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Old 10-28-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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That about right? Any aftermarket ones that don't have fit/finish issues?

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Old 10-28-2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:11 PM   #3
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$20 at the junkyard. Do a search for ones in your area.

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Old 10-28-2009, 11:37 PM   #4
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Hi there,
What about the headlights from RockAuto? The mid-price ones are only $40 apiece. Anyone tried them?

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Old 10-28-2009, 11:50 PM   #5
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I'd first check the junkyards in your area first. If none are available then shop online, check the links above as well.

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Old 10-29-2009, 02:08 PM   #6
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Dealer wants $192 a piece.

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too bad, i just sold a nice one on ebay for $31.00! it looked like new...

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Old 10-29-2009, 02:10 PM   #7
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Dealer wants $192 a piece.

That about right? Any aftermarket ones that don't have fit/finish issues?
i would stick witn oem. i bought an aftermarket light for my dad's malibu & it didn't fit right. gaps here & there as it's not made with factory molds. if you want to buy aftermarket, caveat emptor...

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Old 10-29-2009, 02:12 PM   #8
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is it full of water like most? when i see a 2001-2002 saturn sc2 parked anywhere 99% of the time their lights are water logged...

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Old 10-29-2009, 07:40 PM   #9
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is it full of water like most? when i see a 2001-2002 saturn sc2 parked anywhere 99% of the time their lights are water logged...
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Old 10-29-2009, 08:24 PM   #10
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Ahh yep.
ya both of my headlamps were replaced, the driver's side fog lamp & both backup lights were replaced all due to moisture. ya know what, it costs enough just to maintain normal items on your car like oil changes, but to constantly replace items such as expensive lamp housings just because the friggen morons don't know how to manufacture them to begin with? it's just a shame...

i'm sorry, but that's just not right.....

all they had to do is to seal them better, not rocket science right? but NO! that makes way too much sense doesn't it?

sometimes i really think car manufacturers make shabby parts on purpose just to make money on replacements, but that backfires when people then question their quality control & go elsewhere for a car...

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:28 PM   #11
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Ahh yep.
if ya want to save money, just remove the housings & silicone over the seam where the lamp is put together. many do this & it works, but in my case i always just replace them with factory new units, because i'm a freak with stuff like that & i hate it when my lights look sloppy with that silicone around them. it just looks unsighty, but it does work....

i hate it because i'm playing right into their hands, but what can i do?

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:50 PM   #12
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Got the same problem here. Gonna try some silica gel bags in the housings for a day or two, and then silicone the seams up.

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Old 10-29-2009, 09:21 PM   #13
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Got the same problem here. Gonna try some silica gel bags in the housings for a day or two, and then silicone the seams up.
do not put ANYTHUNG repeat ANYTHING in those housings! the silver reflector is easily damaged. just let them dry out in the house over night. if they are dirty inside from all the water, try some distilled water & maybe a little dish soap, swirl it around & only wash with distilled water, because if ya use chlorine water, that will leave water spots. anyway after the washout, let them dry out naturally, don't force dry them like with a hair dryer because again that can leave spots. they will dry out over night no problem. put a bead of clear silicone around the seam where the light is put together, & that should do it. make sure the o-rings around the bulbs are sealing, maybe lube them with silicone grease & check the breather hoses for obstructions....

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Old 10-29-2009, 10:51 PM   #14
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do not put ANYTHUNG repeat ANYTHING in those housings! the silver reflector is easily damaged. just let them dry out in the house over night. if they are dirty inside from all the water, try some distilled water & maybe a little dish soap, swirl it around & only wash with distilled water, because if ya use chlorine water, that will leave water spots. anyway after the washout, let them dry out naturally, don't force dry them like with a hair dryer because again that can leave spots. they will dry out over night no problem. put a bead of clear silicone around the seam where the light is put together, & that should do it. make sure the o-rings around the bulbs are sealing, maybe lube them with silicone grease & check the breather hoses for obstructions....
So, pull 'em off and bring 'em in for the night and just let 'em sit?

Should I put them under a desk lamp or something just to kinda catalyze the process?

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Old 10-29-2009, 11:42 PM   #15
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So, pull 'em off and bring 'em in for the night and just let 'em sit?

Should I put them under a desk lamp or something just to kinda catalyze the process?
they will dry just leave them sit somewhere where it's not dusty.

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Old 11-02-2009, 01:58 PM   #16
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So, pull 'em off and bring 'em in for the night and just let 'em sit?

Should I put them under a desk lamp or something just to kinda catalyze the process?
so did ya fix the leaky lights? i just seen a blue 2001-2002 sc2 here in a local supermarket & that reminded me of your car. their lights were identical to yours. is your fog lights also wet inside? if so it's the same repair....

it looks like in your pics the driver's side fot is cloudy unless it's just photogrophy doing that...

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I doubt there is much aftermarket stuff. Remember, the tuners never thought Saturn S's were cool, so we Saturn owners were spared some of the outright JUNK marketed to the tuner crowd.

OE, new or used, if you can. If the clearcoat has worn off and the lens is hazed, there are now plenty of products to make them optically clear again.

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Old 11-02-2009, 10:17 PM   #18
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I doubt there is much aftermarket stuff. Remember, the tuners never thought Saturn S's were cool, so we Saturn owners were spared some of the outright JUNK marketed to the tuner crowd.

OE, new or used, if you can. If the clearcoat has worn off and the lens is hazed, there are now plenty of products to make them optically clear again.
i wasn't talking about hazed lenses, i was referring to water in the headlamp assembly a saturn problem...

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so did ya fix the leaky lights? i just seen a blue 2001-2002 sc2 here in a local supermarket & that reminded me of your car. their lights were identical to yours. is your fog lights also wet inside? if so it's the same repair....

it looks like in your pics the driver's side fot is cloudy unless it's just photogrophy doing that...
I pulled the housings off and brought 'em inside to let them dry out and sure enough, they dried right up. Took about 5 hours, but they look great now.

My fog lights are fine, however. A little yellowed, but not foggy.

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Old 11-03-2009, 08:36 AM   #20
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What about the headlights from RockAuto? The mid-price ones are only $40 apiece. Anyone tried them?
I bought the headlight assembly from RockAuto for the 2001 sc1. I had water in headlight problem. The headlight from RockAuto is a great replacement. No fitment issues, no fogginess, no water. perfect for much less than dealer. I think I payed around $104, dealer wanted $178.

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