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View Poll Results: What will replace your current S-Series
A gasoline/diesel engine vehile 59 76.62%
A tradidtional hybrid (gasoline/diesel engine with electic assist) 5 6.49%
A plug-in hybrid (electric drive with a gasoline generator) and 25 mile range on the batteries 3 3.90%
A plug-in hybrid (electric drive with a gasoline generator) and 100+ mile range on the batteries 6 7.79%
A full electic vehile with 200+ mile range on the batteries 4 5.19%
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:19 PM   #41
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I was at the Saturn dealer yesterday for a part and the salesman showed us the Astra. It was very nice. My 5 y/o loved it. I think he wanted me to leave the SL1 there (with my part) and take the Astra home. . Told him that if he had the money in his piggy bank, then ok. We went home in the SL1.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:38 AM   #42
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If my Homecoming were lost to a freak accident (knock on polymer that it isn't, I love that car) I'd probably be picking up another S-series of about the same era. I'd still love to have a Red Line ION or an orange SC2 manual, but most likely I'd find whatever low-mileage, low-priced manual SL2 with power options might be available. I'm truly tired of driving automatics so a 'new' SL2 would have to be a 5 speed.

If all goes according to plan, when I graduate from college, I'll be getting a Pontiac G6 convertible or Saab 9-3 Aero convertible, depending on how cushy my job is, on lease while my SL2 gets passed on to my mom or kept as an "extra" car to keep the miles off the new one. Sadly, there are no convertibles being made (nor will there be in the near future due to the niche market of drop-tops) in hybrid or diesel variants in the US. After the lease is up on my convertible, it depends on where my whim shall take me. If I find myself in love with going topless, I'll stay in a convertible, otherwise the Aura diesel should be available by then (which would have to be converted to biodiesel for sure), and possibly a plug-in Aura, either of which would suit me nicely.

So basically, my next car will either be a used fuel-efficient SL2, a gasoline convertible, or a (bio)diesel/hybrid sedan.
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:02 AM   #43
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Another S-series if I can find one in a condition worth the time. Otherwise I have no clue. I dont like the new Saturns. I dont want to think about my Saturn dieing. It will be a sad day.
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:16 PM   #44
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Honda/Acura
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:57 PM   #45
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i already did. an 02 Hyundai elantra...
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Old 04-20-2008, 02:10 PM   #46
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Maybe one of these. I hear you get great mileage.

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Old 04-20-2008, 02:44 PM   #47
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I don't think my sl1 will ever die...

After a nuclear fall out, the only thing left will be a few cock roaches... bacteria... and my sl1..
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Old 04-20-2008, 02:48 PM   #48
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As for finding another car to drive anyway... The recent jump in gas prices has pushed me away from a mustang (with the 5.0 in it) to something a little more... affordable... at least for gas... something like a Miata.. and I'm thinking thats what I will end up getting after I move.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:26 PM   #49
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I'll the join the sentiment well expressed by previous posters.........there isn't anything really close to an S-series........ except a Toyota Corolla 5-sp. I'll wait for the electric with gas or diesel generator on board, wait until the plug in battery power range is better than the 40 miles quoted for the VOLT. As soon as it gets near 65 - 70 miles, good buy buying lots of gasoline. My commute will be plug in at around $0.02 / mile fuel costs. Hydrogen is a lost cause, its already a dead issue. It takes juice to make (generate) hydrogen, and thats a waste of power. Its only benefit is that its cleaner. I've noticed that my 72 horse Motorcycle only gets 50 mpg, and the 100 hp Saturn gets 40 mpg highway. The bike really isn't that fuel efficient. But it will pull away from a stop up to legal speed quicker than almost any car ever made.
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:34 PM   #50
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'95 - '98 Mazda Miata and something like a Yaris.
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:32 PM   #51
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We will be getting a a new motor for the sl1 (can't beat a saturn) but if I have to get another car and had my choice (which is not the case very often) I would get another 1996 Ford taurus GL.
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:46 PM   #52
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:13 PM   #53
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u all know me from the Vue forum with my Binkymobile, but i actually just picked up a '99 SL1 as a work car. The paint's kinda faded, and it's got 102,000 miles on it but hey for $2500 it'll keep the miles off the Vue and keep it away from the dusty toilet i work at after it just got repainted (it was in the body shop from an incident where some clown at work peeled out and threw rocks all over it and caused 40 or so rock chips and scratches) and in the garage when i'm running back and forth to work if there's severe weather. When i get a real job i wouldn't mind fixing "Goldie" up a bit.....
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #54
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mine's been replaced a couple times, but I still keep it around for the milage, trouble is everytime I drive it I feel like I'm driving a skateboard, a skateboard that makes you look gay.
I'm driving a 95 land rover discovery 1 now, it gets 12 mpg. it's awesome.
and my wifes on again off again been driving my 73 280c mercedes benz coupe.... she feels safe in 5000lb cars. that one actually pulls 14 mpg out of a carburated six.
I have also a 74 mercedes 300d, converted to run on veggie oil.
it has trouble with winter though.fuel always gels up on me.
this one manages about 17mpg, and I've been trying to make my own fuel.
but it's a big messy stinky process.
my next one will definetly be a turbodiesel suv.
but I hate those right hand drivers.
so maybe a deisel cherokee.
or maybe a unimog.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:34 PM   #55
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Another S-Series, of course.

or a replacement engine

I think that is what I will do, just continue to buy older S-Series cars....only Saturns made before 2007 would qualify in my book.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:25 PM   #56
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Whenever the 93 decides to die...



...I already have this 96 ready to take it's place

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I like the new Civics. But, as others pointed out a new car is not cost effective. The S-Car does everything I need in a car. Not the most refined car, but compared to cars I have had, not so bad. It is more important that things are simple enough that I can do my own maintenance. I like the spin on transmission filter and all the How-To information here. I am more concerned about getting a new forum for the next car I get. I am afraid it will not compare to the quality of this forum.
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If I HAD to replace my sc2, God forbid, I would probably get an Astra. I do like it, but I like MY real Saturn better. I could possibly be tempted to move up to a bigger car, but I still want a stick shift, sporty, good handling car. Maybe a Chevy HHR ss, I like the looks, but have not driven one.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:36 PM   #59
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I have a 2000 SW2 with 49K miles on it.

If it died today, and I had to get something else, I'd replace it with a Prius. No question about it.

If it died a year from now, hopefully the 100+ MPG 4th generation PHEV Prius would be on the market.

If MIRA brought their hybrid kit to market, I'd have one installed on my SW2. Here's the MIRA Press Release on it. At $4K, it's cheaper than a Hymotion PHEV module (which are $10K). Also much more versatile since it should, in theory, work with any front drive vehicle. The benefits would be worth it given I'd prefer to keep my SW2 and see if the car will outlive it's 80K mile tires (with about 5K miles of wear).

If the Saturn Flextreme, or whatever Saturn ultimately decides to call it's 2010 PHEV, is moderately affordable then I would consider trading my SW2 for one.

If I suddenly got very good at picking horses, counting cards, playing the Lottery, or something else which made me independently wealth, or even very well to do, I'd probably hunt down an EV conversion shop and pay them to convert my SW2 into an EV.

But if the price of gas continues to rise, I may have to trade my SW2 for a Saddlebred and my Relay for a Belgian.
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They say in 10 years, flying in an airplane will only be reserved for the filthy rich. If it's true, I guess I'll be walking alot of places. But I too am thinking hybrid someday...since I'm sure that's what they'll all be by the time I get rid of my SC2.
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