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2000 L-Series 2.2L Sedan
Default Re: ION Quad longevity query

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Originally Posted by Jeff Porteous View Post
I'm told by trusted sources that I have AT LEAST another 60k+ miles to go before this becomes of any concern, but I'm trying to plan for the future...
What is the basis for this "60k+ miles to go before this becomes of any concern?"

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Originally Posted by Jeff Porteous View Post
I'm figuring that down the line I may need a whole new engine put in, or custom restorative suspension work, or...whatever. But I am woefully naive about such things and am wondering if anyone on here could point me in reliable, trustworthy directions for such future work, potentially at least, anywhere in Southern California. (I mean, I know there are specialty shops which just rebuild Mustangs, for instance.)

Any advice, anyone? There is strong sentimentality at stake here!
My experience where I live is that there are no independent repair shops that consider themselves as Saturn specialists. It appears that most Saturn owners tended to visit the dealer for much of their repair work, or would perform as much of it as possible for themselves. I suspect it will be difficult - not impossible - to find such a specialist.

Given your city location, you and I are about 25 miles apart. Here in SoCal you have little to worry about regarding rust unless you live close the beach and your car is constantly exposed to the saltier air. If your car is not in a garage, or at a car port, when at home then the clear coat paint layer may become degraded more quickly over time. It may also cause discoloration of the interior to some degree and the headliner fabric may sag or separate from the headliner eventually. That's about all that can happen in our area with regard to how nature may wear our vehicles down. So what it really comes down to is this: what is the current condition of the engine? Without tearing an engine apart no one can ever know precisely, we can only go by how the vehicle is currently performing.

To get a better idea of the longevity you might be able to expect we'd need you to provide some information:
1) Current mileage; 2) Maintenance history, including oil change frequency and quality of oil and filters used; 3) Major repairs of note; 4) Driveability concerns past and present, if any.
Since I'm not familiar with which engine is in your vehicle, I'd want to know which 4 cyl. engine it is that you have.

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