
So,I bought myself a Saturn (and so far, no buyers remorse)!
I owned a 1993 Ford Escort that has done well for me for the past five years, with nearly 100 thousand miles on the clock. I was going to keep it a while longer, but the automatic seat belt system broke on the drivers side, leaving me without a shoulder belt. I was given an estimate of 500 dollars to fix it! Forget it, I thought. It was time to buy a new car. I was going to buy a Ford Focus, but the Ford dealer didn't seem to want to deal with me (their loss). I checked out the competition--Civic, Corolla, Prism, Protege and Sentra. OK, but a bit on the boring side for me. On the way home, I decided to stop by my local Saturn dealer. Two hours later (with little BS), I drove away in a 2000 SL1 and got 25-hundred dollars for my Escort. I love the car; it's quiet (though a bit noisy when revved up); handles well (it has larger tires and wheels) and is comfortable. The car was owned by a couple who traded it in after 12-thousand miles for the larger L series. (It still has the balance of the factory warranty; I was pushed into buying an extended warranty but I've decided to wait for now.)
I will check back in the months and (hopefully) years to come to let you know about the "Saturn Experience". One thing I was very pleased about: My new car will cost the same to insure as my old Escort did, thanks to its safety features. Believe me, peace of mind lets me sleep a little better as I make those payments for the next five years!
#681 of 1419 Buying a Saturn
May 20, 2001 (8:58 am)
I am going tomorrow to buy a 2001 SC1 coupe and I wanted to get some feed back has anyone purchased a 2001 and what do you think. What was you finally price and did you get the optional package on there?
May 20, 2001 (9:16 am)
Can be due to carbon build-up in the pistons.
Supposedly the best additive is techron. Chevron markets it and pits it in their gas, though i don't know how much. I use chevron gas, and i have never had carbon build-up.
Revign the engine high blows ther carbon out as well. As a frequent visitor to mr. redline, that's likely another reason i never have carbon build up.
May 22, 2001 (7:16 pm)
Congrats on your SL1. I have a 94 SL2 with 105 on it and it runs like new, the ride is a little harsh but it is a compact car. Don't bother with the extended warranty. For the money (what a grand or more) it is not worth it just to extend the warranty for another two years. Just absolutley change the oil/filter every 3k miles and your Saturn will run for a very long time.
#684 of 1419 93 SL1 Still going strong!!
May 27, 2001 (12:56 pm)
I own a 93 Saturn SL1 that was bought new. It only has 60,000 miles on it and it still runs fine. Sure it doesn't have much power, but you know what, it's an inexpensive compact car. I've read so many posts by people complaining about how cheap it's made, how flimsy it is... please give me a break! If you wanted a top-line, no-problem vehicle, it doesn't exist. As for orangelebaron, you really shouldn't have taken apart your car. Just because you've had experience doing it on other vehicles, they are not all alike. Now you want to sell a car you messed up. Funny. For those of you thinking about a Saturn, I say do it. It may no be the absolute best vehicle out there, but for the money and service, you can't go wrong with Saturn... just my two cents