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Old 06-05-2019, 04:12 PM   #1
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Made on June 5, 1997, I bought it new Has been a good car. Just replaced head gasket. Now 197,000 miles.
As my high school math teacher said, Onward Onward never looking back!

Partial list of parts so far:
All 4 struts
several brake jobs
front wheel bearings
5-speed input shaft and seal
2 clutch jobs
couple mufflers and pipes
headliner
fixed trunk rust and leaks
painted gas tank straps
of course, the Toyota wiper bushings in shift linkage
starter
radiator
driver's door hinges
fuel pump- Saturn extended warranty
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Original axles, alternator, rear wheel bearings, shift cable,most light bulbs

I did almost all work myself, with help from this site, you know who you are
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Really? Only 197K miles after 22 years?? Aw shucks, this car is not even 2/3's or perhaps 1/2 way through its usable life!!

Congrats, this is great news!!
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Inspirational, Mike.

Keeping my 05 ION [bought new, 71-72,000 miles] and planning a maintenance/ preventive replacement schedule for 2020 and 2025.

I have had one car for 38 years and the third has been in my family since I first bought it in 1994 and is back in my driveway modeling new paint and fresh mechanical bits and pieces.

Keep the faith !!!!

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Oh yeah, the 95 Saturn SL1 in 05 [116,000 miles, and the reason for the ION] I bought and gave to my brother about 10 years ago just returned from a trip to NC from Tucson with nearly 200,000 miles on it and averaged 40-41 mpg.

He's crazed for the thing as you you can see in the photos from the trip
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I got socks older'n that.

The SO bought her 96 SC2 new and clocked 330,000 on it before it lost compression. I stuck in a rebuild and she got another 20,000 before rust took it's toll. It's a parts source now.

We got her another 96 SC2 with zero rust and 150,000 miles on the clock. This one won't get driven in the winter....
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Way to go, Mike!

Now that's staying power, even though the mileage is on the lower side, not even 10K miles per year.

By the summer of 2022, your Saturn could qualify for historic registration. Generally the rule is a vehicle must be 25 years or older, you may know better than me what the requirements are in Alabama.

Good luck keeping it running for as long as possible.

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Great stuff! I wish I knew how many miles I had on mine but the odometer quit working long ago.
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Way to go, Mike!

Now that's staying power, even though the mileage is on the lower side, not even 10K miles per year.

By the summer of 2022, your Saturn could qualify for historic registration. Generally the rule is a vehicle must be 25 years or older, you may know better than me what the requirements are in Alabama.

Good luck keeping it running for as long as possible.

We get classic plates on ours in CT after 20 years and emissions exemption after 25.
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