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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
#1000 of 1419 Exhaust problems with Saturn 2000 SL2
Oct 03, 2002 (7:08 am)
At 20,000 miles the engine noise increased substantially and the dealer replaced the muffler under the warranty. They stated that they are starting to see a few SL2's with a slight crack in the muffler. Now I have almost 40,000 miles and the engine is again louder than before. I suspect a new muffler is again needed. Since I exceeded my 36,000 mile warranty I guess I must foot the bill. Even the extended warranties do not cover the exhaust system or catalytic converter. Has anyone else experienced similar exhaust problems?
#1001 of 1419 You're in luck
Oct 03, 2002 (8:18 am)
Your exhaust system is covered for 75,000 miles or 5 years including the cat. Check your warrenty section of your owners manual to verify this. I may be slightly off here...
If you think the OEM is garbage you can always go to a muffler shop and for 100 bucks get a different muffler put on.
Oct 12, 2002 (1:14 pm)
hi everyone i just bought a 1997 saturn sl2 for 4000 it has 101000 miles on it i paid 3900 is this a good car any info much appriaciated
Oct 13, 2002 (5:24 am)
Despite what some people may tell you here (for most people only post issues when they are problems) Saturn's S Series line of cars have been rated above average in consumer reports for years, scored well in initial quality according to JD Power & Associates back in the 96-98 model years.
As to your particular SL2, I cannot say if it is a great Saturn compared to an average one. I have some questions. Did you purchase this SL2 from a dealer/ big dealership or small? or did you buy it from an individual? Did you have a carfax check done on the vehicle to check for accident/flood damage? Do you have any or all of the SL2's original maintenance records ?
Is it automatic or stick ? Did you check the cars value on kellybluebook.com ? I checked a 97 SL2 with 101,000 miles/ 5 speed/ air/cd which came out to be worth $ 3850.00 in a private party sale.
My Saturn experience has been decent. I had a 1998 SL which I put 30,000 miles on before I traded in for a 2001 SL1, which currently has near 12,000 miles. My 98 SL's only problems were a failed computer control module at 18,000 miles, and my 01 SL1 has had the rotors resurfaced recently. Otherwise, they have been great cars. Good luck ..
Oct 15, 2002 (2:55 pm)
I went to see the new ION on Sunday. No sales people around so I had a chance to look and not be bothered. But I do have a question. The doors? Are they steel? They didn't feel like the front and rear fenders. If that's the case, how come? Did I miss something? I always thought the reason Saturn maintain such a new look is because of the Polymer body. I know the L series does not have Polymer doors, but why change the ION to steel? Otherwise, I like the look and will definitely take one out for a test drive.
Oct 15, 2002 (7:08 pm)
L-series have polymer doors as do the IONs.
Oct 16, 2002 (1:42 pm)
The L Series front fenders, and door panels are polymer, only the rear quarter panels near the back of the L are steel for saftey reason.
The ION, is completely polymer except the hood/roof/trunk lid. Starting at $ 11,995 for a base ION with one of the most powerful engines in its class, industry firsts like electronic steering, make the ION a great buy imo. I think you'll walk away impressed.
Nov 08, 2002 (3:22 pm)
The S Series room is probably quiet due to the fact that S Series cars are no longer being produced in favor of the more powerful, more refined, ION. Get Ionized.
Nov 11, 2002 (1:34 pm)
This time if I need another oil burner ....I will get a diesel