Check all locks (both doors and trunk) as they are known to sieze (I have to go through passenger side ).
The retractable antenna is likely to be broken, or the motor worn out, check to make sure you get reception at various locations on a test drive.
Misc. Electrical Operation(s)
This should not have to be said, but check all operation of the electrical devices such as: rear defogger, wipers (front - intermittent esp., rear - if applicable), power door locks (again), headlights (the switch on the mast, and the button on the dash, both up and down), cruise control (if applicable).
Known to not work in many 240s for various reasons; can be expensive to fix as a change-over will probably be required.
A common problem that can be a bugger to solve … drive around for a bit and watch the idle when you clutch in and hit the brakes at a stop.
A lot of people have trouble with the cars dying out then or idle dropping to a really low level … to a range of problems. I had this problem but it was solved by a simple cleaning of the main engine harnesses, others havn’t been so lucky.
Uh…sorry to break up the love fest, but maybe I should get a 91+?
Y’all just scared the CRAP out of me!
I was about to check out a 90 at a lot in Whitby tomorrow. Honestly, thanks for the heads-up, but wow!
In a nutshell, should I understand the car is a great ride, but body and electrical problems?
I’m on a budget, and wouldn’t be able to dump a load of cash into the car for a while (over winter maybe). Is this a bad buy cause I don’t have a wad to blow? Or is it better so I can find and fix the little leaks and squeaks before the bad weather?
Well you’re not buying a 15 year old car for $1000 and expecting perfect mechanical workings are you? Any car this old will start to show it’s weak spots … and we’ve just listed this car’s particulars. If you watch for these things when buying the car and manage to avoid them … you’ll have a solid ride. Good luck
Well you’re not buying a 15 year old car for $1000 and expecting perfect mechanical workings are you?
You gotta remember, I’m coming from the Saturn community and plastic cars.
I guess I was living in a bit of a fog, forgetting about rust and everything that happens in the real world!
All good points. I’ll report back tonight and get your opinions on this car. As I said, you gave me everything to look out for, and that’s awesome. Thanks
My bad! I forgot to mention that! I own a 2000 Saturn SL2, and the transmission is almost dead. I’ve had a few “unnatural” problems with the car, so for the same amount of money as a swap, I’m figuring I’d just get a car I’ve had a hard-on for. If no luck, then I stick with it and get the swap done. I’ll be falling into a Bimmer in '07, so I need something to kinda get me through till then.
So yeah, either spend the dough and fix the Saturn, or pick up a car that is more prone to stay fixed WHEN fixed.
I’ve been reading threads through SON like crazy, and don’t seem to find major mechanical issues, as opposed to other forums for certain GM-affiliated corporations. Plus, you guys and S13s come highly recommended.
hit the nail on the head about the locations of rust!
im having a friend go monster garage style on the floor / framerail near the exhaust… it should be Ok…i think it looks nastier than it is… I was quoted $500 from a frame shop to fix it all too…frames in the rear look fine since the car is oilsprayed every year.
I wonder how much of the strength of the car comes from that “frame” since its unibody…
and newer doesnt necessarily = more reliable. its all about how the previous owner treated their car and the condition its in. there are some 95s that are starting to rust to shi.t… but if u browse the forum… you’ll notice that there are a good handful of min s13s with minimal rust if any.
just had a couple of questions as i am looking to buy a new 240 myself and have found that most of the 240sx 91-94 have a rust new the towers under the hood? should i try to find one without the rust right beside the towers or this is usual and can be fixed for a lot of money?
Sorry for the crude attempt at drawing with my writing.