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Old 08-08-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
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I was looking to do some maintenece to my 97 SL2. Don't have a Saturn dealer to close or the time to get to one. They have the ECTS and PCV valve in stock. I had read that it is best to only use real Saturn parts. Is this true? Should I not use Autozone parts? Why?

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:02 PM   #2
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Past experience by a lot of very senior forum members that have probably forgotten more about Saturns than I will ever learn.

Order them from saturnparts.com or saturnparts.net They only sell OEM parts.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:05 PM   #3
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Aftermarket PCV Valves (Bosch especially) get clogged up real fast. I know from experience. Spend the $7 for the PCV Valve and $15 for the ECTS from an online Retailer.

Some parts that are aftermarket are prone to failing too soon. Best to pay the money for the OEM part and be done with it until it needs replacing again.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:10 PM   #4
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The ECTS from Autozone is usually okay. If they can get you the AC Delco PCV that should be okay. That's what I got from the dealer.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:34 PM   #5
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I never really understood saying that aftermarket parts are not as good as OEM parts when most of the time the same companies make both. I mean I know certain companies make cheaper stuff than other but...
Anyway I just got this car and want to get the gas mileage up alittle more. I am only getting about 26 mpg now and should definitely be higher.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
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Is that 26mpg mixed, city, highway? My '95 SL2 gets 28 consistently, mixed driving. I think you'll be lucky to get close to 30 unless it's all highway.

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Old 08-08-2008, 02:45 PM   #7
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Is that 26mpg mixed, city, highway? My '95 SL2 gets 28 consistently, mixed driving. I think you'll be lucky to get close to 30 unless it's all highway.
I guess it is mixed as I drive to work and back. There are a couple of lights but it is mostly highway.

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:23 PM   #8
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OK I bought the parts from Autozone. The PCV valve was an exact match. Even the writing on the side of the parts matched. The old one was quite nasty. I will try to replaced the ECTS and clean the EGR later this weekend.

Another question... The hose that is S shaped that goes from the Intake tube to the engine... Can it be replaced with any tubing with the same diameter. Autozone gave me 6 inches of Goodyear black tubing but it is not preshaped in the S design. Does that matter? It fit nice and snug just like the old OEM one.

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Old 08-08-2008, 06:42 PM   #9
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:54 PM   #10
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OK I bought the parts from Autozone. The PCV valve was an exact match. Even the writing on the side of the parts matched. The old one was quite nasty. I will try to replaced the ECTS and clean the EGR later this weekend.

Another question... The hose that is S shaped that goes from the Intake tube to the engine... Can it be replaced with any tubing with the same diameter. Autozone gave me 6 inches of Goodyear black tubing but it is not preshaped in the S design. Does that matter? It fit nice and snug just like the old OEM one.
The PCV that was on there might not have been original. Or, you got lucky and AZ carries one made by the same company as OEM. I myself have some aftermarket PCV I picked up when my old one blew.

ECTS I would be more cautious using aftermarket.

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Old 08-08-2008, 07:07 PM   #11
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I rarely buy from the dealer, they are always overpriced. I shop at Autozone frequently, and never have had a problem with any of the parts they sell me. However, parts guys at those kind of stores and Checkers are always Know-it-all, and retarded. Which is pushing me more and more to buy from the dealer. But in all honesty, either or should be fine. You'd probably get better customer service at the dealer, and they'll know what they are talking about.

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Old 08-08-2008, 07:32 PM   #12
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I have been working on cars as a hobby for about 10 years and have worked as a heavy machinery maintenance mechanic for 12 years. (This doesn't make me an expert by any means). I use aftermarket parts 95% of the time and I've rarely had problems.

Yes most of the time OEM dealer parts are going to be your best bet, but don't buy parts from the dealer just because someone tells you to. Most of the time the dealer and aftermarket parts are in fact the same part made by the same company. After years of working on cars, you'll be able to spot a lower quality part. I try to avoid the parts made overseas when there is a USA made part available. I buy from NAPA just because they are nearby and I usually have good luck with their parts. Except for the EGR gasket I bought recently which had the large and small holes in the wrong locations. They were reversed.

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Old 08-08-2008, 07:54 PM   #13
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Yes most of the time OEM dealer parts are going to be your best bet, but don't buy parts from the dealer just because someone tells you to. Most of the time the dealer and aftermarket parts are in fact the same part made by the same company. After years of working on cars, you'll be able to spot a lower quality part. I try to avoid the parts made overseas when there is a USA made part available. I buy from NAPA just because they are nearby and I usually have good luck with their parts. Except for the EGR gasket I bought recently which had the large and small holes in the wrong locations. They were reversed.
We were doing wheel bearings on a truck. We were just going to do one, so we picked one up at Schucks. Realized we should do the other, and we were at a NAPA, so we paid the ten bucks more for the bearing. Compared the two, exact same manufacturer and model number. Just some food for thought...

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Old 08-08-2008, 09:18 PM   #14
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I am running an AutoZone ECTS, IAT and my extra fan controller sensor (all the same part), with no problems at all.

I bought my PCV from the dealer if for no other reason than that they gave me a nice new connector hose and pair of molded rubber elbows with it all for only about $7.

I have had very good luck with aftermarket parts in general except do not buy a Wells brand TPS from AutoZone. It is poorly designed and built and may fail on you quickly. Mine failed just a little bit out of the warranty period (of course). Buy OEM for that part (or at least anything other than Wells).

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Another question... The hose that is S shaped that goes from the Intake tube to the engine... Can it be replaced with any tubing with the same diameter. Autozone gave me 6 inches of Goodyear black tubing but it is not preshaped in the S design. Does that matter? It fit nice and snug just like the old OEM one.
As long as it's not kinked, it'll be fine. What some people do is to get a little longer hose and loop it at the turns to avoid kinking.

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Another question... The hose that is S shaped that goes from the Intake tube to the engine... Can it be replaced with any tubing with the same diameter. Autozone gave me 6 inches of Goodyear black tubing but it is not preshaped in the S design. Does that matter? It fit nice and snug just like the old OEM one.
I did the exact same thing as you this past weekend. The "S" shaped intake hose on my engine was showing some signs of cracking and dry rotting so I replaced it with new 11/32 reinforced hose I simply cut to length. It works fine as long as you give yourself enough length to avoid kinks at the bends, but not so much length as to be up against something that gets hot or would tend to chafe the hose.

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I was looking to do some maintenece to my 97 SL2. Don't have a Saturn dealer to close or the time to get to one. They have the ECTS and PCV valve in stock. I had read that it is best to only use real Saturn parts. Is this true? Should I not use Autozone parts? Why?

Here are the parts:
http://www.autozone.com/R,1128887/ve...ductDetail.htm

http://www.autozone.com/R,2365688/ve...ductDetail.htm


In the future, check out RockAuto.com -- www.rockauto.com

We have a great selection Saturn parts! Our prices are certainly less expensive than the dealer and most likely less expensive than AutoZone (even with shipping).

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In the future, check out RockAuto.com -- www.rockauto.com

We have a great selection Saturn parts! Our prices are certainly less expensive than the dealer and most likely less expensive than AutoZone (even with shipping).
Sorry, don't mean to take this thread off topic, But while I got you here, Rockauto, I do have a problem with your shipping. I recently put together a small order, some gaskets, a few bearings, sparkplugs and a radiator hose. No more than 2-3 pounds. UPS ground shipping $28.00!!!!!!! Your mutiple warehouses are fine for you but not for the customer. $48.00 order, $28.00 shipping. Not for me.

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Yeah, I backed out of about half of my Rockauto order today because at checkout it showed the items were going to be shipped from two different warehouses, at double the shipping costs. I really needed the items shipping from warehouse A, so I dumped the "might as well get 'em while I'm at it" items I had tacked onto the order that were all coming from warehouse B. Otherwise, the combined shipping charges would have made the order cost prohibitive. I'd bet Rockauto has lost quite a bit of business that way.

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I order from Rock Auto often, and I like them, but I always prioritize the parts I need with the multiple locations shipping cost. I adjust my orders accordingly. Some things just end up cheaper going to Autozone, NAPA, or AA.

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