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Old 02-03-2018, 01:04 PM   #1
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Hey there!

I've been lurking on this forum for years, looking for tips on fixing minor problems with my Saturns. I'm not a mechanic, but I'm a little handy with car stuff!

I got my first Saturn in 2009 (2000 SL2) from a friend who didn't like driving a stick shift, and I fell in love right away. My job has required me to do a lot of driving, sometimes cross country, and it performed like a champ with regular maintenence! I lost it in a hit and run on the interstate in 2013, and actually cried over the loss of my beloved car (hey, I'm a lady, cut me some slack!).

I scored the internet for another Saturn, and found a 2002 SC1 in Ohio that was relatively low mileage (85k), but needed some work. I flew there and bought it, and even in it's not-so-perfect state, drove it all the way back to North Carolina. I've slowly been working on it since. I had rust damage underneath the car fixed, replaced the catalytic converter, muffler, stater, all rotors, brake pads and drums, fuel filer, and more... Now it runs like a champ. It's at 98k now, so I'm looking into having the transmission fluid flushed/changed (which is better?), and I just replaced the water pump, serpentine belt, and spark plugs. I want to take good care of this car and drive it for years to come!

My mom was so impressed with my Saturns that she got one herself! A 1997 SW2. I've been helping her maintain it, and it's running great!

Anyway, I wanted to say hello, and thank you to all of you posters over the years who have helped me solve problems and mysteries.

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1997 SW2 - 260k and going strong
2000 SL2 - 340k, RIP (Died in a hit and run on the interstate)
2002 SC1 - 98k, my chariot!

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Old 02-03-2018, 04:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Saturn Lover from NC!

Fabulous - great story! Welcome to SaturnFans, Sera! As for shedding tears at the loss of the 2000 SL2, I find nothing wrong with that. I suspect that my reaction might be the same if I lose my LS1 in the same manner. It's been a wonderfully reliable car so whenever it's gone from me for good I will miss it.

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Gov't's grown bigger, but a chance exists that it will be reduced. I'm cautiously hopeful.

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Old 02-08-2018, 02:05 PM   #3
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Great intro story. I can see you racked up a lot of Saturn miles!

There's low mile Saturns closer to you than OH, but it sounds like you found the car you wanted
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=231012

There's more traffic on the S-series general and tech forums, so you may want to say "hi" over there there
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=23

Is your new SC1 an auto transmission, or manual trans?

No flushing for the auto trans required, simple change (drain and fill) is all that is needed - it uses a spin-on canister filter (located under the battery tray), so if you can change your oil, you can change your ATF/filter.

Avoid Dex VI fluids, look for Dex III or Dexron/Mercon marked fluid; or use a synthetic

Procedure here
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65426

The manual trans does not require a transmission fluid change, though some people do it anyway just because. Same trans fluid is used

There are probably videos and picture threads if needed.

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11/2016 red 2002 5 spd SC2 124k DD
7/2010 Craigslist white 1997 SC2 project
12/2008 eBay silver 1998 SL2 5 spd 102k, now 201k+ miles

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