Recent Topics
Rapido Czech single-speed
by Number_35
05/22/18 07:20 PM
1996 BMW 328i, 391k mi | M1 10W40 HM, 6836 mi
by Connorb
05/22/18 06:27 PM
Tire Rack Offering Free Shipping On Select Tires
by Voleak
05/22/18 05:12 PM
UOA Maxlife & Dex III | 98 V70 186k | 14.5k OCI
by VeryNoisyPoet
05/22/18 04:43 PM
Front brake squealing, 09' Camry
by car51
05/22/18 04:36 PM
Opinions on Walmart Super Tech oil
by 007
05/22/18 04:19 PM
Combination port/direct fuel injection
by Joeescape63
05/22/18 04:19 PM
Meijer 4 day sale (Fri., May 25 - Mon., May 28)
by BrewCityR
05/22/18 03:53 PM
called FRAM; FU not available at WM
by HondaBroMike
05/22/18 03:36 PM
2017 Hyundai Ioniq 4380 Havoline Pro DS 5w20
by Saul
05/22/18 03:28 PM
Oil/Filter for 2012 Yamaha FZ6R
by Max_D
05/22/18 03:26 PM
Best oil for Nissan 5 speed transmission
by AdamZ
05/22/18 03:19 PM
Do automakers REALLY test long-term durability?
by littleant
05/22/18 02:44 PM
Looking into the crystal ball for Airbus
by JustN89
05/22/18 02:31 PM
Rental Car Scams
by CJWinWA
05/22/18 02:29 PM
The nightmare of a K&N filter
by Alfred_B
05/22/18 02:20 PM
Part of the fun of the '52 Chevy... oil filters.
by mrsilv04
05/22/18 01:52 PM
Husqvarna 125L string trimmer.
by JTK
05/22/18 01:20 PM
True Synthetic
by John-r
05/22/18 01:00 PM
Torque wrench arrived with 40ft*lbs setting
by parshisa
05/22/18 12:57 PM
Newest Members
225339, Meathead16, jsb712, drstrng, GovGeek
65063 Registered Users
Who's Online
97 registered (aquariuscsm, 69GTX, 14Accent, Bighorn2500, BeerCan, 2009Edge, 9 invisible), 1808 Guests and 36 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
65063 Members
67 Forums
284024 Topics
4740415 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#4693728 - 03/13/18 05:55 PM Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2
Warlord Offline


Registered: 10/15/06
Posts: 954
Loc: Southwestern Alberta
Hey guys. I picked up a 2001 SL2 yesterday as a cheap little get around vehicle. It has 235000kms, 5 speed, power everything. Even cruise. I love it. Iím gonna give it a full mechanical once over starting today with oil, filter, and air filter. Next will be plugs and wires. Thinking Iíll run mostly PP to keep the oil control rings as clean as possible.

Any tips to keep these little beasts running tip top?
_________________________
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km Castrol GTX 10w40
09 Suzuki GSXR 750 17km Shell RTS 5w40 HDEO

Top
#4693730 - 03/13/18 05:57 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 5965
Loc: St. Fu
How much did you get it for?

Top
#4693734 - 03/13/18 05:59 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: gathermewool]
Warlord Offline


Registered: 10/15/06
Posts: 954
Loc: Southwestern Alberta
Originally Posted By: gathermewool
How much did you get it for?


Oh yeah. 450 bucks Canadian. Or roughly 30 US dollars.
_________________________
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km Castrol GTX 10w40
09 Suzuki GSXR 750 17km Shell RTS 5w40 HDEO

Top
#4693739 - 03/13/18 06:05 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3934
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: Warlord
Originally Posted By: gathermewool
How much did you get it for?

Oh yeah. 450 bucks Canadian. Or roughly 30 US dollars.

I thought Trump was making the US dollar fall???
;^)
_________________________
2014 Forester XT, 80500 miles
Last Change;
Valvoline Full Synthetic 5W30 d1G2
Tokyo Roki 15208AA170 filter

Top
#4693740 - 03/13/18 06:05 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
maxdustington Offline


Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 399
Loc: Toronna
BITOG's favorite compact beater! Famous for being the cheapest car on the road and being a notorious oil drinker!

A coworker asked me for a rec for a car for his teenage kid, I suggested the SL2. He was not impressed, normies don't know nothing.
_________________________
03 Jetta AWP/09A 200k kms
TGMO 0W20 "Legend" & Hella Magnet Filter

Top
#4693749 - 03/13/18 06:14 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
eyeofthetiger Offline


Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
Put a turbo on it.
_________________________
2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0T - Valvoline SynPower 5W-20, Motorcraft FL910S
1988 GMC K1500 4.3/700R4 - Supertech 15W-40, Fram TG3980
1986 Ford Ranger 2.0 - uhh

Top
#4693753 - 03/13/18 06:17 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
mattwithcats Offline


Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 1645
Loc: Virginia
Run diesel oil (10w-30 or 5W-40) to keep the oil burning under control.

Use a Fram 3600 / Purolator 20195 oil filter.

If you donít mind loosing cruise control, change 5th gear from a .730 to a .605, drops rpms by a thousand...
_________________________
2009 Smart Pure
Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40, Purolator Synthetic PSL 14610, 45 mpg...
185/55R15 General HP tires, "H" speed rated, 44 psi (300 kpa)

Top
#4693776 - 03/13/18 06:34 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20367
Loc: Upstate NY
It's a Saturn. Nothing you can do about that. Concentrate on oil and filters. Anything else as needed.
_________________________
2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)


Top
#4693783 - 03/13/18 06:37 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
Marco620 Offline


Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 2082
Loc: Deplorable in Kansas, HK fan b...
Try PPHM or Valvoline Maxlife
_________________________
2015 Civic (R18Z1) 157k mi.0w20 Redline/Archoil,HPS SRI,87e0/Moog links Borla Exhaust/Vibrant Resonator/Tein Suspension
Go Nashville Predators!

Top
#4693787 - 03/13/18 06:39 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11721
Loc: NH
Before putting in "good" oil, run it for a bit and see how much it decides to drink.

Check for rust. I think control arms are a problem.
_________________________
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 159k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 142k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 179k, his

Top
#4693788 - 03/13/18 06:39 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2204
Loc: St. Louis
Everything you need to know is at Saturnfans.com.
_________________________
Truth alone triumphs, not untruth.

2017 Elantra SE

Top
#4693791 - 03/13/18 06:42 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
Warlord Offline


Registered: 10/15/06
Posts: 954
Loc: Southwestern Alberta
I signed up over at saturnfans last night. As for rust there really isnít any underneath. Amazing really. Iím pretty happy with this little monster.
_________________________
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km Castrol GTX 10w40
09 Suzuki GSXR 750 17km Shell RTS 5w40 HDEO

Top
#4693809 - 03/13/18 06:58 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 5965
Loc: St. Fu
Originally Posted By: Warlord
Originally Posted By: gathermewool
How much did you get it for?


Oh yeah. 450 bucks Canadian. Or roughly 30 US dollars.


crackmeup

Top
#4693821 - 03/13/18 07:14 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord]
Recalculating Offline


Registered: 08/04/12
Posts: 441
Loc: New York
Look over the coolant temperature sensor and its connector.
_________________________
2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 52k
2007 Buick Lacrosse 50k

Top
#4693859 - 03/13/18 07:48 PM Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: mattwithcats]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32493
Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: mattwithcats

If you donít mind loosing cruise control, change 5th gear from a .730 to a .605, drops rpms by a thousand...


I put a wrong-year trans in my 2000 SL1 and the emissions monitors didn't kick in. I found a chart and that the 3rd gear ratios were still the same-- so I held it at 50 MPH in 3rd for a while and all was good. laugh

The dopey computer assumes that invalid input:output ratios mean the clutch is half-engaged and won't allow various things to happen.

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >