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Old 07-06-2017, 08:18 PM   #1
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or remain forgotten and why do they have such low respect in the car world ie not the same way one would keep a corvette garaged and only taken out on nice days

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Old 07-07-2017, 10:48 AM   #2
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Depending on which Saturn, example S series, good ones will probably demand more $$$$ than comparable makes if in good condition. No other small cars (except Fieros) have plastic panels.

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Old 10-15-2017, 12:27 AM   #3
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I don't mean to resurrect a three month old thread, just bored and wanted to join in.There's that saying; everything's worth something to somebody. There are people that absolutely hate Saturn and take the cars as a joke. There are others (like this site) full of enthusiast. The thing is, I think the enthusiast only exist because there are Saturn's still on the road.

I've thought about it a lot in typing this. I think somewhere down the road, 50-100+ years from now, someone will seek out a Saturn. Somebody rich/notorious (maybe someone like Jay Leno is today) that wants an oddball/different car to collect will go for a Saturn. It's part of GM's history. And there are a few extremely collectible Saturn's out there, including the very rare SC2 Bumblee, the Ion Redline, and the Sky. Somebody will want to drive it, feel it, and preserve it. I agree with the plastic doors/body comment as well. Just because it's such a rarity by today's standards. Someone will see something unique in it.

That being said, I think the Saturn and it's history will ultimately fade into obscurity over time. People will collect them, but, like OP said, Saturn is not Corvette. It does not carry the same history or legacy. And people that collect and have the money to do so, most want the creme of the crop. They are gonna go for those Corvette's, the Camaro, the GTO, etc. People don't drool over Saturn's or dream of owning one.

Just put yourself in a collectors shoes for a minute. Say you become a millionaire someday, you have tens/hundreds of millions sitting in the bank. Would you REALLY want a Saturn with all that money? Maybe for nostalgia or respecting your roots you'll want one. Or like I said above, enough time goes by that some of the oddball ones become extremely collectible. But most people are gonna go for the good stuff. They want sports cars, ferarri's, high-end goods.

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Old 10-15-2017, 10:12 AM   #4
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sad as it is i think they will just fade away. the only one i can see being worth big bucks is a 2010 sky. 8 built. 21 pontiac soltices built at the same time. ive seen them for sale for abt 70k.

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Old 10-15-2017, 11:29 PM   #5
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This one went for $5-5,500 in Louisville last month - https://www.mecum.com/lots/LS0917-29...97-saturn-sc1/

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Old 10-16-2017, 10:33 AM   #6
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Try to find information out of a book called Cars of Particular Interest (CPI), possibly referred to as the CPI Index, if you know of a mechanic or someone in the auto sales business who has one. This book will contain information about cars that are nearing, or are in the "classic" age (25 years or more). Perhaps Saturns may be listed in there and if so it would give us a clue as to how valuable these cars are becoming as they've aged. I haven't checked yet, but this information might be able to be found - to some degree - through an internet search.

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Old 10-16-2017, 11:06 AM   #7
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I highly doubt these things will ever go up in value.

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Old 10-16-2017, 04:21 PM   #8
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Unfortunately I have to agree with RedRocketZ28. Saturn's don't really hit on the key markers that leads to a vehicle increasing in value.

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Old 11-21-2017, 10:53 PM   #9
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sad as it is i think they will just fade away. the only one i can see being worth big bucks is a 2010 sky. 8 built. 21 pontiac soltices built at the same time. ive seen them for sale for abt 70k.
Guy up the street from me has a Sky, its garage kept! only brings it out on nice days.

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Old 12-22-2017, 07:56 PM   #10
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This one went for $5-5,500 in Louisville last month - https://www.mecum.com/lots/LS0917-29...97-saturn-sc1/
To be fair, that's the exception, not the rule. The low mileage (an odometer reading of 9125?) and near pristine condition didn't hurt.


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Old 12-28-2017, 07:00 PM   #11
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Yes.

Someday they will increase in value.

Data - a decent condition 1969 Chevy Nova - which was once a very pedestrian, run of the mill car - is now worth more than it went for new.

Why?

Because, lotsa guys had one in high school, and now have the money to " re- buy their youth".

If you polled - you'd find that most of the people who drove an S series in high school are still 10-20 years from retirement. When they get closer to that age, demand and therefore prices will go up.

My guess - is the SC2 - especially gen1 - will be the hot ticket...

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Old 01-02-2018, 04:50 PM   #12
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I have a '99 SL 5spd with no options no power steering, no rear speakers, no tape deck, etc. that I regrettably have done some things to since getting it with 89k miles a few years back: added Homecoming white gauges, stickers to the rear windows, tint, amp kit for a sub (meaning a hole in the firewall), added OEM cruise control and had the computer flashed, things like that.

Honestly, if I could, I would take it all back *and likely still will to the best of my ability, as in the next six years, my car will be certified as classic where I live, and I believe by that point in most states.

At that point, I doubt the car will be worth much. These Saturns, among many other of its contemporaries (e.g. Honda Civic), last WAY longer than cars a few decades before used to in terms of general reliability, body /frame rust, and perceived "safety" (there's still a bunch of rednecks where I live who think dual airbags equals good safety). However, as Mr. Regular over on RegularCarReviews on YouTube pointed out in his stock Ford Falcon video, "Some classic cars are just regular cars." And I'll be damned if I let my Saturn continue as a daily once it hits classic status.

My Saturn in particular is odd. The previous owner was the original owner, kept it in a garage all its life and serviced it only at the local Saturn dealership until the company went under, after which he continued service at a Cadillac dealership. The car went several years without moving at all, but the owner was sensible enough to put in the right fluids when not running. When I got it, I was astonished not at how clean the outside was, but the fact that the interior had not one single scratch anywhere. Not on the door sill, not along the console, not on the steering wheel. No blemish anywhere, and the passenger airbag warning that was meant for the first owner to remove from the glove box still hung out, waiting to be tugged. Suffice it to say I didn't.

I dreaded dailying this thing when I got it a few years back, but I was in dire straits financially, and the guy sold it for a more than reasonable price. I've kept the car well conditioned since, but being a daily, I ended up modifying it nevertheless. Each part added made me cringe a little more, and it's made me realize that you just can't daily a car you want to preserve, when you have to make accommodations to fit your daily life.

I kept my original gauge cluster, radio, and paper cone speakers (which were still fine), so I can replace those at any time. The objective now is to find a new daily, which will be in the foreseeable future. Once I do that, I intend to keep the car, but only if I can garage it, as it's been left out in the elements without a garage or carport the entire time I've owned it. Paranoid as such, I've treated the window wipes and door seals once every few months, but I'll never be happy unless I can remove it from the weather and keep it dry when not being driven.

But why would anyone want to do that with a cheap Saturn? Especially one without any options? At least, that's what a lot of people where I live would ask.

You get all the big-name, highfalutin classics like Mustangs and Gran Nationals which have been well-preserved over the decades, modern classics like the Mazda RX-7 FD and Nissan S14 which have often been beat to hell by street racers (and thus need lots of restoration) all these cars garner a lot of attention and notoriety, thus they have a large community of impassioned folk (with money!) who will take care of these vehicles and their lineage. But economy cars? Just a few years ago, people would've laughed if you rode up to a car show in a mid-80s Chrysler K platform car, like a Plymouth Reliant. They certainly didn't have as big a following over the years as muscle cars, and thus were often neglected, junked, or drove into the ground. Now they're fairly rare, and gaining attention.

The same will likely be true of Saturns in about a decade or two, starting with the S-series. More have to kick the bucket though (which is difficult in and of itself ), and there has to be more interest in econo-classics. Interest is definitely developing though, both thanks to youngin's and their fascination with all things retro, plus the realization that modern cars built predominately with plastics are far more difficult to restore, and thus are better left being preserved. I think you'll see classics in the future from the 80s and 90s that are mostly preserved than restored, as once OEM parts run out and third-party manufacturers turn their attention elsewhere, we'll be left with 3D printing as the only solution for certain problems, especially with interior pieces.

I personally intend to rein in my SL back to stock once I get a new car. That will require another flash of the computer, plugging the hole in the firewall, finding a steering wheel frame that hasn't been hacked away at to add cruise control switches, etc. But I think it's worth it. The car may not be "valuable" in terms of resale value, either now or in any foreseeable future. But it's valuable to me, and as mentioned in a previous post, to certain individuals out there. Get the right person with the right memories, and any car, cheap or expensive, can be valuable.

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