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Old 07-11-2018, 07:22 PM
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Owning my second SL class a total of seven or eight years now with over 400,000 miles acquired . I ain't so new . Over the years I have learned much from the forums and of course everbody's fav tube ! These cars are an enigma , not much to look at , however they succeed at competently meeting the most fundamental expectations an owner would have for their everyday vehicle . All that , and the simplicity of replacing infrequent failed components far outweigh turning heads and making impressions . In perfect tune my 94' SL2 easily achieves 40 MPG or better ( manual trans ) on my too often trips between northern NYS , and GA . This car is slowly turning my relationship with my X3 from hate to love , to love to hate . Both 97 SL and 94 SL2 , driven mercilessly over hundreds of thousand of miles in all kinds of weather extremes , have never failed to get me home .The 94 is equipped with all contemporary technology , less the needlessly distracting video monitor crap . But with hands free connection ability and real time traffic cloud recording a must . Minor suspension tweeks and 215 70 15 Nitto's make these little cars a true drivers vehicle ( auto trans cars excluded ) .
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Welcome! We love them also.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:00 PM
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Welcome.

Been driving S cars exclusively since 1992.
Had a 2nd gen Vue in the mix as well.

Seems like people either got great Saturns or lemons from the factory. Either very little goes wrong and you replace "consumables", or all sorts of nasty stuff happens before 75K. The TAAT A/T was unfortunately prone to several failure modes but even that could usually be fixed for a few hundred.

Is that 400K mi across both cars? If so, you'll need to chase me -- I'm right at 500K mi between a 95 SC2 (236K gave to nephew) and 97 SC2 (265K daily driver).....
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:19 PM
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My 1994 SL2 was purchased in 2013 with 186,344 on the odo .Since then it has accumulated over 250K miles with no major repairs , and unbelievably , not even a brake pad/shoe replacement . (However I did install new ceramic pads shortly after purchase of the 1500 dollar car )
) The majority of these miles are of course interstate travel . and with a girlfriend living 110 miles from me . The mileage rack up continues at a fierce pace . My super Saturn is starting to feel a lil' "loosey goosey" but in no way weak or tired .
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:48 PM
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No brake work b/c you obviously never stop moving!
I assume you are religious about oil changes, What are you running (weight) and how often do you change? Does it burn much?

I was trying to ascertain if it was the original engine in there. Early 200k's they tend to give up the ghost with burned valves, excessive oil consumption, etc. I'm thinking someone did a full rebuild on it not too long before you bought it. That would explain the $1500 price tag. Or at minimum rebuilt the entire head and redid the rings.

Have you lost your shifter bushing yet?
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