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Old 05-05-2018, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default A bit sadly, soon to no longer be a Saturn owner

When I first met my wife we both owned Saturn S-Series, her a 1999 SW2 and me a 2000 SL2. Soon we will no longer own any Saturn...

We've had our Saturns during a lot of big life experiences. I drove my SL2 when we met for the first time, when we got married we drove her SW2 to our honeymoon, plus taking road trips, going camping with the SW2, moving, driving to the hospital to have our first child and then bringing him home. We were in an accident in the SW2 and it was totaled but we (including our then 6 week old son) were all perfectly fine.

We replaced the SW2 with a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid which is taller with a bit more cargo capacity and room, but is nearly identical to the SW2 in overall length so is easy to maneuver, and which has given us nearly 30mpg average. The high ground clearance and 4WD has been helpful at times during the snowy winters as well.

The SL2 was my daily driver and commuting car and gave me 38mpg average over the past two years. With my long commute of 80+ miles per day we've been thinking for a while of getting something with even better fuel economy, plus something that would be even more safe as a family vehicle now that we have two children under 4 years old.

Recently we bought a 2010 Toyota Prius that I've been using as my daily driver, plus we've started using it for family errands on the weekends (we used to park the SL2 on weekends and use the Escape for any errands or family outings). The average of my last two fillups has been over 57mpg.

So my SL2 is now for sale... http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=234360 ...and we expect that soon it will be gone to a new home, hopefully to last a long time for the next owner. Over the years I did many maintenance and repair tasks on our Saturns, including fixing the transmission on the SW2 which I would have been much too intimidated to even attempt if not for the amazing depth of knowledge and help here at SaturnFans. May SaturnFans continue on for a long time. Thank you.

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2000 SL2: SOLD 2018-06-01 with 197,076 mi. (Replaced with 2010 Toyota Prius)
1999 SW2: TOTALED 2014-06-14 with 269,454mi. (Replaced with 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid)

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Old 05-06-2018, 11:37 AM   #2
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Default Re: A bit sadly, soon to no longer be a Saturn owner

They all have to go sooner or later. As for the memories and emotional attachments, that happens as well. I kept a truck I really didn't use for years for such reasons, but finally let it go.

Hopefully your car will go to someone that keeps using it and creating their own memories with it.


I've considered the SL1 me and my wife got new as a disposable car for quite a few years now. It owes us nothing. Yet every time I really think about getting rid of it, I end up keeping it. I had at least a year or two it probably only had 1-2 thousand miles use on it, but put it back into commuter duty the last couple years again.

I'll probably dump it when something big enough to fix happens. Until then, barring major issues it will at least stick around as a "spare" car so I've got something to drive if I'm doing service on one of the others.

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Old 05-07-2018, 09:00 AM   #3
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Default Re: A bit sadly, soon to no longer be a Saturn owner

I'm in the same boat right now...actually bought a newer car but I keep driving the Saturn trying to get as much life out of it as possible. It also owes me nothing. I bought it used but it has been there through thick and thin. I doubt my new car will last me as long. I have a couple issues with it right now but would still rely on it for a cross country trip if need be. Pretty good for an almost 20 year old car

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Old 06-03-2018, 03:28 PM   #4
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Default Re: A bit sadly, soon to no longer be a Saturn owner

My SL2 has been sold.

Thanks, all.

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Old 06-04-2018, 10:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: A bit sadly, soon to no longer be a Saturn owner

All the best with your newer cars

I'll get to the same place eventually.

My '98 SL2 is already in the 'backup car that sits there, never driven, but ready at a moments notice to be called into service again" role. (too expensive in MI to keep insurance on a car like that, so took the plate off, too)

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Old 06-04-2018, 10:40 AM   #6
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I will second that good luck with you new cars.

Thanks so much for passing on your special tool for tightening input shaft nut!
It has help save two SC2ís for my boys that they will drive now and when they go off top collage.

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