Buying a Hydro Blue - Final Checks - Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum
Getting Your Saturn Sky Forum for discussing the process of ordering/tracking/buying your Saturn Sky. Ever wonder what a VOMS is? How about an "image", or how cars are allocated? The answer probably lies within.

User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Buying a Hydro Blue - Final Checks

I really didn't want one right now. I wanted a few months and more cash saved up. But there are only 37 Hydro Automatic Redlines. Of that, plenty are Tan, and I want Black top, Black interior.

Well, one landed near me in of all places, CarMax. Monsoon audio, too.

By my guess, there are only 9-10 spec'ed this way - and this is the way I wanted it.

It does have 75,000 miles. And it cost me $16,599. I have five days to return it if that's a bad price, but considering it's Hydro Blue, I'm not complaining even with the miles.

Only bad spot I've found is the seat noise on the driver's side, some squeaking while moving like a plastic retainer clip is loose.

Going to the dealer on Monday. Going go try to get my local Pontiac dealer to take it because they see lots of Solstices, though they aren't "Saturn authorized".

Thoughts? Good deal? Bad deal? Tips for a Kappa admirer, but first time owner?
ChrisPrice is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 11:26 AM
Senior Member
 
davhamm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: SE Mi
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 462 Post(s)
Carmax prices seem to be fixed, and not the best but not to bad. Being a HydroBlue some owners think rarity means huge $$$ so the dealer route might not be to bad.

I did not see this one on Carmax, (its not there now) but there has been one in California that seems to come and go from Carmax, makes me wonder if there is not something wrong. Been a few months since I saw it listed but i know it higher millage, so might be the same one. Found an old email it had just over 71K miles. Was for sale end of Oct. in Ontario CA
davhamm is offline  
post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 01:00 PM
First 2000 Sr. Member
 
Sky4christ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 732
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Garage
Send a message via AIM to Sky4christ
I believe all hydro's had the monsoon, I have a Hydro as well Mines a Stick and I love it. I paid more than you did (by a bunch) about 8 months ago but mine only had 9K on it when I got it. I'd say its worth the almost 17K you spent but most may not agree. I've actually noticed a squeak myself in mine recently when I'm driving. not sure what it is unfortunately. There has been some discrepancy on how many auto vs stick's of the redlines that there were. one site I saw said 20 of the 49 hydro redlines were stick so that would leave 29 autos and I've also seen there were only 12 sticks so that would leave 37 auto's. either way its pretty rare which is just a fun fact. not sure if its really worth that much more, as it all depends on who is buying it.. I love mine and I hope you enjoy yours!

Driving an 08 Saturn Astra
To keep the miles off my garage queen (#58 of 89 Saturn Sky Hydro Blue Redline)
and contemplating Buying an old Opel GT
Sky4christ is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 02:08 PM
First 2000 Sr. Member
 
marlboromike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bonita Springs, Florida
Posts: 17,168
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 947 Post(s)
Garage
If it has 75K it was a daily driver (15K miles a year)...not a good beginning...and all I see is trouble ahead...remember, the fault finder finds fault even in Paradise...my car is an 06' with 36K...which car do u believe is cared for.
marlboromike is offline  
post #5 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 03:02 PM
Senior Member
 
SnowSky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 198
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Garage
I can't really offer any advice or share any mechanical knowledge ... but I just wanted to say the Hydro Blue is absolutely beautiful. From a female point of view ... for what it's worth.


First Sky - 2008 Polar White Redline, Black & Red Interior *Sold*
Second Sky - 2008 Red, Black Interior, Tinted Windows, Lighted Door Sills
SnowSky is offline  
post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 03:46 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mainz, Germany
Posts: 878
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by marlboromike View Post
If it has 75K it was a daily driver (15K miles a year)...not a good beginning...and all I see is trouble ahead...remember, the fault finder finds fault even in Paradise...my car is an 06' with 36K...which car do u believe is cared for.
Totally irrelevant. One of the most reliable vehicles I ever owned I bought with 155K miles that had been accumulated at a rate greater than 15K per year. I sold it with 218K still running perfectly. Conversely, I once bought a car with 9K miles and it was a total lemon.

Enjoy the new Sky.
mstrjon32 is offline  
post #7 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 04:40 PM
Senior Member
 
lllfly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
Posts: 2,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Garage
I looked to the left. Then I looked to the
right. Which one do I love best.
Stroken.
Redline always.
LLLFLY

08 PW R/L 5-spd,The Wolf
Goodyear Blimp flight 2010 NASSM
Best of Show Old Bridge,NJ 2011
Best Interior 2012 NASSM
2nd American Legends 2013
DDMWORKS Loaded, Wind Restrictor

Last edited by lllfly; 02-01-2014 at 06:53 PM.
lllfly is offline  
post #8 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 06:21 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just get the carfax and review it. Ask the dealer for the name of the previous owner. If they won't give it to you then walk away. If it checks out with the other owner then the price seems fair. Just drive it and have fun. Beats me why someone would think the car is gonna die at 100k.
Saltlife is offline  
post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 05:16 PM
Senior Member
 
davhamm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: SE Mi
Posts: 1,279
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 462 Post(s)
So Did you buy it? We want pics.
davhamm is offline  
post #10 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 05:44 PM
First 2000 Sr. Member
 
marlboromike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bonita Springs, Florida
Posts: 17,168
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 947 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by mstrjon32 View Post
Totally irrelevant. One of the most reliable vehicles I ever owned I bought with 155K miles that had been accumulated at a rate greater than 15K per year. I sold it with 218K still running perfectly. Conversely, I once bought a car with 9K miles and it was a total lemon.

Enjoy the new Sky.
It was not a SKY...this car has so many mechanical issues....is your head in the sand...just look at this forum and how many members are complaining. The turbo has more problems from being a turbo. Americans do not know how to built a turbo (yet)

Last edited by marlboromike; 02-02-2014 at 07:21 PM.
marlboromike is offline  
post #11 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 08:05 PM
Senior Member
 
lllfly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
Posts: 2,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Garage
My new car is a auto 2.4L CXL.
Lov the car.
Slow compare to my R/L.
LLLFLY

08 PW R/L 5-spd,The Wolf
Goodyear Blimp flight 2010 NASSM
Best of Show Old Bridge,NJ 2011
Best Interior 2012 NASSM
2nd American Legends 2013
DDMWORKS Loaded, Wind Restrictor
lllfly is offline  
post #12 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 11:26 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 126
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by marlboromike View Post
It was not a SKY...this car has so many mechanical issues....is your head in the sand...just look at this forum and how many members are complaining. The turbo has more problems from being a turbo. Americans do not know how to built a turbo (yet)
Guess I'm confused. If your opinion of the Sky is so bad then why haven't you ditched the car? Two and two doesn't add up to four.
Saltlife is offline  
post #13 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 12:43 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mainz, Germany
Posts: 878
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by marlboromike View Post
....is your head in the sand...
I wish, it's cold and rainy in Germany in the winter.
mstrjon32 is offline  
post #14 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 02:23 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by marlboromike View Post
Americans do not know how to built a turbo (yet)
Actually the K04 in the Redlines is a BorgWarner turbo, a very well-known company that makes some of the best turbos in the automotive industry. Saying that Americans built the turbo in the Sky is ignorant. Further, that K04 turbo has been around for years, and the ecotecs motors are nearly 15 years old.

Your blanket statements are just plain ignorant. There are LE5 and LNF kappas rolling around with 200k on the clock...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Saltlife View Post
Guess I'm confused. If your opinion of the Sky is so bad then why haven't you ditched the car? Two and two doesn't add up to four.
Mike just makes up tons of reasons that Redlines suck because he's stuck with a 2.4 that is slower than most modern minivans.
tf02 is offline  
post #15 of 48 (permalink) Old 02-03-2014, 06:20 AM
First 2000 Sr. Member
 
marlboromike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bonita Springs, Florida
Posts: 17,168
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 947 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by tf02 View Post
Actually the K04 in the Redlines is a BorgWarner turbo, a very well-known company that makes some of the best turbos in the automotive industry. Saying that Americans built the turbo in the Sky is ignorant. Further, that K04 turbo has been around for years, and the ecotecs motors are nearly 15 years old.

Your blanket statements are just plain ignorant. There are LE5 and LNF kappas rolling around with 200k on the clock...



Mike just makes up tons of reasons that Redlines suck because he's stuck with a 2.4 that is slower than most modern minivans.
Point well taken...except this forum is full of problems with the turbo...
marlboromike is offline  
Reply

  Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum > Saturn Sky Discussion > Getting Your Saturn Sky

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome