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Forum: L-Series General 09-10-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,265
Posted By BobL
Re: Looking at L200 - what should I look for?

The manual had a serious issue with the clutch slave cylinder.

In the S series, hydraulic clutch components were external and easily replaced. In the L with typical dumb German engineering, the...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-04-2011, 07:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,427
Posted By BobL
Re: Former Saturn Owner Struck by "Unresponsive" and "Inattentive" Treatment from Toy

I had a great Saturn dealer, sales and service.

After a terrible experience with a 2000 LS, I bought a Corolla and am also happy with the dealer service. Even a great dealer had no way to fix the...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 01-23-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,390
Posted By BobL
Re: Replacing Glass with Lexan

Lexan was used for years on NYC transit bus side windows.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 01-03-2011, 07:01 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 52,999
Posted By BobL
Re: Goodbye Saturn: Thanks for the Ride (1985-2010)

When I first went into Saturn of Raleigh in 1995, I knew this was for me. Technically proficient salespeople with no pressure - Relief at last!

Had 3 SL's and 1 SL1 and was a real fanatic.

Forum: General Saturn Discussion 11-06-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 29,343
Posted By BobL
Re: List of open and closed dealerships

Saturn of Raleigh (NC) is now a used car dealer and service shop.

RIP. You were a great dealership.
Forum: L-Series General 08-22-2010, 06:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,609
Posted By BobL
Re: Wanting opinions about Saturn L series cars

Avoid 2000 L at all costs.

I had a 2000 LS which had so many design errors that I traded it at 18 months/21000 miles.

Unbelievable trash engineering but got many compliments on appearance.
Forum: Astra Tech 05-16-2009, 05:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 32,588
Posted By BobL
Re: Replaced the Cabin Air Filter

German engineering.

I still remember the clutch slave cylinder on the L series. Internal and expensive to fix.

Contrast the Astra CAF with my 08 Corolla.

Open glove box door.

Forum: Astra General 03-26-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,885
Posted By BobL
Re: Astra crushed.. Had a really bad day today..

Contact your state DMV to be sure they review the police report and permanently revoke the driver's license of the other party.

Next seizure he might plow into a bunch of kids crossing to school....
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-28-2009, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,905
Posted By BobL
Re: BW: Why Saturn Fell to Earth

I trusted Saturn after 4 S cars and bought a new 2000 LS.

Well styled but riddled with uncorrectible design errors.

Took GM 3 model years to get the glitches out of the L series. By that time,...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-22-2009, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,905
Posted By BobL
Re: BW: Why Saturn Fell to Earth

Saturn used to be "a different kind of car from a different kind of company".

I remember my first encounter. A polymer car, easy to maintain, and economical. Styling took a second to engineering...
Forum: Vue General 12-11-2008, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,092
Posted By BobL
Re: Will a new air bag permanently fix the horn Problems

When I owned an LS, this issue came up too. The horn switch is an integral part of the air bag assembly and all must be replaced together even if only the horn switch fails.

In most states, you...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 12-08-2008, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,568
Posted By BobL
Re: Report: With Retailer Support, Saturn Could Return to its Roots and Get Another L

I really believe Saturn should go back to its roots as a producer of sensible, easy to maintain vehicles made in the USA.

My Saturn experience ended with the 2000 LS based on German garbage...
Forum: L-Series General 08-17-2008, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,726
Posted By BobL
Re: L series a good upgrade?

After 5 SL's, I bought a new 2000 L series. The worst car I ever owned, riddled with uncorrectable design errors.

Wound up in a Corolla after dumping the LS at 20K miles and a glove compartment...
Forum: Aura General 08-17-2008, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By BobL
Re: Taillight scratches

Plast-X helped me a lot with headlight scratches and hazing.

If scratches are light, it can help on most any car.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 04-11-2008, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,068
Posted By BobL
Re: How should i feel?

Good work.

Most misunderstandings can be resolved by effective communication.

You went above and beyond. That's the original Saturn way.
Forum: L-Series General 02-25-2008, 08:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,172
Posted By BobL
Re: L Series More Problematic

Many early L's had light flicker and steering wheel vibration.
Forum: Astra General 02-25-2008, 07:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,004
Posted By BobL
Re: Astra negativity

As an 00 LS survivor who went from Saturns to Corollas, I do feel strong distrust of German engineering.

too many German vehicles are mechanical monstrosities that are difficult and expensive to...
Forum: Astra General 01-23-2008, 06:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,649
Posted By BobL
Re: Future of the Astra?

As a 2000 LS survivor who was turned from 5 Saturns to 2 Corollas by the garbage German engineering, I can only hope the Astra's better in reliability than most German imports.

The L series had a...
Forum: Aura General 07-17-2007, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By BobL
Re: woke up this am to a flat >>

Perhaps the hole was from a defect in the tire, not an external object.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 06-07-2007, 01:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,995
Posted By BobL
Re: What are you paying for documentation fees at your Saturn dealer?

"Doc" fees include a lot of extra profit at many dealers.

One Toyota dealer wanted $399. I told them my daughter worked at NC DMV and made $7.50/hour. If they paid their clerk more, they were...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-03-2007, 07:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,960
Posted By BobL
Re: We've decided to get a Hybrid!

Good luck.

Hopefully, you will get the extended warranty since GM has a very dismal record with new technology such as CVT transmissions, etc.

The Prius doesn't deliver anywhere near claimed...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-03-2007, 07:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By BobL
Re: problems with rude area manager and new Outlook

A slow refrigerant leak may not be caught in the factory since it may take hours or days for the freon to escape and kill the A/C. It might have worked fine at final test.

That being said, the...
Forum: Ion General 04-06-2007, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,007
Posted By BobL
Re: Dead battery '06 Ion

Once a sealed battery gets deep cycled, it's toast. I had that on a Delco Freedom once where the door was left ajar on the dealer's lot.

Battery lasted a year.

Of course, there could be an...
Forum: Aura General 04-06-2007, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 863
Posted By BobL
Re: Need Your Thoughts On a Paint Repair

A good shop can properly match the paint.

My 99 SL got zapped with 1,200 miles. The door was toast.

Foster's in Raleigh, NC did such a great job you couldn't tell and it aged perfectly over the...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-08-2007, 09:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,679
Posted By BobL
Re: Moving On

Neat Miata. Good luck with it.

After 5 Saturns, a 2000 LS made me a Corolla owner. Happy with our two Corollas after 4 years.

What brought me to Saturn was polymer, so I guess I'll not return.
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