2002 Saturn SL2
When the second engine began giving up the ghost in the '97 Saturn SL and the needed repairs were stacking up, I decided the best choice was to replace it with something more reliable.
With my newfound knowledge of the original Saturns and their quirks, I had a pretty good idea that this 2002 Saturn SL2 I found online was something I could work with, so off I went to find it.
Again, I was in a bad position from which to make a purchase, and this time I was facing down a rising market for small, fuel-efficient cars.
She was a gem, though.
In fact, the only reason I found it was that someone in the dealership had gotten overzealous and posted it before it was even through inspection. I was literally the first person on the phone and through the door.
All that meant one thing and one thing only: they weren't going to budge on the price and I was reluctantly forced to buy it at a premium.
I was still glad I did.
I really loved this car.
It accelerated with ease, it had good brakes, decent handling, and was great on gas. All-in-all, a fun, solid, well-rounded daily driver with the added bonus of extremely low miles.
This was the second time it was like I went off and had a car redone, but oh man, what a rebuild.
It was honestly worth every penny.
Then, not a year later, it was totaled by a hit and run driver.
But, that heralded the coming of my constant companion of the last four years: the Cobalt SS/SC.
Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some, and sometimes you do them both at the same time. Photo: Ryan King, 2012.
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