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Old 10-03-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default So how long does GM have to supply service parts?

GM is killing off Saturn but is there any laws that require GM to stock and sell repair parts?

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: So how long does GM have to supply service parts?

The "S" series specific parts will be getting harder to get in a hurry. Those for the likes of the ION, VUE, ASTRA, Relay, Sky and Aura, much less so as they are shared with other GM nameplates to a very large degree. Just don't crash one! Body parts are gonna be a *itch to get for some of those in a very few years methinks.

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Old 10-03-2009, 08:44 PM   #3
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GM is killing off Saturn but is there any laws that require GM to stock and sell repair parts?

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I believe it is 10 years beyond the end of a car's production.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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The "S" series specific parts will be getting harder to get in a hurry. Those for the likes of the ION, VUE, ASTRA, Relay, Sky and Aura, much less so as they are shared with other GM nameplates to a very large degree. Just don't crash one! Body parts are gonna be a *itch to get for some of those in a very few years methinks.
Could you elaborate a bit on this? I've got my 93 SC2, which is still running very well but since it is so old I do anticipate some things eventually wearing out. I've been using parts from Autozone for years but what do you think will be getting harder to get? Recently I picked up a transmission filter while I was at my Saturn dealership getting a brake line bracket fixed and it was an aftermarket part to begin with.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:15 PM   #5
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I believe it is 10 years beyond the end of a car's production.
Correct, and it's federally mandated they supply parts for 10 years after the model ends. These parts aren't goin away anytime soon.



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Could you elaborate a bit on this? I've got my 93 SC2,
See above. The last S Series car rolled off the line in 2002....the [b]manufacturer[/a] has to make parts for 10 years following the end of production. They don't have to make any more OEM Saturn parts for S Series cars after 2012, which is slightly over 2 years away. The aftermarket will continue to manufacture and supply replacement parts for as long as it's profitable, but anything that's dealer specific right now will be going away in the next few years. I own a 38 year old Volkswagen that I can still easily get parts for....nothing to be paranoid about that you won't have parts available for these cars and everything is going to just disappear.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:41 PM   #6
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:20 AM   #7
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Default Re: So how long does GM have to supply service parts?

for the S-series many parts are now availible aftermarket. for your 93 i only know the fuel rail and seals are no longer availible. there are some exceptions the the 10 year rule, accessiories for example, S-series armrest and 02-07 cross bars are all gone.

from the SSPO Policies and Procedures Manual -

Maintaining Part Availability
Strategy To ensure continued high availability of Saturn parts,
SSPO not only focuses on current model parts but also
works closely with suppliers to develop an appropriate
past model scheduling strategy.
SSPOís part number base undergoes a shift with each new
model year. The number of past model (non-carryover)
parts outpaces the number of current model parts. As
Saturnís vehicle population grows, part availability for
past model parts becomes increasingly important.
Customers retain ownership for longer periods of time
and the resale value of a Saturn is higher than average.
Thus, the demand potential for past model parts is
significant and exists for a long period of time.
The current Saturn Service Parts policy for maintaining
parts availability is defined in the chart shown below.

Category of Part(s): Service Period / Economics or Demand required to
discontinue after stated service period
Accessories: 2 years / No sales for 2 years or cost to procure is
excessive
Soft Trim: 5 years / No sales for 2 years or cost to procure is
excessive
All Other Parts: 15 years / No sales for 2 years or cost to procure is
excessive
OBD II/Campaign Parts: 2 years



Also remember sometimes the company has supplyer issues, which has been happening ALOT lately, last year ION headlight brackets were not availible for 6 months.

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