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Old 09-16-2021, 08:34 PM   #1
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I fixed the sunroof in my grand daughter’s car tonight. I replaced and adjusted the glass from a parts car. The glass on these sunroofs separate for the frame letting the seal catch on the air deflector. I had a perfect glass so I swapped it out tonight. I will take the old one apart and see if it is an easy fix, if so I will take and post some pictures.
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Our sunroof looks and works like new. Well, now that I said that it will likely break!

I would be interested to learn more about the sunroof. I look forward to reading your future sunroof thread!
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In all my years on this forum I never knew it was a forum for entertainment value?

All Saturn forums will ultimately go the way of the dinosaur as the cars get older, the newer owners take care less care of them and then they end up being junked when sizeable repairs occur. With the possible exception of the Sky, none of the Saturn models can be called 'classics' and whilst there are some owners who pour loads of TLC over them, they are just consumable cars, not collectibles.

So I reckon that threads and posts will decrease as ownership decreases. Whether Brandon's threads have added any value to this forum for other owners remains to be seen and is certainly in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:58 PM   #5
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That's how it goes once GM Saturn went defunct that was just the beginning of the end. And once all parts are gone then time for the high heaven car heap is next. It was once a good car too bad GM was more about making bottom line $$$ then making a brand that kept going. Now it's SUV but then again those will find their way to the heap as well as models die off and new one replace and now they make it so parts don't interchange just for that reason of making more $$$$$ rather then a "Quality" auto. People think they care but they really don't at the end of the DAY.
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Old 09-24-2021, 10:49 PM   #6
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Life has been getting in the way of me doing anything with my beloved L200 lately, heck, i can't find an hour to even vacuum up my car from a very, very tiring red-eye special from California back to Arizona (of which ended up in a broken driver's side mirror, welp I needed a new passenger mirror anyway so a pair is to be sought after to a growing list of to-do things!) or to wash it, which it very much needs. Now that I have 3 cars both are going around the table with their issues, my van needing an air filter which was a total P.I.T.A. to replace, and my Kia needing a new washer fluid reservoir, an equal P.I.T.A.

well in summary, life is complicated and pushes stuff we would like to do on the back-burner. Of course, I've not forgotten about my L-series and never will!
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We made two major purchases in 2000 and 2001... A decked out L300 Saturn with all the bells and whistles and a 240HP Seadoo Speedster jetboat. I wasn't satisfied with the Seadoo forums so I created my own. Thirteen years later, we sold the Jetboat. Mercury named the 240HP engine a dirty engine and new regs scared the crap out of me. The engine was discontinued and End of Life. I'm sure some mechanics can still repair them, but the push was toward more efficient and cleaner engines. Boats don't age well over time, they are known as a hole in your wallet.

The reason I bring this up is. I still have the Seadoo forum which was actually bought out by another company and it was a struggle to retain control of it. Regardless, the traffic nowadays is non-existent. The same will happen to this forum as the drivable Saturn's find their way to salvage yards.

It is very sad how things wear out, but nothing lives forever. We still enjoy rides in our Saturn, but it is no longer our go to vehicle. Our new ride is a 2020 Yaris XL which gets 40 to 50 mpg when I drive it. My wife still can't understand the Yaris is NOT the Saturn, she only gets 32 mpg... she has a lead foot in which she only smiles while driving the Saturn! That L300 still has it! She will still push you back in your seat and surprise most other vehicles on the road. My wife has told me, "We are never selling the Saturn so you had better do whatever you have to keep her running". I've got my instructions and I like it when my wife smiles! Out Saturn ain't going anywhere!
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hi sages and possible members of the lost cause- an interesting and unique thread here of comment and inquiry. actually raises a broader and more serious question. suppose one wanted to acquire a late model or new car which was durable, reasonably priced, tried and true design, likely to have long term access to parts , generally repairable by the owner and safe , how would you do it. does anything even near to these requirements still exist? used to be easy. dodge, ford , plymouth , chevrolet, even vw made a few models like this . thought for a while the saturn L fit these requirements. uncle zeke told me cant be done . best long shot is to find an older model of one of these brands(ie 60s/70s dodge/ ford, rwd , 6cyl engine and stickshift in good condition and take care of it. what think? hope im not whistling dixie. thanks tons bob f
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I plan on driving my L as my last car, I also own my last truck. I have disassembled a few of these cars and have all the critical parts on the top shelves in my shop. I have a spare manual transmission and the engine is not a problem, I have a couple with bent valves. There is a parts car in the field so unless I destroy it in an accident it will live on for many years.
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hi LW- sounds like you have planned for the next war or depression. how did you ever find a used manual trans for an L ? are permanent monthly car payments the only thing on the horizon? even joltin joe has left and gone away.thanks tons bob f
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I watched craigslist and facebook marketplace for a few months. I found a 2000 LS base model with a blown up engine for $100. It was an entry level model, manual doors and windows, stick shift, no cruise or power mirrors. It even had a body colored panel on the trunk like the 03 and newer cars. I just took what I wanted and hauled the rest to the wrecking yard. I kept all the mechanical parts to convert another car to a stick. And no none of it is for sale.😀
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If this is not a "tongue in cheek" remark then I don't know what is!
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