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Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 #4693728
03/13/18 05:55 PM
03/13/18 05:55 PM
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Southwestern Alberta
Warlord Offline OP
Warlord  Offline OP
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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?


07 GMC Canyon - 204km
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693730
03/13/18 05:57 PM
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New England
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How much did you get it for?


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: gathermewool] #4693734
03/13/18 05:59 PM
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Southwestern Alberta
Warlord Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: gathermewool
How much did you get it for?


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


07 GMC Canyon - 204km
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693739
03/13/18 06:05 PM
03/13/18 06:05 PM
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New England
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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, 90000 miles
Last Change;
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Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693740
03/13/18 06:05 PM
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VW Fanboy Island
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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 205k kms
Edge 0W40 + Mann 719/30
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693749
03/13/18 06:14 PM
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South Carolina
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Put a turbo on it.


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Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693753
03/13/18 06:17 PM
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Virginia
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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...


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Pennzoil Platinum Euro 0W-40, Purolator Synthetic PSL 14610, 45 mpg...
185/55R15 General HP tires, "H" speed rated, 44 psi (300 kpa)
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693776
03/13/18 06:34 PM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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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)
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693783
03/13/18 06:37 PM
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Kansan,1911 45ACP fan
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Kansan,1911 45ACP fan
Try PPHM or Valvoline Maxlife


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Right to work state proud.
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693787
03/13/18 06:39 PM
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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, 169k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 144k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 192k, his
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693788
03/13/18 06:39 PM
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St. Louis
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Everything you need to know is at Saturnfans.com.


Truth alone triumphs, not untruth.

2017 Elantra SE
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693791
03/13/18 06:42 PM
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Southwestern Alberta
Warlord Offline OP
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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.


07 GMC Canyon - 204km
01 Saturn SL2 - 240km
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693809
03/13/18 06:58 PM
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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


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: Warlord] #4693821
03/13/18 07:14 PM
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New York
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Look over the coolant temperature sensor and its connector.


2009 Honda CR-V EX-L 55k
2007 Buick Lacrosse 52k
Re: Picked up a new beater Saturn SL2 [Re: mattwithcats] #4693859
03/13/18 07:48 PM
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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.

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