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Old 03-02-2020, 03:27 PM   #1
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So I finally said goodbye to my Satty this weekend. No compression meant a probable valve job that I don't have the time, space or effort for.

It's been a fun ride of 15 years (for me), and was never supposed to last this long. Bought it for $2600 on a whim for wanting to learn stick, and I probably only paid a three thousand or so in parts over the 15 years and 189k miles. Final mileage count was 287,678k miles.

I did remember that the original owner had kept the window sticker, so I wanted to post it here for funsies. I was only in high school in 1997 (bought it in 2005), so I didn't pay attention much. But to the "old-timers" here - is it really worth putting the "Maintenance Free Battery" and "Speedometer" on the window sticker?

Cheers to you all! Good luck on the roads.
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Awwww... Did you sell it or send it to the JY?
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Old 03-02-2020, 05:38 PM   #3
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... But to the "old-timers" here - is it really worth putting the "Maintenance Free Battery" and "Speedometer" on the window sticker? ....
That was back when the Government was trying to get drivers to actually look at the speedometer while driving. Back then, it worked. - Because I dont remember idiots creeping-up on my (bumper) unless I drive 65 in a 45mph residential zone. ..or, 110 in a 70mph highway zone.

Its a coincidence you bring-up the window sticker. I was just looking at my SC2s sticker yesterday. 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Ive never gone below 26, even in winter with short trips. I am still getting about 35 mpg summer.
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:26 PM   #4
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Car still looks pretty good. It is interesting when looking at what was considered safety equipment good enough to advertise back in the past century. 2 airbags, daytime running lights, side door beams and rear 3 point belts..
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It is a sad day for anyone when they say goodbye to a trusty Saturn. You did get your money's worth out of that car. I just happened to look at my door sticker last night on my 97 wagon and it was born 01/97 making it 23 years and 2 months old. It is creeping up on 200k and has saved me many thousands of dollars over the last 8+ years. You don't say goodbye to a friend like that without feeling bad.
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So the car started out in Houston, TX, any idea on how it ended up in CA enabling you to purchase it 15 years ago?.
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Awwww... Did you sell it or send it to the JY
It went to a local auto-dismantler. I looked around and there isn't much interest or value in Satty's in my local area.

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Car still looks pretty good.
Some of the panels are fine, but the clearcoat is gone on the hood and front. The trunk also has been leaking for a decade.. I dunno why I didn't fix it and stored a hand pump in the trunk instead. Probably for the "It'll just be one more year" mentality.

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So true, and a source of pride whenever someone asked "Why a Saturn?" In terms of straight value, I dunno if I'll ever beat the Satty!

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So the car started out in Houston, TX, any idea on how it ended up in CA enabling you to purchase it 15 years ago?.
From what I remember of the carfax, it had one owner before me (I got it from an intermediate dealer). I knew he moved to the Bay Area, so that's where I picked it up.
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