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Old 06-18-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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Hello all, just bought a 99 SL1 w/ 123k miles yesterday. I was pleasantly suprised when I opened the hood on it. Very simple, and looks easy to work on. Then today I found out that these care have timing chains and not belts like the Hondas I've had in the past! WOOHOO! I need to detail the car and then upload some pics. There is some sort of tar-like substance on the hood. I am pretty happy about that though because when I bought I thought it was paint flaking off!

I was once told that Saturns are no good past 100k miles. I am looking forward to proving that statement wrong!

P.S. What would you value this car at in good condition?

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Old 06-18-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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Great, nice to see more S-series members coming aboard even though they stopped being produced 6 years ago. You see plenty of people on here who have over 100K miles on there Saturn. I am probably one of the few that is below 100K but you'll see some people with 200K to even 500K.

As far as the value of the car, I can't help you with that. You will get a wide range of answers on here depending on where your from and how cheap the poster is, some guys won't buy one unless they are a couple hundred bucks or out of a junk yard. If you want, you can post the question over on the S-series boards

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:15 PM   #3
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Mine has 123,456 and still going strong (at least for a single cam )
The engines in these things seem to be strong, the weak point is oil burning in some.
As for value, I value mine at $100,000

change your ECTS just to be sure it's the brass one- easy job and the original plastic ones ALL fail, it will mess up gas mileage among other things.

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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Hello all, just bought a 99 SL1 w/ 123k miles yesterday. I was pleasantly suprised when I opened the hood on it. Very simple, and looks easy to work on. Then today I found out that these care have timing chains and not belts like the Hondas I've had in the past! WOOHOO! I need to detail the car and then upload some pics. There is some sort of tar-like substance on the hood. I am pretty happy about that though because when I bought I thought it was paint flaking off!

I was once told that Saturns are no good past 100k miles. I am looking forward to proving that statement wrong!

P.S. What would you value this car at in good condition?
Congrats on getting yourself a decent runner for hopefully not a lot of money! The SL series Saturns have racked up some huge miles. A 1992 was traded in Minneapolis with 312,000 miles. The guy bought a 1997 and may still be driving it. By now there have to be some approaching the 500,000 mile mark.

You didn't indicate how much "tar" was on the hood. If it's small spots, use bug & tar remover and follow with a good wash & wax. If the patches are larger, get some clean parts cleaning solvent (not carburetor cleaner); wet a rag and use that. It will take several rags, but you'll get it off.

Prices vary depending on the part of the country you live in. Two good sources are Kelly blue book http://www.kbb.com/ and NADA Price Guide http://www.nadaguides.com/. Most dealers use one or both of these to price cars at retail and determine trade in values.

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Old 07-01-2009, 03:10 AM   #5
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:13 PM   #6
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the only prob with the SL1's only 100hp i like littl more then that

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Old 07-03-2009, 08:03 AM   #7
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the only prob with the SL1's only 100hp i like littl more then that
The price you pay for great fuel economy!

You may want to see the How-To Library. There is a sticky for ECTS replacement and some links to some cool YouTube Videos by Richpin.

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26

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Old 07-03-2009, 10:59 AM   #8
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The price you pay for great fuel economy!

You may want to see the How-To Library. There is a sticky for ECTS replacement and some links to some cool YouTube Videos by Richpin.

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that is true, and the price you pay when i pass you up going up a will while your like 4 1/2-5k rpms while i am liek 3 1/2

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Old 08-11-2009, 06:56 PM   #9
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I go up some damn steep hills in my 94 SL1 clutch with 175,000 miles on it and NEVER have gone past 4,000 RPMs or even hade to flog on her to get up a hill, plus havent u heard going uphill giving the car gas is a GREAT way to waste ur $,lol. But really I love my lil "100" HP, cause it goes 0 to 40MPH as quick as I'll ever need, so who cares bout more power? Yeah I can burn out but why ruin my tires/ diff pin/ trans? Gotta baby these cars off the line but once she hits 2K's RPM plus she pulls nice and hard.

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Old 08-11-2009, 08:59 PM   #10
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Hello and welcome to Saturn Fans


I hope thats not found to be a rude welcome ...

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Old 08-11-2009, 09:03 PM   #11
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Oh I wasnt attacking the poster, just Crystal Scan who banged on us "little HP" guys, I wasnt really trying to be rude to him/her either just making a comment, so I apolagise if anyone took that wrong way

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Old 08-11-2009, 09:06 PM   #12
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and me I could give a rats apple what my RPM's are when I go up a hill as long as I'm not bouncing off the rev limiter.

ohh poopee look at my rpmeee's

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Old 08-11-2009, 09:16 PM   #13
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lol,i just feel from seat of pants that the sohc dosent breath well past 4k rpm, and it has more pull down low then up top in the rev band. but thank god my 94 is a clutch cause damn these brakes, im glad i can downshift to slow down also.

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