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Old 03-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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While the divorce papers have been filed and delivered there will always be a small torch carried.

After 237K with an oil pan gasket seeping, a seeping plastic side tank on the radiator, worn tie rod ends, warped rear sway bar end links, non functioning interior dome lights, leaky passengers side door, rust in the frame, it was time. The 2001 SC2 limited edition yellow is no more. She will turn twelve next month.

So ends my fifteen years of Saturn ownership. From a 94 SL2 to a 95SC2 to the 2001 SC2 limited edition yellow. Some 40+ SCCA Solo races in ES and STS including 3rd place at the Canadian Nationals. 1st in the ProSolo Bonus Round in VA in 99? I will miss Saturn.


The new fling has already started with a 2005 Nissan 350Z, in yellow of course. Only 9400 miles young. The future is wide open.

- C. Thomas

P.S. Hey GM, the odds of me ever owning another one of your vehicles are slim to none. You kept Buick over Saturn? That proves you have NO vision.

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Old 03-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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I also own a V-6 Nissan. Great engine. Best wishes with the price of gasoline.

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Old 03-27-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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While the divorce papers have been filed and delivered there will always be a small torch carried.

After 237K with an oil pan gasket seeping, a seeping plastic side tank on the radiator, worn tie rod ends, warped rear sway bar end links, non functioning interior dome lights, leaky passengers side door, rust in the frame, it was time. The 2001 SC2 limited edition yellow is no more. She will turn twelve next month.

So ends my fifteen years of Saturn ownership. From a 94 SL2 to a 95SC2 to the 2001 SC2 limited edition yellow. Some 40+ SCCA Solo races in ES and STS including 3rd place at the Canadian Nationals. 1st in the ProSolo Bonus Round in VA in 99? I will miss Saturn.


The new fling has already started with a 2005 Nissan 350Z, in yellow of course. Only 9400 miles young. The future is wide open.

- C. Thomas

P.S. Hey GM, the odds of me ever owning another one of your vehicles are slim to none. You kept Buick over Saturn? That proves you have NO vision.
Sorry to see that the car will be going away. Just FYI, one of the reasons why GM kept Buick is because Buick sales globally in China are like Gold. Just saying...the Chinese are having a huge love affair with Buicks.

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Old 03-27-2011, 04:37 PM   #4
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Sorry to see that the car will be going away. Just FYI, one of the reasons why GM kept Buick is because Buick sales globally in China are like Gold. Just saying...the Chinese are having a huge love affair with Buicks.
They must all be old people.

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Old 03-27-2011, 06:29 PM   #5
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They must all be old people.
Actually most business professionals in China prefer Buicks... odd, I know. But Buick sales in China have been skyrocketing since the late 1990s/early 2000s...

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Old 03-27-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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I also own a V-6 Nissan. Great engine. Best wishes with the price of gasoline.
I've owned 2 VQ35's and VQ30... I consider them an addiction of sorts.

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Old 03-27-2011, 08:23 PM   #7
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They must all be old people.
Actually no. They are very popular with young folks. It's the affordable cool car if you can't afford a Bimmer or an Audi. Affordable is relative. Figure 2-3 times the cost of the same Buick here since there's a huge tax on "imported" cars. A lot of the Buicks are actually assembled locally.

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Old 03-28-2011, 03:00 AM   #8
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If you got 237k miles, it died with it's boots on.

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rust in the frame, it was time. The 2001 SC2 limited edition yellow is no more. She will turn twelve next month
Sorry to hear

What is happening with the car, junkyard or trade-in? Is the rust on the front subframe/engine cradle, or the body-frame? Any parts that can be saved (dibs! seats, shift knob, brake handle, seats)

Wonder how mad my wife would be if I flew out for the car?

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After 237K with an oil pan gasket seeping, a seeping plastic side tank on the radiator, worn tie rod ends, warped rear sway bar end links, non functioning interior dome lights, leaky passengers side door
I think I can handle these things - I know it makes no financial sense to do so

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Old 03-28-2011, 11:32 AM   #10
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I will miss Saturn.

Hey GM, the odds of me ever owning another one of your vehicles are slim to none.
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:33 PM   #11
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I agree 100%
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(Unless i get enough cash to get a CTS-V sportwagon)

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Old 03-28-2011, 07:14 PM   #12
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Sorry to hear

What is happening with the car, junkyard or trade-in? Is the rust on the front subframe/engine cradle, or the body-frame? Any parts that can be saved (dibs! seats, shift knob, brake handle, seats)

Wonder how mad my wife would be if I flew out for the car?

I think I can handle these things - I know it makes no financial sense to do so
The car is located at AutoFinders at 1515 Bristol Pike in Bensalem PA.
http://www.autofinderspa.com/

The rust is coming through the frame under the third door.

I suspect if you offered them more than $500 for it they would take it. If you are interested call them soon as I don't know how long they will hold onto it before selling it off at auction.

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Thanks, Chris! Not seeing it on their inventory - they may have just junked it. I will contact them to see what happened to the car.

edit: hmmm, bensalem is on the far east end of PA Not sure I'm sufficiently motivated for that

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Old 04-01-2011, 01:04 PM   #14
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I doubt it will ever be listed on thier website. It will probably go straight to auction. I have to go there this sweekend to get the extra keys for my Z, I will see if it is still there.

If anyone does by it let me know, I have the _Complete_ repair history, all receipts, service records, milage logs etc.

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