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Old 02-09-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default New Frustrated Saturn Owner haha

Well my names Bobby- came across your site trying to diagnose some issues I'm having with a car I just recently purchased. First a lil aobut myself- I'm an "ex" Honda guy, Ive had my fair share of civics, integras, swapped motors, etc etc- had fun but was getting tired of worrying if my car would be in the parking lot when I got back. So I sold my 2000 Civic Si with a JDM Integra Type R swap, saw this 1998 Saturn "Wagon" for sale the next day, emailed the guy and got a speedy response. The car was automatic, had no "known" issues and was sworn the car would be a great commuter car- which was exactly what I needed.

Well not even a week later Ive started running into issues. First issue, about to leave work and noticed the light for "low coolant/transaxle fluid" light came on...freaked out but read all I had to do was pour in some coolant and turn the car back on- yep light went away. BUT as I was leaving work after my shift the car just died on me- completely, pulled over- popped the hood, there was gas, car wasn't over heating, nothing. i wiggled the battery cables and noticed they were loose...after I did that the car started up again, drove less then a mile then it shut down again. I left it there over night and got back earlier. Got some jumper cables- connected everything, car had power (all lights on, radio on, no dim lights at all) but the car just would NOT crank over. After pulling the cables off the car I tried cranking it over again and it just got weaker and weaker then wouldn't click over at all.

After doing a bit of reading on here I read it could be the ECTS? The "SES" light has come on since then- but, as luck would have it, about a week ago my girlfriends vehicle had the transmission give out on us haha oh its been a great couple of weeks. So its just been a frustrating - thinking I should have stayed with Hondas lol.

I honestly deserve what I'm getting, i bought it on impulse but had it checked locally and everything checked out. I do like it, its completely different from anything Ive owned previously and when it was working it was getting great mileage, and is pretty roomy and comfy inside- which is why I think I wanted a wagon in the first place. Anyways sorry for the novel- lol I have a bit of a problem with rambling.

btw- tried to post a picture of the car but apparently I need to wait til I hit 15 posts. hah


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Old 02-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: New Frustrated Saturn Owner haha

Just pop into the S Series forums and your problems will be solved... just let everyone know what the problems are. And if it's a wagon, it's an SW2, not an SC2.

Most issues on the S Series cars are fairly easy to fix, and there are a lot of helpful people in the forums. Don't give up on the car until you sort it out, they are inexpensive commuters and fun cars.


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