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Old 01-30-2021, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Questions about the ion considering buying one

My biggest concern is the check engine light the code is p0833.
They replace the clutch pedal switch at the shop however it is still coming on so the shop advise that it might be an electrical problem. Looking for insight on that as well as is there any common issues with air conditioners on these cars?
Iíve only owned S series Saturns but they are getting harder and harder to find decent shape in this ion looked OK and has low enough miles I donít mind fixing a few things what do you guys think of it? Price I should pay? Any input is appreciated!

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Here's some code info on the similar Cobalt: https://www.cobaltss.net/forums/prob...-i-get-158142/

As far as the AC, I recently read a good story on Hagerty that said if you can't fix it yourself, budget a thousand bucks and if you get by for less consider yourself lucky. Refrigerant doesn't leak without a reason, and often it's replacing a major component. Yea sometimes it's a 50 cent o-ring, but how often?
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This may help with error code P0833; http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=200465. If this problem isn't a faulty switch, the wiring and ecm are possible faults.

The seller lists a cracked windshield - expensive replacement if you have it replaced to pass inspection. This might be worth negotiating a lower price. The same for repairing the error code - presume you'd have to pay for repairing it by dealer or repair shop and costs may be used to negotiate a lower price.

While the price seems ok, the obvious error code without correcting it despite claims of replacing a switch (receipt for repairs?) may prevent passing inspection. And presuming original clutch, unless you know or rode with the driver using it, you'd have no way to gauge clutch wear, whether its worn out or will last another 100k miles or less. City clutching usually wears out clutches sooner due to thousands of stop and go traffic putting severe wear and tear on clutch systems. Brakes too.

Ac repairs are unforgiving of mistakes. Diy repairs are usually hit or miss with the majority going with a can of sealer and recharging a system making the biggest mistake. No one in the repair business uses sealer because it damages their equipment by contaminating everything, adding to final repair costs. A smart diyer would make an initial diagnosis buying and using an inexpensive uv blacklight to illuminate dye used in factory installation of refrigerant to help every dealer/repair shop (they never reveal how they repair systems). Dye leaks out along with invisible refrigerant and any refrigerant oil to mark the leak site. Finding leaks (98% of ac problems) then decide on which way to proceed is the wiser method before contaminating a system with repairs in a can.
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