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Old 01-11-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Another low mile SL2 New engine


http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/4842598774.html

I would like to thank all of the people that refuse to spend $20 to change or even check their Saturn's oil level. I flip a Saturn about every 3 weeks thanks to you. I am glad there are sites like this for those of us with common sense that care about our investments. Although older, these cars have great value. Easy maintenance, low insurance, safe, and reliable.


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Old 01-11-2015, 10:40 PM   #2
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Car looks clean man! Good job!
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks! Few scratches that pictures won't show no matter what angle I try it from. I am assuming new owners aren't entering it in a beauty pageant though. Hope they change the oil and have a car for another 150K.
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Old 01-13-2015, 12:44 AM   #4
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I wish I knew enough to rebuild an engine. I am going to start learning using my redline as a starter.
In theory I would like to rebuild the motor on my 92sl1 being I only have a rough idea of the mileage.

And why not enter one into a beauty pageant? lmao
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:19 AM   #5
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Do you do a full rebuild or only what's obviously trashed? For example, do you re-ring them to get the oil control ring issue addressed and to restore the compression?
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:20 AM   #6
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Well, depends of course, but usually I explain to people that there is no cure in a can. When it comes to oil consumption or SMOG failure, the correct fix is a deep repair. I, like most, do not posses X-ray vision. So I explain that doing the head (seals, valve job etc) or rings isn't an option. Both is the only true way of stomping the beast out.

Yes you can do a compression test and see failed rings that probably are contributing to the oil loss, but why have head off and not do it? I can't. If I do that I will not get paid by the customer who is still unable to pass SMOG. The few times I have, it has been with the customer putting in writing that I am not responsible.

I charge between $1300-$1500 for parts, labor and machine work on a full rebuild. Includes fluids, bearing, timing set, piston rings, gaskets, head (valve job,guides, seals springs milled), water pump, thermostat, hot tank everything, clean out EGR, plugs, front and rear main seals, EVERYTHING.

Most garages charge that or more for a junkyard unit with unknown history. So once they hear my price, they usually jump on it. It's that or sell car for $300 with bad engine and buy another used one with, yet again, unknown history and someone elses problems.
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Old 01-14-2015, 05:21 PM   #7
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Well damn, id have you rebuild my 92 for me if I was closer. That is a damn good deal!
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:24 AM   #8
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LOL 1992 may not be worth the trip, but I have some people drive out and stay at a casino a couple night and drive home with new engine.

Where home?
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:37 AM   #9
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No offense to your 92 man, just meant that you can pick up a 2000 up with a knock or smoking for $500 and have the newer more efficient engine from last generation.

Sorry if I was rude with comment
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:29 AM   #10
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HA none taken. I paid $150 for it because the guy thought it needed a head gasket. Turned out it just needed a tune up.
Only reason I would want a rebuild is because he just estimated the mileage. The odometer is broken, and stuck at 70k, and I was estimated around 130-140k on it. So it would be nice to know the actual mileage.
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