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Turn the key nothing, the lights come on though. I can get it to start if someone cross connects the starter while I turn the key. My car was in the shop last week $220. - they put in a new key tumbler and gave me the key free, but they didn't fix the problem. I'm not a mechanic. Appreciate any help. :) Julie
What is the part number or where can I get retaining clip that holds shift cable to the transmission??? Have a 1998 saturn and it's missing and I can not find one....
Sounds like the shift cable end broke at the base of the shifter the inside cable end really common on that car.First go under the hood where the shift cables hook make sure the retaining clip is holding the cables in place on the transmission.Then make sure the clips are holding the cable ends on the shift arms on the transmission.If all is good then pull the center console out and ... Read More
I couldn't find any other threads that addressed my problem, so here goes: I was on my way to the store earlier today. Started the car, put in reverse, backed out, no problem---just like anyother day. Put in first gear then started rolling. As I neared the RPM to shift to second, the gearbox was wobbly (which was strange), put it into second, then I had to downshift. It felt wierd. ... Read More
I changed the starter (finally got a new one-still had original one---2001 model) and changed the ignition switch. So far, so good. My car has not abandoned me. It came out to about $245.00 through my wonderful mechanic. Saturn wanted close to $800.00 for the repairs. Through Saturn there is a bulletin on this problem. What happens is that there is a problem with the solenoid in the ignition switch that ... Read More
I have exactly the fault on our Saturn 2000 SL1 my manual gave me some good tips to help find the problem. There are four basic parts the 30 Amp fuse under the bonnet, the key, the switch behind the key on the columb, the soleniod and starter. Run a wire (15 amp capacity) from the "S" terminal on the soleniod up to the battery terminals (do not connect). Run the ... Read More
Did you ever have any luck with this? I have what sounds like the same problem. 2001 SC1 ran fine, then the battery died from sitting unused in the summer heat for a month. Replaced the battery, everything cranks but it's like the fuel pump is shut off. Tried the passlock reset 10 minute procedure - no luck. Btw, how do you know if Passlock is engaged - does the engine ... Read More
I had the same problem a few months ago. I have 2001 SL1. My crankshaft sensor went bad. It might be worth to check on that. Good luck.
Hey nshore. Did you find the problem to the issue you posted about the instrument panel being basically dead? I have a 2001 saturn sl1 and have the exact same issue. In fact, I drove it for approximately 20 more miles when I noticed the dash issue and then it died. It will turn over but just won't start. I'm stummped as to what it could be. Would be really interesed ... Read More
You didnt indicate what year Saturn you have. I have a 2001 Saturn SL (manual tranny) with 177,000 miles on it. :) This is just what I did with my car as an example. It may be time to replace the ignition solenoid. I had problems starting my saturn and replaced the solenoid and (just because) put in a new starter, my car now starts! You might also want to check ... Read More
I'm not very good at vehicle repair and no very little. I have a 2001 Saturn S-Series car. I noticed the last few weeks when (clutch) I put the vehicle in neutral it revs up between 2 to 3 RPM. Vehicle sounds very loud. When I go into first gear it works just fine, the RPM drops to about 1 or a little less. I get NO error on my dash ... Read More
I have a 2001 Saturn SC2 with 316,000 miles. Runs and looks great. When it rains and I drive it I discovered the passenger side floor is soaking wet. When the car sits during rains the passenger side is dry. I've taken it to an auto glass dealer and they couldn't find any leaks using water hosed accross the windshield and sunroof and windows. Where could this leak be coming from? ... Read More
Assuming car runs fine when you are moving and driving with foot on gas, the matter does appear to be idle. Having a problem for first 30 mins tells me the car must've warmed up, so issues related to faulty cold idle control does not sound to be the issue. It is warm idle issue. There are special effects with Saturn S if the battery connection is faulty for any reason. ... Read More
My saturn has a problem with idle speed.. It idles about 1100 rpm, sometimes this goes up and down.. Sometime when I come up to a red light or down shift it'll stall out... It was doing this most of the day yesterday, and this morning I went to start it up and it didn't want to start or stay running.. I finally got it started.. It stalled out at every ... Read More
Hey all, my SL1 has ~87,000 miles and is starting to make a lot of noise. No check engine light, doesn't seem to burn oil, drivability is the same as always. By the sounds of it I may have a similar problem to lilbirdy and elyons on page 5, but there wasn't an apparent resolution posted here. So the sound kicks in around 20mph and maxes out around 50mph, and gets ... Read More
I haven't had any bearing problems on my 2001 SC2 (80,000 miles, so far, so good) but had a similar problem some years ago on another front wheel drive vehicle. Are the bearings they're using, original manufacturer's bearings, or some other brand? The seals built into a bearing housing are critical to the life of the bearing; possibly an aftermarket bearing with less than optimum seals might be causing the problem. ... Read More
I have a 2001 SL2 saturn that is pulling the same 410 code you had, when the light is on the car also runs rough and drinks gas like yours did. What did you ever find out to resolve that issue? Mine also says secondary air injection
I have a 2001 Saturn SL sedan. Frequently, I'll take a short drive to the store, the bank, etc. park, turn the car off, come back 15 minutes later, turn the key and nothing happens. The battery is fine, the radio runs, all lights turn on, door locks function, but the car will not turn over. Absolutely nothing happens. I have noticed that it seems to be related to the temperature. ... Read More
I have a 2001 Saturn-74,000 miles just spent $2300.00 on transmission. Warranty expired Jan 2007 or 84,000. miles. WHAT A RIP-OFF This is an on going problem with Saturns but no recall??
I have a 2001 saturn sc1 with about 75000km. Had it since about 50k. Been a very reliable car and has always started in weather colder than -40C except for if you get any snow spun up onto the starter cuz it will melt and once you shut the car off then it freezes solid and your gonna have to thaw it out. Once you do that its fine however and ... Read More
Automatic transmission, 60,000 miles. There is a vibration /whining type noise that seems to be coming from right behind the dash board, but inside the engine compartment. It is intermittent, but increasing in frequency, and occurs upon acceleration and at highway speed but goes away when braking. Any thoughts? My daughter is away at school and taking it into a Saturn dealer tuesday, and they will call me before proceeding. Motor ... Read More
I also have the same problem. I'm in Canada if that makes any of the work harder or easier. I was told by the local Saturn dealer that my off warranty 2001 Saturn SL1 would require the same gasket to fix the problem. They tried selling me a OEM gasket set for over $100, and then said that it would take 7 to 10 hours work to get it in and ... Read More
Need diagnostic assistance. My daughters 2001 SL2 was purchased new and has always been on synthetic oil. It has 109,000 miles on it and is loosing oil. I can find it just inside the tail pipe with a rag but its not smoking or blowing smoke at start-up. I tested the compression per OEM maintenance manuals (I work on everything I own) and it was 105 to 110 at all four ... Read More
Hi - welcome. While you are waiting to hear from some Saturn folks here, you might also want to post this in the Got a Quick, Technical Question? discussion. There are some gearheads hanging out there who may have suggestions. Good luck - hope we can help.
Ok here is the thing.....My service engine light came on. Got the oil changed, it went off. Then it came back on and did not go off. This is when all the problems started. First it started jerking while we were driving. Thought it need injector cleaner. Helped a little. Then the jerking go worse. Thought the oil was low. It was, but only by a quart. Put that in, did ... Read More
i have a 2001 sc2 three door coupe. I bought it off a friend a year ago. I drove this car quite a bit before i bought it and loved it. 40 miles/gal and fun to drive Since I have owned it the air conditioner, key assem, sun roof broke and it has started eating passenger side wheel bearings to the tune of one a month or so. I have had ... Read More
I have a 2001 SC1 and it's been giving me the same problem. It's been idling for 3yrs and each time I take it to the dealer, no can find anything wrong with it. Like you, I can be at a stop light and the idling will start. On October 4, 2005, the gas peddle became stuck! I called the Saturn hot line and was basically told there was nothing they ... Read More
I have a 2001 Saturn SL. It has started making a loud noise when I put it into reverse. It also does it occasionally when I am driving. We have checked all the mounts and the transmission seems to be fine. Anyone that has any ideas let me know.
Does anyone happen to know how to program a new remote without going to the dealer and paying a bunch of money thanks
As far as the braking system, this could be something to have checked but I can tell you the brakes on my last Saturn (2001 SL1) were very soft and required alot of pressure on the brake pedal for effective stops. My rotors warped around 8-10,000 miles. I thought power was simply ok, but I had a five speed manual ( is yours auto box ) that will cut down on ... Read More
Questions, is the car a one owner car? does it come with maintenance records? If yes to one or both of these questions and your're in good shape (especially if it was serviced by a Saturn retailer. I have only owned S Series cars second generation and later (1998 SL/ 2001 SL1) both with no problems. A "few" first generation Saturns, may have oil consumption problems (but most do not affect ... Read More
I'm looking at buying a '98-'01 Saturn (and also Corolla or Sentra) with under 50,000 miles. Can anyone shed some advice about the quality of these cars? I've read about alternators pre-1998 and motor mounts. But any other mechanical issues? How do these drive on the highway? Thanks!
My girl friend leased a new Saturn 2001 SC2 and has had major problems with this vehicle and the Saturn dealer and Saturn motor division. The 1st Problem was the recall for the fuel switch. Shortly after this was fixed the car started leaking antifreeze. I looked for the cause checking the hoses and radiator but could not find the reason for the leak. Since the car had less than 36K ... Read More
The closest thing I can come up with is my 2001 SL1's brake pedel pulsated when I was braking from around 50mph or so, and the steering wheel would shake a bit. The rotors were warped and were resurfaced for free at Saturn. Let me know how everything worked out...
I am on my second Saturn, a 2001 SL1 5 speed. My thoughts as to this individual car are good overall, the gas mileage is good, it received the highest crash test rating for driver an passenger, it is quiet at cruising speeds and does what I need it to do and hasn't given me any major trouble (knock on wood) What I would change? The seats are thin, and can ... Read More
I was thinking of purchasing a 2001 Saturn, automatic, low mileage, 4 door. Only was add in paper today. I know they are suppose to get good gas mileage/ kilometers. Would like some input on vehicle, would be appreciate any comments, good or bad thanks
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 ... Read More
After visiting my dealer today, I was informed that my rotors warped (front)at 11,000 miles. They were resurfaced for free, and I hope to get another 20,000 miles out of them. So, while Im not happy in regards to needing the rotors resurfaced, I understand that things happen. So, Im still looking at the altima, jetta, and now the 2003-4 L Series.
My Saturn experience is as follows, in regards to my 2001 S Series I can say that my 1998 SL had better build quality than my 2001. The 2001 hasn't had any problems except for what I believe is warped brake rotors. It currently has 11,000 miles on the odometer and I am bringing back to Saturn tommarow for a repair (at their expense) or not at all. Rotors warping at ... Read More
My wife's 1996 Sl-1 with 73000 miles died yesterday. Fortunately my 2001 Accord was in the shop for a tune up, so I was with her. The a/c quit working and the temp gauge maxed out. I shut it down, let it cool off and went to get some water & antifreeze. When I opened the reservoir it was gunked up with a mixture of antifreeze and oil. I drove it ... Read More
I bought a used SL1 in 98. It was pretty high miles (50k) for a 2year old car but my regular mechanic checked it out and pronounced it in excellent shape. It had new Firestone FT70's. I just traded it in on 2/9. My wife drove the car to work and back every day in Seattle traffic, plus it got 80% of our weekend use. That includes a 2000 mile round ... Read More
Until the 1998 model year when Saturn redesigned their altenator you could pretty much count on neededing a new one every 60K miles. This is no longer a problem. As for leaking oil - that has never been a problem. Before the 1999 model year "some" Saturns would burn oil. For the vast majority of Saturn owners this oil burning was so slight it didn't affect anything. 1 quart every 3,000 ... Read More
Glad to hear that your Saturn's have proven reliable as my two Saturn's have. (1998 SL)_ (2001 SL1). My aunt bought a 2000 LS1 (thanks to me) and it has been ok except for some minor issues. I can't wait for the VUE and the new Saturn ION.
I am new to the S-Series forum. I usually post on the L-Series. My wife and I own two Saturns. We have a 2001 LW300 and a 94 SL1 that we have owned since new. The SL1 has 106,000 miles on it and has been and continues to be a good car. The only thing we have put into it is regular maintance including a new clutch. We still get 34 ... Read More
Don't qoute me, but I believe the first generation Saturn's (91-95) used conventional antifreeze/coolant. Im not sure when Saturn started using dexcool, but contacting a Saturn retailer, or calling 1 800 554 6000 (Saturn Customer Assistance Center) would be a good start. How much did you get the SL1 for> ? I am thinking of buying a first generation Saturn as an "around town" car in addition to my 2001 SL1. ... Read More
jmatero: Everything you said about the Saturns you looked at is all true true. I had a 1998 SC2 (leased)and it has been ALL downhill for build quality fit/finish ever since. Ditto for all you said about your impression. Dependable, yes. Fun to drive, definately NOOOOOOO. And regardless of what saturn SAYS, these cars are not all that great @ resale either. The lease SC2 I had, had a MSRP (which ... Read More
As some of you may or may not know, there is quite an interesting article in regards to General Motors new reliability ratings, which were pulled up by ( you guessed it) S A T U R N ! General Motors is now in the top three (according to reports) behind Toyota and Honda in inital quality passing Nissan while VW and BMW fell miserably. The article link can be found ... Read More
As some may or may not know, Saturn is offering 0.0% interest, free interest for 60 months on 2001 Saturn's and 2002 models are 0.0% for 36 months. Hopefully this will roll some Saturn's off the lots...
As many of you already know, I leased my second Saturn S Series in may of this year. My SL1 5 speed now has close to 6,000 miles and I have no mechanical problems to report (knock on wood). It has been a great car so far, and as far as wheel vibration goes, at speeds of well over 75mph I haven't experienced any wheel vibration, I too cannot wait till ... Read More
After having my NEW 2001 SL1 in the shop three times in under 4 weeks I was told that Saturn is aware of the problem but did not have a fix at this time, just a lot of ideas, which my dealer tried. They also told me it seemed to be predominately on 5 speed models. I had an automatic for a loaner and took a demo out for an extended ... Read More
I'm a first-time Saturn owner, having purchased a 2001 Saturn SL last November (20,543 miles as of 30 minutes ago), just to tide me over for awhile. I narrowed down my choices between the Saturn SL and the Toyota Corolla and finally went with the Saturn because I didn't like the way the Toyota place handled its business. Sloppy. The Saturn dealership's operation seemed to flow a lot better. Of course, ... Read More
At almost three months old, and 3300 miles, my 2001 SL1 hasn't had any mechanical problems so far... (knock on wood). Compared to my 1998 Saturn SL which I had previously, my 2001 doesn't score as high in the build quality area, but only has minor groans at times. I believe/hope it will be as economical and dependable as my last Saturn, and I must say this one looks much better. ... Read More
Hello, I just leased a 2001 SL1 about five weeks ago as a replacement for an older Saturn model. I must say that in some ways it is much improved over Saturn's before the 1998 model year. My 2001 is quieter, smoother, and has a few more features, plus, the SL1 now has painted bumpers- improving its looks greatly I believe. It already has around 1700 miles on it- been good ... Read More
I was looking at 2001 SC2 fully loaded. Can anyone share their experience about this car. especially the repairs and maintenance, and resale value? What is the recent going prices any thoughts?
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?
I took possession of my 2001 Saturn SL1 last night. So far so good... Needless to say, I had the most pleasant buying experience, EVER!!!! Everyone was very professional and friendly, right down to the service staff, and even the car wash staff!!! What can I say, I think I'm hooked.
Hi everyone, I'm new here and have decided to lease a 2001 Saturn SL1 for 39 months. Does anyone have any opinions regarding this car, and what I can expect? This is my first Saturn and my first new car. I would appreciate any input... Thank you
Is extremely reliable. In the past you would expect to have some or all of the following problems. Altenators - Due to their position behind the engine they tended to get extremely hot. In 1998 Saturn went to a dual fan. Since then there have been very few problems in this area. Engine mounts - Due to a lot of engine vibration you would need a new mount every 50-60K. Since ... Read More
looking for a new car, my jeep started leaking oil again, it's like the exxon valdez. but it is a '73. So I was looking for a new car and was considering a 2001 sc2 with sunroof. My new car has to be reliable and there seem to be some question about longevity. do these cars really last? I would like anyone input.
Time has come to finally get rid of my 98 SL which has served me very well. To keep a story short after test driving the Ford Focus ZTS Toyota Corolla CE Hyundai Elantra Nissan Sentra GXE and the Saturn SL2 I ordered a 2001 Saturn SL2 5 speed with abs/traction control, and cd player. I was very impressed with the power increase over my SL, seemed strong through out the ... Read More
I wanted to post here to put in a good word for Saturn. I have a Pearl 98 SL2 with around 51K miles on it so far. It's taken me across the country multiple times, in hot weather (houston) and cold weather (michigan winter). Have had no problems. Also, the service center I take it to is wonderful, Saturn North in Columbus, Ohio. When I take my car in for scheduled ... Read More
I have a 2001 SL2 Automatic and my gf has a 1992 Sl1 Manual. Other than the oil eating at about 25-50k, what other problems are typical so maybe i can see them ahead of time or she can look for signs of her car becoming older, my car has about 950 miles on it, and hers has about 110,300 miles on it. Any input would be appreciated. Also I have ... Read More
By the way, AFK X may have more specific data then I but Saturn does not make thousands of dollars in profit on compact cars as thought by one ". I'm all for no haggle pricing--just make it a fair price. Thousands of dollars profit is an unreasoble markup on a subcompact car." The 2001 Saturn SL compact is around 400-600 profit, which is below the industry average. See for yourself ... Read More
Many people have looked at and bought the Saturn just for the reason that it has some of the features people that work on their own cars want. I like the idea of a real timing chain, not a belt. Saturn offers free classes given by "Real" mechanics on how to service your Saturn. They even put the fluid replacement receptacle where you can reach them. I don't know how they ... Read More
I must say that it is very nice to see so many happy Saturn owners in here lately. Saturn's core values are trust and respect for the individual, teamwork, and value. I have a 1998 Saturn SL and have only had one warranty repair done in 2 and a half years. My ignition control module was acting up , and apon 30 minutes notice I gave my Saturn retailer, they took ... Read More
Chas If your car is only 6 years young, I would definitly hold on to it for a couple more years. Saturn has made improvements to thier original car line, quieter engines in 1999, better pricing on MSRP, and options for 2001. The SL2's Horsepower rating remains competitive with other current cars. The Saturn S series has not had a major makeover due to lack of investment dollars from GM. Dollars ... Read More
Every so often I drive by the Saturn dealer near me on a Sunday and look at the new SL2's. I think that I would like to buy one but am not in real need of a new car. My six year old car is doing fine. Then I think that maybe if I wait until next year the 2002 will have a new look and new features but I hear ... Read More
I think we are all begining to sound like Gore VS Bush in here , lol. We oviously each have veiws and sides that are split right downt the middle and will defend them till there is no tommarow. People, especially those who visit edmunds.com are very passionate about their automobiles as well they should be. Granted, no cars are perfect. My previous Toyota Celica leaked oil at 60 thousand miles, ... Read More
According to Toyota4x4, it was stated that "Saturn makes nearly 2 grand off the car plus a hefty 3 percent holdback". When comparing REAL invoice numbers to MSRP, the Saturn SL compact is close to $ 600.00 over invoice at MSRP plus the dealer holdback. The Saturn L 100 Midsize sedan is around $ 1000.00 over invoice plus the dealer holdback. At this time, Saturn is essentially discounting there cars, Saturn ... Read More
How can you get more car with a Civic for the money? I think you are comparing apples to oranges. The civic IS the better overall CAR in terms of reliablity. No car out there has a better track reccord - I would say that. However it cost more to own and is not as fun to drive. In terms of cost where I live Honda Civic is second only to ... Read More
I drove a Saturn for the first time today. It was a 2001 5 speed SL2 model. Although it performed adaquately, I noticed that to shift into all gears, the "feel" of it was not smooth, maybe "notchy" if that is a word? Do any of you that drive manual Saturns notice that it is not a smooth shifting trans? Your opinions will be appreciated.
T Soden If your looking for sporty, IMO , The Saturn 3 door coupe blows away anything around 15k as far as style goes. However, the 3 door coupe rides lower to the ground then the SL 4 doors, providing for countless scrapes on the bottom front bumper. Also, insurance will be significantly more compared to a SL2 4 door with the same engine and equiptment. The choice is up to ... Read More
Things go wrong with lots of cars. If I think of the thousands of dollars I have spent keeping my 1991 Ford Taurus with 76,000 miles running I get sick. New air conditioner, $1,000. New fuel pump, $250. New radiator $500, new engine mounts, master cylinder, windshild wiper motor, rebuilt transmission, new rear calipers and rotors, battery, accelerator cable and on and on. But I keep thinking finally it will run ... Read More
I reread the August Popular Mechanics and it gave 2001 as the year Saturn loses its transmission and 'gains' GM's 4-speed automatic and at a later time loses its engine and 'gains' GM engines hence it becomes just another GM. :(
One of the automotive magazines (popular mechanics) reported that for 2001 Saturn SL's will have a gm automatic transmission instead of the saturn unit. Did anyone else read of this?
Hi- Chrissy, I believe your major questions last week were concerning the longevity and super-mileage-ability of Saturns. I believe my experiences can help. I bought a 93 SCI (plum!!!) and put 36K miles on it in a year and a half, then decided I wanted a four door. I bought the 95 SLI and am just passing the 118,000 mile mark now. My husband bought a 91 SL2 with 28,000 miles ... Read More
Saturnboy, when you say "Individual Saturn Retailer" do you mean that Saturn is experimenting with negotiable prices? Wow. Doesn't that go completely against everything Saturn stands for? I agree completely with the MSRP reduction for the L series and hope Saturn makes a big deal about it in their ads. This is in keeping with "the Saturn way" (whatever that is)--own up to a mistake, reduce the MSRP, and get on ... Read More
Here is my theory on the 2001 and 2002 SL model Saturns. The Saturn Company produces the 2001 SL in August/September. There are no changes except two color additions and two deletions and a modification to the engine for emissions. The car is basically the same as 2000. Then in March or April Saturn announces the 2002 model and gets a jump on the competition with a brand new and very ... Read More
Is anyone else experiencing wind noise with their Saturn SL 2000? The following is a copy of the letter my wife sent to Saturn... We purchased a Saturn SL on 8-16-99 in Houston. On 8-26-99, I brought the car in for service. There was a wind noise from the door/window on the driver's side at any speed above 55mph. It sounded as if the window was opened a small crack. The ... Read More
Im sure it will go fine despite what you may claim happens to this smart womans vehicle. I have 2 Saturns in the family, one of which IS an LS1. Saturn Sales are up lately, and sales consultants are predicting another Saturn Sales boom during the 2001 fiscal year. Wish her good luck with her LS even thou she won't need it.
I have driven the 2000 Saturn SC2, it is just like the 99 model , except it has a restyled exterior, as well as a more user friendly interior. Also, more standard features, theft deterrent, bigger tires, more cup holders, mostly minor but good improvements. I heard a rumor, and saw in a magazine that Saturn is coming out with a completely new S series in 2001, new 2.0 liter engine, ... Read More