Need input on buying a Saturn - Please!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by So N Luv WiTH u, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. Hi All,
    I am thinking about buying a '99 Saturn SL with 119711 miles. It has a 2001
    DOHC engine with 30,000 miles (the engine has a 3000 mile warranty on it). The
    price is $3000. Does any one have any helpful information to help me make a
    decision? Any big potential problems with this make? Thanks!!!
    So N Luv WiTH u, Oct 12, 2003
  2. ....a plain SL came with a single cam engine - wonder how they got the twin
    cam to work with the single cam's computer??? I'm guessing this is a
    private party sale, yes?
    Jonnie Santos, Oct 12, 2003
  3. My mistake from my first post, it's a SL2 if that makes any difference. Do you
    think this is a bad idea to purchase this vehicle? Thanks for your help!
    So N Luv WiTH u, Oct 12, 2003
  4. Yes, the SL2 is the twin cam - I have the same in a 97 year model. The
    price sounds good - who did the engine swap (and why)...

    ....what does the rest of the group think? A few of you have swapped,
    rebuilt or had your engines replaced.
    Jonnie Santos, Oct 13, 2003
  5. So N Luv WiTH u

    GHOF Guest

    I have a 96 SL2 that was rebuilt - no no oil use, and it runs just fine.

    I bought it used with 40K miles - we pull it behind an RV. and we're gonna keep
    it until it is dust!!

    GHOF, Oct 13, 2003
  6. So N Luv WiTH u

    Napalm Heart Guest

    Sounds good. I swapped a '97 motor into a '96 SL2. Really a fairly
    straightforward R&R. If the person doing the work had a reasonable
    amount of mechanical ability the swap itself shouldn't be a problem.

    I'd check with your bank or credit union as to what they would value
    the vehicle at.

    Good luck and best wishes,

    Napalm Heart, Oct 14, 2003
  7. I just put a twin cam engine in place of a single cam engine and everything
    seems to to work fine so far, will know more after some miles are put on the
    Dennis Roslansky, Oct 16, 2003
  8. sure to post again after you get some hours under your belt - I'm
    surprised it's not throwing codes. Top speed cutoff and max rpm cutoff is
    different between the two engines. I'm not a tech (nor have I ever replaced
    an engine) so my concerns are totally armature.
    Jonnie Santos, Oct 16, 2003
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