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Old 07-25-2012, 01:54 AM   #1
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Well, the time came to make a change. We sold our 2000 SL2 recently and purchased a slightly newer import. The Saturn started to have little annoying issues. There was also the low fuel economy thing that I was never able to resolve. The last straw was a small fender bender that instead took a chunk off of it and left the bumper distorted. It was a good run, but its nice to move on to something different and more modern

The forum has been a great help and am glad to have learned so much about these cars. Wish everyone here good luck and continue to enjoy your rides
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I'm glad you had a good run with your satty. I wish I could take a break from Saturn, as you said, but I'm addicted. I'm going to pick one up later today! I'll probably own a saturn for a loooong time.

Will you still visit the forum? I know SLCraig recently got rid of his saturns, but he still shows up on the boards.

Also, maybe you can find a cheap saturn to tinker with!
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I'm glad you had a good run with your satty. I wish I could take a break from Saturn, as you said, but I'm addicted. I'm going to pick one up later today! I'll probably own a saturn for a loooong time.

Will you still visit the forum? I know SLCraig recently got rid of his saturns, but he still shows up on the boards.

Also, maybe you can find a cheap saturn to tinker with!
Shawn, I am looking at getting another again. Something lovable about these cars, that's for sure....

Found a nice 98 SL2 5 speed with 101KM (60K miles) for $1500. I figure I can offer $1000 cash

I don't have the space like you do for being able to buy and flip Sattys but I'd sure love to. I see my SW2 on the road somedays and I know both my friends who bought my other Saturns still drive them to this day! Feel good about that. My '00 and '96 would have for sure ended up in the wreckers if it wasn't for someone like me willing to do some work.
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Something lovable about these cars, that's for sure....
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Found a nice 98 SL2 5 speed with 101KM (60K miles) for $1500. I figure I can offer $1000 cash
Wow, I'd be on that in a heartbeat.

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You need to find a friend with space

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I have been toying with the idea of trading both the beemer and the Saturn off on a brand new Cruze Eco or a Volt on almost a daily basis lately. Too many vehicles in the garage at the moment (five and counting).

But as a previous poster said, there is "something" about these cars. They are unique, very lovable, quite fixable, oddly cool, and yes- definitely addictive.

I rented a Hemi Challenger on a trip last week and I loved it. Maybe keep the Saturn for the daily grind and have a Challenger for the weekends??

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I've only had one, my 99 sl2-it had 172,000 on it when I bought it (for $700, from a MECHANIC who couldn't get it through emissions)-now it has 189,000, and I worked on it, cleaned it up, improved it where needed, and now it is almost perfect-it only needs a valve body since it has the delayed reverse when hot, even that is not all that bad.

I thought about selling it since I really do not need it. I have lots of 'drivers', and they are all in great condition, but I like this car. It handles great, is good on gas, had a great AC, bluetooth radio/cd, new wheels/tires, uses SOME oil. maybe a quart every 7-800 miles. It is SO easy to work on, and it is just a great little car.

So I am going to keep it especially since it is economical, in this day and age, that matters a great deal. Sounds strange, but when I go to the local pick-a-part, there are rows of Satty's, unlike my other cars. I attribute that to the fact they were cheap when new, not treated well by their frugal and probably uneducated original owners who had a dim view of maintenance. The high volume of cars produced also factors into it, good for me (and all of us) who want these cars to stay on the road.

I'm so glad that I had a chance to get one, after working and driving it for 18+ months, I'd drive it anywhere, and I am confident I could solve any issue it developed. Wish I could say the same for my Mark VIII. Or my Aurora. Or even my Intrigue. Or my daughter's 2003 Celica . It is as basic as my TJ, meaning to me, it's bullet-proof, easy to work on and both fun AND practical (the TJ is not real practical, so it has an advantage there too). Fact is, I guess as long as I drive, I will probably have a Saturn since they are now very familiar, and easy to work on and get parts-a shame GM didn't see these for what they were, probably the best singular marque of a few generations.

In a few days, I'm going to post some shots of my Saturn-it looks great (to me) and does get attention, people are always amazed that it is closing on 200,000 miles and still looks and runs so nice.

I know I couldn't replace it for 3 or even 4 times what I paid for it. This forum deserves a great deal of credit and my gratitude for the vast knowledge and help of it's members.

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I have been toying with the idea of trading both the beemer and the Saturn off on a brand new Cruze Eco or a Volt on almost a daily basis lately. Too many vehicles in the garage at the moment (five and counting).

But as a previous poster said, there is "something" about these cars. They are unique, very lovable, quite fixable, oddly cool, and yes- definitely addictive.

I rented a Hemi Challenger on a trip last week and I loved it. Maybe keep the Saturn for the daily grind and have a Challenger for the weekends??

Maybe?
Let's go, trade the beemer for a Volt for fun but keep your SC2 for passion

Sorry, I didn't resist to tease you on this one.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:36 PM   #8
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This forum deserves a great deal of credit and my gratitude for the vast knowledge and help of it's members.
+1 As one of its members, I owe a LOT to this forum. If you read some of my early threads, you'll see that I knew very very little about cars before my saturn.
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Sorry, I didn't resist to tease you on this one.
No problem at all. Actually I am leaning quite a bit more toward the Challenger at the moment.

Yes, I'm keeping my SC2. After I fix the head gasket that decided to incinerate itself last Saturday of course....... This photo was not re-touched (other than cropping and re-sizing it for posting). Nor was the gasket chopped away from the block leaving a piece on the head or block faces. That 1/4"+ wide section was just plain gone when I opened it up.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:25 PM   #10
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I'm glad you had a good run with your satty. I wish I could take a break from Saturn, as you said, but I'm addicted. I'm going to pick one up later today! I'll probably own a saturn for a loooong time.

Will you still visit the forum? I know SLCraig recently got rid of his saturns, but he still shows up on the boards.

Also, maybe you can find a cheap saturn to tinker with!
I'm not against owning one again in the future. I've always liked how easy they are to work on, and how inexpensive the parts are. It was just time for a change right now, to bigger and better things

I probably wont be posting but will still lurk around from time to time. I used to have that passion for these cars that a lot of you have. I still remember how excited I was when I bought my first one (gold 96 SL2). I'm not normally a person that likes change, but change is good when it comes to cars
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Shawn, I am looking at getting another again. Something lovable about these cars, that's for sure....
Who said anything about flipping saturns? LOL too bad you don't live closer b/c I'd hook you up with a sweet deal. I haven't forgotten the epic clutch ordeal.



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Understood. That's kinda where I'm at now with tools. I'm interested in better stuff.
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Who said anything about flipping saturns? LOL too bad you don't live closer b/c I'd hook you up with a sweet deal. I haven't forgotten the epic clutch ordeal.

Was my favorite repair as far as gratification goes. Nothing like having a car that can barely shift to having a car that feels like new again. The Saturn 5 speed feels great when everything is working properly. One of the things I miss about my SL2 especially.
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One of the things I miss about my SL2 especially.
I've got a 5 speed SW2 sitting right here with a new clutch installed and your name on it .
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+1 As one of its members, I owe a LOT to this forum. If you read some of my early threads, you'll see that I knew very very little about cars before my saturn.
+1,000, same here.

I found this forum through another forum, found Low Saturn's website and somehow followed that here

nifty thing is that what I have learned here has translated to other cars... recently did front struts on my minivan, and will tackle the AC soon. I would not have attempted either had it not been for what I have read on this forum.
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I've got a 5 speed SW2 sitting right here with a new clutch installed and your name on it .
Road trip!
It's not your beloved 1996 SW2 is it?
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Nope. it's a 97 SW2. Bring your mountain bike!
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Maybe he can deliver that 10th Anniversary Edition! I pick it up on Saturday.

Hey, does anybody else have a hard time typing out Saturday? I always type Saturn and have to correct.
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^^ LOL, now I get your comment in the other thread.

To the OP - what did you get, or would you rather not say?
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^^ LOL, now I get your comment in the other thread.

To the OP - what did you get, or would you rather not say?
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I thought I was the only crazy one...

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