What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
Illustration for article titled Why was this car so cheap and other dumb games with your host, I like cars!

As you may have seen in my last post, I purchased a 1994 Saturn SC2 from a fellow Oppo. I got title and plate squared away and drove it from his house to mine last night around 7 pm. I drove around a bit with my mom (just to scare her) and experienced no issue at the time. I am officially 19 hours into Saturn ownership. Boom, blown coolant hose.

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Illustration for article titled Why was this car so cheap and other dumb games with your host, I like cars!

Just a little blown. Replacement from RockAuto will be here by the 5th, plus a lower hose because it’s probably not too far from popping if the upper popped.

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Disclosure: this was not an unknown issue. I was warned that it had puked coolant from somewhere last winter while parked- I’ve yet to look too closely at the radiator, so as far as I know this is where it probably puked from. For now, I’m just driving it so problems present themselves so I know what needs fixed. So far:

  • Radiator Hose(s)
  • Exhaust (it’s ungodly loud, but in a good way)
  • Front shocks- it shakes a fair bit if I hit a bump in a corner. Not ideal!
  • Headlight motors- these actually function, but when I put the lights off/down, they make a grindy/clicky noise and come right back up after I let go of the switch. They’ll probably just stay up, honestly.
  • Steering wheel- kind of gunky, leaves black residue on my hands, is generally a little beat, as expected for a 25 year old car (a classic!). I might replace it with a Momo or something, I don’t see the ancient airbag doing me much good in a crash anyway
  • Odometer doesn’t work- non-issue, but I like to use it to calculate fuel economy, so I might pull it off and figure out the issue/replace it with a junkyard unit
  • The whole interior is kind of beat, but to an acceptable level. The clutch pedal squeaks. That’s the only interior bit that I have plans to touch.
  • AC is broken. Crank windows work fine, though, so this is a non-issue.

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