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Old 04-06-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default S series buyers guide

I've been looking into some first gen s series cars, and I'm trying to determine what things are normal for these cars, and what aren't. For instance, I know that these early saturns all burn some oil, just a question of how much.

I do have some other questions and commonalities of a few different saturns I've looked at. How much are the parts to replace the recliners in the seats? I looked at one, and as soon as I sat down, the seat went all the way back. Also, when I pull the spark plug wires off, is it okay if the end of the spark plug wire is wet with oil? Does that mean there is a bad gasket?

What other common problems should I be looking for?

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Old 04-06-2007, 10:33 AM   #2
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There was a recall campaign that had to do with the seat reclining. It doesn't cover all VIN's (though I can't see why not) - you'd have to see where the particular car falls. If nothing else, a salvage yard should have one....

Oil in the plug wells is a leaking valve cover gasket. Fairly cheap and easy fix and doesn't take terribly long (maybe 2hrs if you work really slow).

Depending on the mileage of the car, the ECTS (use search function) may or may not have been changed. Another fairly cheap fix along with an hour or so of labor.

These cars will use oil. Not necessarily bad unless it's excessive - and it can be somewhat kept under control (search MMO soak). Be sure to keep the level topped off (standard protocol is to check level at every fill-up - at least until you get an idea of your cars consumption rate).

If you look in the how-to section, there is a used car buyers guide that can offer some insight. There are also some excellent...well..."how-to's" regarding some common repairs ranging from simple to complicated. Also - most members here are pretty helpful when you ask - though you may be remind to use the "search function" a few times

Good luck in your search

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Old 04-06-2007, 10:41 AM   #3
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Depending on the mileage of the car, the ECTS (use search function) may or may not have been changed. Another fairly cheap fix along with an hour or so of labor.
more like 20-30 min... for a first-timer.

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more like 20-30 min... for a first-timer.

Or, if you're me, about 2 and a half minutes, and I'm only a second timer with that one.

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