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Old 05-01-2008, 11:59 AM   #21
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Is it just me, or does anyone else feel smug driving their 35+ mph Saturn, especially when next to a 12 mpg. SUV?
My 1995 SL2 regularly gets 27-28mpg. It passes it's bi-yearly emissions tests beautifully. My SUV, a 2001 Suburban gets 22-23mpg and has cleaner emissions that my Saturn.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:02 PM   #22
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Not sure the correct words to use to describe the feelings. I suppose smug is one word, but so many others come to mind and they're all positive reinforcement of the decision I made to buy my S-Series cars back in the day. I told the sales guy at Saturn this past weekend that they've got another 4 to 5 years to bring back the S-Series in some form or fashion or they'll probably lose a customer. He said he would mention it to his people. Like they really care....

I believe the s-series car could become collectibles. "The original Saturn S-Series - the last of the plastic cars."
They're definately one of the 10 most unique cars ever manufactured. Hard to believe GM closed the book on the original Saturn.
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:14 PM   #23
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Not really. Makes me wonder who the dummy is that told all the car company's that 30mpg HIGHWAY is worth promoting though...
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:13 PM   #24
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Having to drive to 35 miles each way school 3 days a week this semester and it looks like 4 days per week during the fall, I'm glad I have the Saturn. I was driving the Camaro to school before the Saturn, it was fun but not very economical after upgrading to the 12 bolt and 4.10 gears in the rear. It makes driving the Camaro a lot more fun now that I don't drive it as often.
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:31 PM   #25
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Last fall('07) I drove 62 miles to school 5 days a week, never again. That was with the wagon.

I average 30mpg with my SW2.(last filled up, IDK, 7 weeks ago before I bought the Aura)
I average 27-28 mpg with my Aura.(last fill up $50.58, 13.315 gallons)

In terms of fuel, cost increase is very little, just a bigger tank.
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:43 PM   #26
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$4 gas ! Ha ! My American friends drive north of the border and it will cost you $5 a gallon or more. Up here in Alberta everyone has one speed, fast ! My last fill up was at $5.33 US dollars per gallon. They are predicting $6.75 US dollars per gallon by the summer.

So if you plan to head North of the border this summer, fill up befor crossing the line ! Hope to see lot's of Saturns from the US "out and about " this summer, EH !
I'm with the other Canadian. We're already at $5+ ... and he's got it good, Alberta has one of the best prices of gas in Canada! I filled up for about $4.98 last night. $60 for a full tank. Makes me love my Saturn even more seeing the chumps gassing up $100 every week.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:16 PM   #27
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Heck yeah, I feel rather smug! I work with a whole crew of guys that roll around in gas-guzzlers. One day on lunch we all began to gripe about the current gas prices (which in the great state of Michigan, are about $3.80). I wish I had a camera to take pics of all of they're faces when I told them I fill up for about $35 a week and drive all week, just over 300 miles on a full tank.

Ahhhh, priceless.... I love my Saturn, and I will never get rid of it. I agree with the guy that says he is willing to invest in whatever repairs are needed. I definately agree. Plus, I have become nothing short of an ADDICT when it comes to tricking it out. I spanked a 2.5L Grand Am MT the other day, it was a blast! Although, that didn't help my gas-mileage much, it was still well worth it. I chuckled to myself as he ate his words.
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Old 05-01-2008, 07:29 PM   #28
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Can't say love yet ... still got more repairs to do. The higher the price of gas, the quicker the payoff, though.

Last tank, with plenty of a/c use, netted 27.8 mpg with 90% of it city driving.
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:16 PM   #29
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With $4/gal. gas looming on the horizon, I have a renewed appreciation for what Saturn was able to create with the S family of cars.

Is it just me, or does anyone else feel smug driving their 35+ mph Saturn, especially when next to a 12 mpg. SUV?
I feel smug getting 35 mpg at 78 mph as I whip past a much over-rated hybrid...Give me cheap Nu-Klr energy and an electric ve-hick-el for around town.

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70 mph Highway driving 2001 F-350 4x4 Superdurty Turbo Diesel = ~17mpg = $0.25 per mile + injector pump lubricant
(Formerly ~18 mpg on Low Sulfur Diesel, now we use Ultra Low $ulfur Diesel)

Driving '86 Zuzu Trooper 2 Turbo Diesel around town = ~26 mpg = $0.16 per mile + injector pump lubricant.
As a bonus, I get to be the slowest thing on the road. ZuZu Motto: don't suffer from stress, cause it!

Saturn cost ~ $15,000 new
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ZuZu cost ~ $8,000 used + many, many replacement parts

Considering insurance & plates and you relize fuel is still the cheapest part of owning a ve-hick-el.
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Old 05-02-2008, 08:20 AM   #30
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I get 37.2 average on highway.

I get 32.5 average around town.

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Gonna drive it until the doors fall off, then I'm going to put them back on.
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Old 05-02-2008, 09:22 AM   #31
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I get in Seattle traffic about 36-37 MPG highway/city, thatís driving with some of the worst drivers in the world who all seem to suffer from what I like to call George Bush Syndrome. They all have to slow down and look at anything that flashes or sparkles, in other words they have a realy short attention span. If I get to just relax and drive on an open highway like I did on my way to Canada last week I got 48MPG, a new record for me from 41MPG. All in a 2001 Saturn SC2 with intake and exhaust, as many other drive like your stepping on egg shells. Iím sure it helped to stay at no more then 60MPH all the way there. Smug yes, but I feel no sympathy for anyone driving a full size anything and there the only person in it. And truck drivers need to stop complaining and just slow down and stop doing 70-80 on the highway. And yeah i laugh at hybrids.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:20 PM   #32
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You know, I'm smug about my SL2, but then I got to thinking...more and more people are going to want these cars (along with well preserved Hondas, Geos, and other gas sippers).

So realistically we should be prepared for S-series cars to be catching the eye of car thieves more , as gas prices continue to rise (which I think is unfortunately our future).

I'm going to start paying more attention to where I park. Maybe get a kill switch or two as well.
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Old 05-02-2008, 05:41 PM   #33
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My SW2 gets about 17 MPG since I do almost all short city driving with it. However, since I don't put but about 170 miles a month on it, it's not costing me all that much. However, my Relay at 12 MPG is a different story.
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So realistically we should be prepared for S-series cars to be catching the eye of car thieves more , as gas prices continue to rise (which I think is unfortunately our future).
S-Series have been catching the eyes of thieves for some time now. They were one of the top cars stolen. Mostly because its so easy.
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Old 05-03-2008, 12:56 AM   #35
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300 mile trip two weeks ago 46.4mpg (all but about 30 miles on highway)

Last summer on one trip 53.1MPG best I have ever done, but I have flirted with 50 three other times. Odometer accuracy validated with GPS

I suppose the $96 in repairs that I have spent in 10 years of ownership falls within the acceptable range!

BTW: Current edition of CONSUMER REPORTS did a road test on Saturn's great new Astra (Actually an Opal powered Dawoo to be specific! ) They called the 140 HP 1.8 liter engine lackluster in performance. They reported an overall milage of a whopping 25MPG.

Anyone remember the "homecomings" us Saturn-S owners used to have in Spring Hill, Tennessee in the 90's? Perhaps General Motors should ask the satisfied Astra owners to do the same. Betcha they could fill the parking lot at the Motel-6!
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Old 05-03-2008, 05:01 AM   #36
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S-Series have been catching the eyes of thieves for some time now. They were one of the top cars stolen. Mostly because its so easy.
Not so much on the 3rd gens though, thanks to Passlock!
But yeah, connect two wires and off you go ..

Though anyone aimed with a DEI555 module can take any S-Series for a spin..
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:34 PM   #38
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I'm extremely smug about my gas mileage. I know I shouldn't do this, but there's just something that gets in me when I share the road with a hummer. I just have to drive circles around them, knowing that I can pretty much do what I want, and I'll still blow the ******* out of the water at the gas pump.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:15 AM   #39
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I have a 2002 Ford F350 4x4 (11-14mpg) and my wife has a mazda tribute AWD 20-21mpg.......We still have her 96 saturn SC1 with around 186,000 miles on it that i drive every day to work .....the other vehicles can sit there and rot for all i care, it doesnt look good anymore or run that good but it starts and gets me to work everyday in a nice comfortable ride, no shakes or shimmys i get about 32 mpgs out of it. I saw where it was rated for 37 highway but i think i have a bad ring on one of my pistons, but love it to death with these high gas prices!!! Very thankful we havent sold it.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:18 AM   #40
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Gonna drive it until the doors fall off, then I'm going to put them back on.
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