How do you change the transmission fluid on a 2000 Saturn LS1?
Oh, I LOVE these kinds of conversations....How much is your car worth? According to Kelly BlueBook, a 2000 Saturn with 100K miles on the clock could be worth anything from about $1700 and $2700 depending on the condition and what equipment it has (as of the date of this post). I would venture to say that the transmission can be replaced for less than that.
Then , there is the "what is it worth to YOU" question. I am currently driving a car that I bought for $150 because the owner did not think it was "worth" the cost of a $2500 engine. I replaced the engine and have been driving the car completely trouble-free for over 5 years now. I have done NOTHING to it except change the oil an put gas in it during this time. (it is just now getting close to needing front brakes.)
Anyway, do the math: $150 (original cost) + $2500 (engine replacement) = $2650 total car cost. Divide that by 64 (the total number of months I have been driving the car) = $41.40 / month. NOW how much was that car worth? - you SURE can't buy a new one for that!!! Where I live, that would just about make a "down payment" on a monthly bus pass!
A service tech is probably the best person to ask what the car is worth. They can look at the condition of the ENTIRE car and see how much work is going to be needed to restore everything to good working condition. Have them check the engine, transmission, the steering and suspension, brakes, exhaust, computer network, all the accessories like power windows, door locks, etc., and have him give you an honest evaluation of the "big picture" before arbitrarilly making any decisions about what the car is worth.
My recommendation is get the car checked out by a professional repair technician who knows his stuff. Don't mess around with the transmission yourself. You will probably only be wasting money that could be better spent for either replacing the transmission, or putting a down payment on a newer vehicle.
May 02, 2012 |
2000 Saturn L-Series