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Old 10-29-2019, 08:29 PM   #1
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Would like to start off by saying sorry for my absence as off late. Admittedly things havent been going that well and the situation with the SC1 didnt help. However, the car is fixed now (it ended up being the alternator AND fusible link causing it not to start) and back on the road for the time being.

A few days ago, i went to a pull a part to find a wheel for the SC. Somehow the wheel nearly came off and it chewed the holes up for the lug nuts in addition to destroying all 4 lug nuts. While i was there i noticed a green SL2 in the used car lot. It had been sitting there since july 26th per the sticker. Cars that sit too long in the lot typically end up in the junkyard. This same thing happened to a stick shift 98 SL with 109k that they were selling for far too much. Same was probably going to happen to this SL2.

After finding what i was looking for, i went to the lot to take a closer look at this SL2. I wasnt interested at first because its an auto. What i found was probably the cleanest saturn ive seen in the area though. It has 116k, and the interior looks like its barely been sat in. It also has leather seats, cruise control, fancy radio, 15 inch double fin alloy wheels and power windows. In the glovebox. I found the ORIGINAL document that the car came with new, stating all its options. It doesnt have sunroof but lets consider that a bonus becuase no leaks. And the best part is the undercarriage. It looks as if the car wasnt even originally from ohio because its not very rusty underneath.

However its not free of issues. I was told it was shifting firm, and i noticed a SES light.

Intrigued, i asked some questions about it and was told to come back tuesday to speak with someone about it. Went back up there today with a code reader and found the codes getting put off are for the CKP and the turbine speed (TSS). These seem relatively minor compared to the others ive seen. So i attempted to negotiate, figuring theyd be happy to get rid of it. Unfortunately, for some reason they have changed policy, and made it so any used cars that are sold must go for $1,000 or more. I was slightly short so i had to borrow the rest. But i came back with $1,175 and took the car home.

So now onto whats wrong with it. The TSS issue? The car shifts awfully. With light throttle it can sometimes go into gear firmer than it should but acts okay. With moderate or heavy throttle though, it acts strange like itll shift way too easy or hesitate to shift, sometimes even slams into gear. This sounds alot like the system going nuts because its receiving incorrect info from a bad sensor. It doesnt feel like its slipping when it shifts properly though. The CKP? Well im pretty sure that reared its head as soon as i got home, because after i shut it off for the first time and as i was showing my brother the car, it refused to start. It had power definitely but turning the key produced a click and nothing more. However, i came back about 1 hour or so later and found it was starting again. CKP is super cheap so ill be grabbing one of those sometime. The TSS i havent dealt with so ill be reading up on it. I will try and put some pics up of the car!
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:39 PM   #2
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For a non-rusty car, $1175 is not bad. Everything else can be fixed.
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A transmission and torque converter is $110 plus $30 core at LKQ. 40% off this Thanksgiving.
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Ill try and get more pics up when theres light out.
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That's a great find. I would have tried to negotiate them throwing in all the parts to convert it to manual transmission to get around the $1000 minimum. You never know, they may have went for it to get it off their lot. Regardless, I don't think $1000 is terrible.
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That would have been an interesting idea. Never thought about it. Not aure she would have went for it though as she was claiming her job would be at risk if that car was sold for any less than $1000. Also that yard didnt have any decent cars with transmissions worth taking. I dont think ive been to LKQ before but ill look into it as a manual swap is more feasible with 2 cars.

So far though, im pretty happy with my purchase. Whatever is wrong wont take much to fix. Today i found that one of the wires to the TSS was disconnected. I found a red sleeve that seems like shrink wrap on one end, and it looks alot like someone tried to connect the wires this way. It didnt work and that would explain why the trans goes nuts when you make it shift. I put the wires back together and its shifting nicely now. Next is CKP. Its definitely showing the signs for it as it functions perfect all the way until you try starting it hot.
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Jonasan308, if you can, would you mind closing the other thread, the one about the battery light? If it was a double hit of faulty fusible link wire and alternator, adding this info to close an open thread may help others with similar problems.

Good luck on this new project.
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