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The 20 Year Car

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{Wheels.17.56}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:00:40 CDT (1 line)

Aha. It's not a Jeep, but those are great little cars.

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{Wheels.17.57}: Periwinkle Slowtzer {periwinkle2} Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:01:46 CDT (1 line)

sorry I call all 4 wheel drives jeeps incorrectly.

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{Wheels.17.58}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 03 Nov 2012 12:49:02 CDT (1 line)

Like we say "Kleenex" for all tissues ...

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{Wheels.17.59}: Karl Haakonsen {jaco1} Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:22:43 CST (12 lines)

I'm still driving my 20 year old Saturn SW2 as my "daily driver"
(see pic in my profile). Sadly, since the demise of Saturn corp,
GM's so-called "Saturn Authorized Service Providers" (SASPs) have
been fairly useless and have put a full court press on me to get me
out of my old Saturns (I also have a 12 year old LW300) by
overstating any problems they find, or even making some up. I am
sure others have experienced the same thing since I noticed a
precipitous drop in the number of Saturns on the road since the
dealership networks went away and the support for them dried up.
Just a few years ago, even older S-series cars like mine were
abundant, then in a span of a couple of years, even the newer ones
have all but disappeared.

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{Wheels.17.60}: Karl Haakonsen {jaco1} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:01:53 CDT (1 line)

Dead thread. Ah well. Still driving my now 21-year-old Saturn SW2. :)

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{Wheels.17.61}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:25:50 CDT (1 line)

So I see, by your profile. That's quite the car.

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{Wheels.17.62}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:26:24 CDT (2 lines)

Actually, I just realized I'm almost there. My Dodge Ram pickup truck
is a 1995. I bought it new.

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{Wheels.17.63}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:27:30 CDT (3 lines)

Here's a picture of it, and a story I did:
"http://www.autofocus.ca/news-events/blogs/auto-repairs-when-do-you-
finally-stop"

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{Wheels.17.64}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:19:19 CDT (5 lines)

Great piece, Jil! We've done the same with our cars. We buy a couple
year old used car and then drive and maintain it until it's
essentially been driven into the ground. We also make the same "repair
cost = x number of car payments" calculation, too, when it comes time
to do repairs.

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{Wheels.17.65}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:49:18 CDT (2 lines)

Mine's in the shop again right now ... noisy muffler, and the brakes
are a little spongy.

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{Wheels.17.66}: Kathe Nichols {kathe} Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:17:27 CDT (3 lines)

My husband is driving an '87 Chevy S-10, which replaced his '85 when
it became undriveable (it's now a source of parts).  I only gave up my
'85 Mazda RX-7 about a year ago...

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{Wheels.17.67}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 03 Aug 2014 10:20:18 CDT (2 lines)

My truck's getting new rear drums. The issues that pop up when you
don't drive a vehicle very much ...

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{Wheels.17.68}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:34:11 CST (12 lines)

Wondering how many more years that Saturn got...

Our Volvo V70 will be 10 years old in a few months, has less than
90,000 miles on it at the moment.  Great car, no serious problems.  I
wouldn't mind getting another 10 years out of it if possible.p

The only annoying thing is cosmetic.  The paint or coating or whatever
it is on the steering wheel is peeling off and it looks like crap.
Have no idea how that can be repaired.  Certainly not worth replacing
it, but it truly looks terrible.

Other than that, it has been a great car for us.

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{Wheels.17.69}: Ford F150 {fvehafric} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 09:59:44 CST (2 lines)

You can buy leather steering wheel covers for a few bucks, might
improve the appearance.

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{Wheels.17.70}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:03:41 CST (5 lines)

Yes, that might be the solution.  Tricky to get the fit right since
there are large spokes on the wheel, but might work.

I used that leather wrap years ago on my Datsun 310.  Felt like I was
really stylin'!  Those were simpler times...

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{Wheels.17.71}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:13:43 CST (2 lines)

Is it a leather-wrapped wheel? A vinyl repair company might be able
to fix it for you.

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{Wheels.17.72}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 11:44:58 CST (1 line)

Partly leather, partly hard plastic with some kind of colored coating.

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{Wheels.17.73}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 11:51:21 CST (0 lines)


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{Wheels.17.74}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 11:52:10 CST (0 lines)


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{Wheels.17.75}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 11:52:49 CST (0 lines)


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{Wheels.17.76}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 11:55:12 CST (2 lines)

You can see that the leather part, while dirty (sorry!) is fine, but the
coating on the plastic part is all peeling away.

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{Wheels.17.77}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 13:26:02 CST (1 line)

A bodyshop might be able to repaint that.

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{Wheels.17.78}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 13:43:40 CST (3 lines)

Might be worth a try.  The services dept at the dealership said they
couldn’t do anything, to my surprise.  I thought they would have the
correct matching material.

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{Wheels.17.79}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 14:56:02 CST (1 line)

No. It has to be stripped and repainted.

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{Wheels.17.80}: Bianca R. {lily1} Tue, 31 Dec 2019 14:58:10 CST (1 line)

Ah.  Well then...will try to find a good body shop.

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