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Forum: General Saturn Discussion 10-01-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,293
Posted By gkl
Re: What they can't take from my showroom

Are you sure your dealer had a choice? GM has been ramping down the assembly lines (Aura stopped in the spring) -- you can't order something that isn't being built.
Forum: Ion General 06-21-2006, 08:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,584
Posted By gkl
Re: Oil Life Monitor and sludge

I think you're right. It's likely GM meant the $10 cost is for the wiring and the display component on the console and the journalist thought it's for the "sensor". Wouldn't be the first time a...
Forum: Ion General 06-20-2006, 09:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,584
Posted By gkl
Oil Life Monitor and sludge

From one GM source:

"Briefly, the Oil Life System is programmed with a certain number of engine revolutions. As the engine runs, this number is reduced until it reaches zero, and the Oil Life...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 03-24-2006, 01:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,722
Posted By gkl
Re: GM exec rants about Consumer Reports bias

Right on. In truth, the Ion's guages are actually closer to the windshield than the standard cluster. You and CardinalFang could do a better job writing those reports. You probably wouldn't get your...
Forum: Ion General 03-23-2006, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By gkl
Re: Factory tires for Ion 3 kind of weak?

I tested both the Ion3/Hankooks and Ion2/Goodyears. I didn't have a lot of time with the 3, but the Hankooks slipped more when starting on snow/ice/slush. The Ion2 without TC actually slipped less....
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 03-23-2006, 05:23 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,722
Posted By gkl
Re: GM exec rants about Consumer Reports bias

Looks like a clear case of double standards. :xeye:
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 03-23-2006, 03:17 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,722
Posted By gkl
Re: GM exec rants about Consumer Reports bias

Maybe she used wording that was too strong, "the most unprofessional group of people I have ever worked with." But other things she wrote are probably on the mark:

Queen: "They are totally...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-23-2006, 07:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By gkl
Re: Polymer body panels in the news (Feb 06)

You're thinking why just not clear coat the plastic and any painted metal? Good question. I think one problem is getting the plastic and the paint to the exact same color in all types of lighting....
Forum: Ion General 02-23-2006, 07:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,783
Posted By gkl
Re: Premium fuel in 2.4L?

thanks for the link. I was thinking it wouldn't be worthwhile to machine parts to different tolerances. But I didn't think about using a thicker head gasket - wouldn't be such a big deal.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-23-2006, 01:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By gkl
Re: Polymer body panels in the news (Feb 06)

Yes, Saturn uses metal on the hood roof and trunk. The hood and trunk are designed to crumple in a crash. Plastic panels have a tendency to crack in severe impacts and you don't want shards of sharp...
Forum: Ion General 02-23-2006, 01:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,783
Posted By gkl
Re: Premium fuel in 2.4L?

The computer in the Ion's version of the 2.4L adjusts the timing if it detects lower octane - this prevents knocking. if you are happy with the results of regular in the 2.4L, then just use it. Just...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-22-2006, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By gkl
Re: Polymer body panels in the news (Feb 06)

No kidding. And the media just lap it up without question.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-22-2006, 03:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By gkl
Re: Polymer body panels in the news (Feb 06)

Relay, Sky and Aura have metal body panels. Word is that the Ion and Vue replacements will also have metal panels; the current models will continue with polymer until the end of production.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-21-2006, 09:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By gkl
Re: Polymer body panels in the news (Feb 06)

thanks for the link. Very interesting.

I realize the impregnated color is different from Saturn.

We hear from GM that the process is too expensive due to rising oil and manufacturing costs,...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 02-21-2006, 05:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,123
Posted By gkl
Polymer body panels in the news (Feb 06)

Here are links to 2 recent reports of interest to fans of polymer autobody panels.
Neither report mentions Saturn, and both give the...
Forum: Ion General 02-21-2006, 05:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,760
Posted By gkl
Re: Traction Control Neccesary!

TC isn't intended for situations where you are stuck in snow. Spinning wheels may get you going sometimes, but there are usually faster and more reliable ways, e.g. rocking back and forth, carry sand...
Forum: Ion General 02-19-2006, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,029
Posted By gkl
Re: 2.2L vs 2.4L Ecotec in 2006 Ion (noise/vibration)

Thanks for the info on Mobil 1. If sounds like its worth a try. I don't like timing belts either.

Yes both 1.9L engines used in the S-series had timing chains and recommended 5W-30 from day 1....
Forum: Ion General 02-19-2006, 12:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,029
Posted By gkl
Re: 2.2L vs 2.4L Ecotec in 2006 Ion (noise/vibration)

Thanks for the link and tips. The recommendation to avoid an early switch to synthetic was to allow piston rings to seat. However, this was from professional racers, no doubt driving their engines...
Forum: Ion General 02-19-2006, 12:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,972
Posted By gkl
Re: 2006 ION Faulty Radio!?

The Ion (and maybe others) have at least 3 different units:
(1) base radio/single cd
(2) RDS/single CD/MP3-CD
(3) RDS/MP3-CD/6-CD changer.

RDS= Radio Data System, displays name of station,...
Forum: Polls and Questions 02-17-2006, 06:26 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 34,152
Posted By gkl
Re: Should GM Import the Opel Astra from Europe as Saturn's Next Small Car?

OK, so when I fold the rear seats down, what do I do with the child seats, not to mention the kids in them? The other poster specifically said Astra was better than Ion for young families. I...
Forum: Polls and Questions 02-17-2006, 03:13 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 34,152
Posted By gkl
Re: Should GM Import the Opel Astra from Europe as Saturn's Next Small Car?

See Saturn_69's posts above for interior dimensions - the Astra hatch interior is similar to the Ion and SL - it likely has more room in the back than the SC. The extra 16 inches they chopped off the...
Forum: Ion General 02-17-2006, 05:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,029
Posted By gkl
Re: 2.2L vs 2.4L Ecotec in 2006 Ion (noise/vibration)

Thanks for your comments. I drove Ion 2/2.2L and Ion 3/2.4L. Both the 2 and 3 trim levels in 05/06 use the quiet steel firewall and snap-on engine cover. Never had the chance to drive the 03/04, but...
Forum: Polls and Questions 02-16-2006, 02:34 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 34,152
Posted By gkl
Re: Should GM Import the Opel Astra from Europe as Saturn's Next Small Car?

I agree, Mazda 3, Matrix and Vibe seem to sell. Not my style, but others are free to buy'em.

I've driven SLs for many years. Interior-wise, IMO, they're pretty similar to the Ion except for more...
Forum: Ion General 02-16-2006, 01:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,763
Posted By gkl
Re: What did you pay for your '06 ION?

Saturn does sell the cars that are returned under the 30 day exchange at a discount. There are many reasons for exchanges, e.g. different transmission, options, model, even "I want another color". ...
Forum: Polls and Questions 02-16-2006, 12:45 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 34,152
Posted By gkl
Re: Should GM Import the Opel Astra from Europe as Saturn's Next Small Car?

Assuming you don't need a trunk, your argument is perfectly valid. Have you taken a close look at the Vibe/Matrix? The Astra's rear storage (I won't call it a trunk) looks even a bit smaller.

I...
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