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Old 10-17-2010, 10:15 AM   #1
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Ok, this is different from the off-road question I asked earlier. Where have you gone in your VUE? I see some people post about driving to Texas from Colorado and back.

I drove from Vancouver, British Columbia to Victorville, California and back to Washington state in mine.I stopped off in Sacramento and picked up 3 more people on the way down and dropped them back off on the way back. It managed to take the Grapevine with that load passing other vehicles with ease. It got great mileage down and back with the average of 26 mpgs. I was thinking about driving to Georgia and back next year but changed my mind because I just started school and won't have the time, but Lost Wages seems do-able.

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Old 10-17-2010, 03:03 PM   #2
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This is sad... My VUE left Louisiana only twice in 4.7 years. Once to Mississippi to evacuate for Hurricane Gustav, and the other to Alabama to go to a funeral.

Each time the highway mileage was in the very high 20's. Driving ~75 mph.

I had a 2010 Grand Marquis this week and at 70mph the DIC said we were getting 29mpg. Not shabby for a V8 powered dinosaur.

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Old 10-17-2010, 03:54 PM   #3
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Longest trip we ever did so far with the wifes '02 was approximately 700 km away from home base (Edmonton, AB to Cranbrook, BC). Total round trip of approximately 1600 km. Not very far but overall we were extremely impressed by how well the truck did. We were loaded to the gills with stuff (week long trip and 1.75 year old to keep entertained).

The mileage was excellent, the ride was good and the truck had plenty of passing power. The 3.0L gets dismissed pretty easily around here because it isn't the famed Honda 3.5L (which I love and have in my truck) but it holds its own.

The longest trip the '06 has went on so far is to visit my folks about 200 km out of the city (round trip of 400 km). Definitely an overall smoother engine on the highway and power in spades when needed. Mileage wasn't super but mostly because I was "experimenting" with my then new purchase.

I think these are great vehicles for long trips. Lots of room but not a boat to handle on the road. Plus they are nimble enough and have power when it counts.

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
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Well, our Vue had to travel a pretty long way just to get to us and the dealer so we could buy it. So, Spring Hill TN to Honolulu, HI. In fact, we bought it while it was still in transit. Once we transferred back to the mainland it followed us to Seattle, WA. Shortly thereafter it was a 4200 mile round trip to the Midwest. Oh, we have driven to Oregon for a weekend getaway, but nothing like we did the fall of 2003 to the Wisconsin.

Love the heated leather seats and sunroof. I really like the Opel based V6 since it is basically the same engine I have in our 2000 LS2.

Oh, the LS2? Wisconsin to Long Beach, CA and then on the boat to Hawaii. Then from Hawaii on a boat to Seattle. From that point in Seattle in 2003 it hasn't departed the state, but wow did it stretch it's legs before then.

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:26 PM   #5
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Ours has been on 2 trips to Kiawah Island South Carolina and several trips to Kingsport Tenn. and several to Asheville North Carolina. Thats about as far as ours has gone.

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Old 10-17-2010, 07:40 PM   #6
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I put 400 miles on it when I first bought it in Feb. Only had 7 months thou. I got 31 avg. mpg on trip. Never got that again. LOL I drive 98% city so mileage is low. Since I got it I avg. 20 mpg and I keep track on every fill up. I use www.fueleconomy.gov.

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Old 10-17-2010, 10:34 PM   #7
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One 2,500 mile road trip through 11 states last summer. Here's my post with some thoughts, stats and pics:
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...ight=road+trip

Plus it has drained many tanks of gas on the interstates of the mid-west prior to this massive road trip.

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Old 10-17-2010, 10:42 PM   #8
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Well...my mom and younger sis live 2 hours away from me...although it is not an out of state venture...I have put on 800 miles just the 1st week owning it,and about 2600 miles total in less than 2 months.

I have traveled all over western NY in my SL,still nothing out of state...those NY to TX,and NY to NM trips were in my retired 93 escort wagon..hoping to make the NM trip in spring with the Vue.

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Old 10-18-2010, 12:13 PM   #9
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All over FL looking at schools, and then part of GA on that same trip. The gf wanted to see Georgia, we turned around after we got scared that all the billboards along the interstate were for bibles.

But yeah, it's been to every part of FL outside of the really really west part (like Pensacola) and Jacksonville.

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Old 10-18-2010, 12:44 PM   #10
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I still consider Rochester, NY home, but got school in Raleigh, NC. I make the 1300 mile round trip about 3 times per year (Christmas, 4th of July, Wedding/Another reason). Also, from Raleigh I travel to Columbus, OH and Newark, DE about once each year to visit other friends at school.
Although, with this stupid vibration I have at high speeds (fixed everything under the sun pretty much, to no avail) we've been starting to take my girlfriend's 09 Focus which gets way better gas mileage.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:15 PM   #11
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Just did a northern-IL to ATL and back round tripper for my brother-in-law's funeral. Averaged 24mpg, even through mountains (Smokies), and in 80-mph-5-lanes-across rush hour traffic into and around Atlanta.

I hate that town.

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Old 10-24-2010, 10:45 PM   #12
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I still consider Rochester, NY home, but got school in Raleigh, NC. I make the 1300 mile round trip about 3 times per year (Christmas, 4th of July, Wedding/Another reason). Also, from Raleigh I travel to Columbus, OH and Newark, DE about once each year to visit other friends at school.
Although, with this stupid vibration I have at high speeds (fixed everything under the sun pretty much, to no avail) we've been starting to take my girlfriend's 09 Focus which gets way better gas mileage.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:27 PM   #13
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My first Vue was a 04 5-speed manual. I drove it back and forth from Atlanta GA to Benton Harbor MI serveral times and I also drove from Atlanta to Helena Mt and back.

My current Vue is 04 V6 auto. I just got back from a trip up to Oskosh Wi.

I also have a 08 Astra which I drove to Washington DC last year but I guess that would be for another thread.

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Old 10-24-2010, 10:11 PM   #14
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My first Vue was a 04 5-speed manual. I drove it back and forth from Atlanta GA to Benton Harbor MI serveral times and I also drove from Atlanta to Helena Mt and back.

My current Vue is 04 V6 auto. I just got back from a trip up to Oskosh Wi.

I also have a 08 Astra which I drove to Washington DC last year but I guess that would be for another thread.
You can post about your Astra here.

Anyone who wants to share their travels in ANY Saturn, feel free to post here. If I know how to change the subject from VUEs to Saturn, I would.

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Old 10-24-2010, 11:47 PM   #15
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Repost from Jason's invite thread in the S-series section.. I don't have a Vue, but I do still have a Saturn, and here's where it's been so far, in no particular order:

Mammoth Cave (and I must say it's a treat, I recommend going )
Red River Gorge
Indianapolis, IN
all the SW Indiana Casinos to the best of my knowledge (Hollywood (formerly Argosy), Grand Vic, Belterra, Horseshoe)
Work
College
West Chester, OH
Kenton, OH (several times)
Grocery Store
Louisville, KY

Still want to visit:
Atlantic City, NJ (again)
Detroit, MI
Flint, MI
Saginaw, MI
Pontiac, MI
Spring Hill, TN
Tunica, Mississippi
Boston, MA (probably when I get a bit better at driving, and have a tank mobile at my disposal, like Bobby's Grand Marquis )

also Bobby, good to hear that the Grand Marquis you have/had reported back 29 MPG @ 70mph... Still, it's almost expected (bordering surprising ) from a V8 in a car application; hell even Corvettes and Mustangs can/could get about 26-28 MPG on the highway

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Old 10-25-2010, 08:49 AM   #16
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hell even Corvettes and Mustangs can/could get about 26-28 MPG on the highway
I know guys with Corvettes that get over 30 mpgs on the highway.

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Old 10-25-2010, 04:35 PM   #17
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Well i got my LS1 on the 11th, it had 169,643 miles on it, and now it has about 170,500 miles on it.

Ive taken it around town mostly, i live in clovis CA, and i took it down to sanger CA to the super walmart one night and then took it up to madera CA for a haunted cornfield maze another night.

Overall you wouldnt know its 170k miles from driving it.

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Old 10-27-2010, 06:59 PM   #18
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I've gone across Lake Michigan in my Vue (twice).

...OK, I wasn't in my Vue during the trip, but it was in the lower deck of the Lake Express Ferry while we were enjoying the "vue" from the upper deck.

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Old 10-29-2010, 06:33 PM   #19
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In December of 2008 we went from Reading to Pittsburgh to Greenville and back. It was just shy of 900 miles and I averaged 28.6 mpg combined. I would say the trip was 80% highway so imagine if it was ALL highway. Wow!

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Old 10-30-2010, 02:14 AM   #20
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When I bought my VUE, I knew i was going to use it for traveling. Since then...

While living in Phoenix:
All over the state of AZ, Northern AZ is beautiful.
Southern Cali
Southern N.M.
2 - 3 times a year going from Phoenix to El Paso and back (visiting family), we did this for 4 years.

Then we moved to Atlanta, Ga and drove both Saturn across N.M., TX, LA, MS, AL and finally GA.

While in Atlanta
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Tennessee
Florida
and at least once a year we go from Atlanta to El Paso and back.

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