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Old 09-29-2021, 09:06 AM   #1
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So as I quickly approach the 3/4 of a million mile mark I've been making plans for some heavy maintenance of ol highmile. As I've said before I maintain my car so that it is drive across the country right now ready. No checking anything, just get in and leave.

so here is my list/plan;
lower control arms (current ones have at least 300k on them)
front wheel bearings (r/f is failing)
front brake rotors/pads (bad wheel bearing causing r/f to warp)
struts all around (it gets a new set every 250k needed or not)
plugs
windshield wipers
oil change engine and trans
air filter
rotate tires
spray the area around the rear trailing arms with rust preventing paint

Work done in the last year, overhauled cooling system with radiator, hoses, thermostat, water pump. Also new tires.

Probably close to $500 in parts all in all but for a car that serves me so well I can't beat it.

Sad part is that most of these will be the last time they are touched. I promised the MRS that when I retire the Saturn retires too, 7yrs give a take a bit.

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Old 09-29-2021, 09:38 AM   #2
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That would be a great retirement car. What a story it has. I'm maybe 10 years from retirement.
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So as I quickly approach the 3/4 of a million mile mark I've been making plans for some heavy maintenance of ol highmile. As I've said before I maintain my car so that it is drive across the country right now ready. No checking anything, just get in and leave.

so here is my list/plan;
lower control arms (current ones have at least 300k on them)
front wheel bearings (r/f is failing)
front brake rotors/pads (bad wheel bearing causing r/f to warp)
struts all around (it gets a new set every 250k needed or not)
plugs
windshield wipers
oil change engine and trans
air filter
rotate tires
spray the area around the rear trailing arms with rust preventing paint

Work done in the last year, overhauled cooling system with radiator, hoses, thermostat, water pump. Also new tires.

Probably close to $500 in parts all in all but for a car that serves me so well I can't beat it.

Sad part is that most of these will be the last time they are touched. I promised the MRS that when I retire the Saturn retires too, 7yrs give a take a bit.

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If it is still running and driving, I would be interested in buying it when it is time. A car like that deserves to be preserved.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:57 PM   #4
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Questions:
How often do you change your oil and what kind?
How often do you change your Transmission fluid and what kind?
Power steering fluid?
What was your worst breakdown?
Your most expensive repair?

I am guessing that insect impact is what killed your radiator.
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Highmile's choice is good old Valvoline 5w-30 dino juice.

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But, how many sets of drivers seats have you gone through
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Old 09-30-2021, 10:21 PM   #7
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I always love to read such stories! I once had a car with that much mileage. Sadly it was a Toyota and it costed fortunes to keep it living. With a Saturn you always end up having alot for your investment, at least.
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https://youtu.be/XQJhdy8y7iA

I actually saw this episode of Late Night with David Letterman when it was first broadcast. The best part which is not in the Youtube video was after the man comes into the studio they award him with another car. A Used Nissan Pulsar with well over 100,000 miles on it.
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Old 10-06-2021, 08:14 AM   #9
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Highmile's choice is good old Valvoline 5w-30 dino juice.

Waiex191, i'm flattered that anyone remembered this or searched and found it.

Yes, dino 5w-30 every 5k however as of late the dino is getting hard to find as the local big box stores carry the semi or full synthetic since that is what most newer cars require. So it's Valvoline dino first then the semi if that is all I can find. Also run the wix 51516 extended oil filter. Sort of handy running that wix filter since it's the same one my wife's grand Cherokee uses. I buy them by the case when I find them on sale.

trans fluid, normally whatever dexIII or compatible I can find. Often the Walmart brand. Normally change every other year (every 60k or so).

Power steering fluid, same dexIII that the trans gets. I've tried switching to real ps fluid but highmile wasn't happy with it. It's been flushed and replaced a time or two when the ps pump was replaced due to a leaking input shaft seal.

Worst breakdown... 2 come to mind. One required a trailer to get home. Fuel pump failed in the parking lot at work and required the trailer. 2nd was battery shorted out. Drove to the hardware store and came out 10 min later and when I tried to start it the battery was so dead it reset the clock. Mrs picked me up and we went over to the local parts store and picked up a replacement and installed in the hardware store parking lot. There were a couple of others, failed ign lock and dead starter but both were solved by a pop start and then driven home.

Most expensive repair... engine rebuild. Engine was getting tired and I had everything I needed to build a replacement. Bored block, crank kit, lightly ported head (yeah so old hot rod guy can't leave anything alone) with new valves and guides, etc etc etc. Also replaced hoses, radiator, axle seals, clutch, etc, spent about $2k. Rebuild lost a head gasket after 300k. Machine shop checked the head and surfaced it, everything else looked really good so back together it went. 40k miles trouble free miles since.

Radiator was just a matter of 300k plus with tons of road grit, dirt, bugs, etc. I could have probably blown it out with an air hose but I'm not reinstalling a radiator with that many miles on it. In a previous post I talked about upgrading to the welded alum ebay 4 core.

drivers seats.... 2. I had added some support under the foam seat cushion in the orig but then several years later I found a set of very nice SL2 seats for $25ea so upgraded.

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Interesting. Thanks for the update Highmile!
Do you have a manual transmission and about how many miles did you have when you did the rebuild? THX
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Interesting. Thanks for the update Highmile!
Do you have a manual transmission and about how many miles did you have when you did the rebuild? THX
Yes manual trans.

rebuild was at 416k however it was not the original engine. Original was burning oil badly at 180k so I swapped a $250 salvage yard motor in that was sold as very low miles. At that time it was the wife's car and we had no plans of keeping it for more than another year or two. However rings in it were stuck so I re-ringed it prior to install and bolted it in. The original short block was then refreshed with new pistons/rings and installed in my daughters 93 SL2 until it was rear ended. The original head was reinstalled during the rebuild.

Engine that was lifted at 416k had probably close to 300k on it. Autopsy showed all in all the engine was in good condition however the timing chain was shot. That head is now bolted to a 01-02 short block in my friends 97 SL2. I very much a fan of the later model crank/rods after building that one.

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Thanks HighMile. It looks like you've gotten 300k +/- on your engines with a 5k oil change interval using non-synthetic oil and a good filter.. Were you using much oil at around 300k?

These cars are certainly little workhorses.
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Sid,
The last engine was using about a quart in 5k. It was stock pistons and rings.

Current engine uses less than a pint in 5k. It has aftermarket speedpro pistons and hastings rings. Current engine at 324k and replaced a head gasket last fall and a timing chain guide that broke with 60k on it.

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Old 10-16-2021, 10:23 PM   #14
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Incredible, and I thought I had a few high mile cars 200-300k lol! Your one car has more than my three "high" mile ones
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