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Old 01-12-2010, 08:40 AM   #1
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Figured I would say hi...

Well I have been lurking and reading a bit and figured I would introduce myself. I actually joined with my FE vehicle being a '93 Civic DX AT Coupe with 186K (fully rebuilt motor), but then had a friend that needed a car for his wife after she had surgery on her clutch foot (for some reason he did not want to just swap and let me drive his wife's EVO until she was better, he would rather just let it sit in the garage... Go figure).

So, basically I traded the Civic straight up (since I used the money from it) for a 2001 Saturn SC1 AT (blah) with 120K. All the MT cars kept getting sold. Not a bad trade, but did not find out until I went to title the car that it was a rebuilt title vehicle. Upon closer inspection the repairs are not great, and under my standards, but overall the car looks and drives great, so I guess I will live with it.

No FE mods currently, but according to FedEx, the stuff for my HAI arrived this morning after I left for work.

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Old 01-12-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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Wow, looks incredibly clean.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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I like the cheese door. my wife has an element and it has the same deal. it works good for the baby seat.

as far as the salvaged title (I assume that is what you meant) my car has a salvaged title and I have been driving it over 5 1/2 years with no problems. and yes the repair is messy looking underneath. the frame damage looks like it was pulled out with a come-a-long and a tree.

yours looks head and shoulders better than mine. you should be able to do good with that car and it looks good too.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:55 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard - glad to see another Saturn guy around here!

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Old 01-12-2010, 10:25 AM   #5
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as far as the salvaged title (I assume that is what you meant) my car has a salvaged title and I have been driving it over 5 1/2 years with no problems. and yes the repair is messy looking underneath. the frame damage looks like it was pulled out with a come-a-long and a tree.

yours looks head and shoulders better than mine. you should be able to do good with that car and it looks good too.
In Indiana, it is a "salvage" title when it is totaled, but after repairs are completed it becomes a "rebuilt" title. So basically the same idea.

Mine did not appear to necessarily have any frame damage, but when they welded in the new radiator/core support, it looks like someone's first time welding... lol Not horrible (because it appears they ground most back flat) but not a "quality" job. Other than that, the paint looks great, but there are runs along the edge of the hood and on the front bumper.

It is not really the way it is repaired that ticks me off, it was the fact it was not disclosed to me, and I did not know where to look on the title (nor did I even really look at the title other than filling out my name as the purchaser) when I bought it. Had cars lined up with similar miles and clean titles for the same price, but live and learn I guess...

Having owned 30 cars and this being 31, I guess it is not a bad percentage that only 1 has not been what I thought it was. And so far it has been a great car, cannot wait to start the FE mods..

And yeah, I guess I lied... I have done one FE "mod" and that was the Saturn antenna "tuck" (moving the antenna into the A-pillar behind the plastic panel). Might be able to add the second mod depending on how long it takes to figure out whats wrong with my friend's Kubota tractor tonight.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:33 AM   #6
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Just for the fun of it... Here was my prior "fun" car:

1998 Buick Regal GS with custom turbo kit (would definitely catch a few people off guard in this "grandpa" car).










And the new "fun" car:

1968 Mercury Montego (Ford 302)... My wife's great grandmother's very first car with ~60K original miles




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Old 01-12-2010, 11:16 AM   #7
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I would have done a carfax on it myself. I was aware of my situation prior to getting into the deal.

I like your fun vehicles. suprising people is fun. I like the sleeper look myself. the hood does elude to having something in there but now-a-days, many would just do the hood for the looks and nothing more. cool that you had the goods to back up the looks.

that is awesome.

good luck with the saturn.
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I would have done a carfax on it myself. I was aware of my situation prior to getting into the deal.
Trust me, it will not happen again. It was one of those situations where I was without a car for a week and NEEDED something ASAP. All the other cars kept getting sold out from under me (worked out deals and was supposed to pick up the cars the next day as they were too far away to go that night and then they changed their mind or sold it to a local person or decided to keep it, etc.). VIN was not posted in ad and basically when I got a call from the guy and asked questions, then left directly from a work holiday party to go pick it up.

I guess I am too honest (a sucker if you will) and trust that people would disclose something like that before you bought the car because I would.

Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 and pointless at this point anyway.
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as far as the salvaged title (I assume that is what you meant) my car has a salvaged title and I have been driving it over 5 1/2 years with no problems. and yes the repair is messy looking underneath. the frame damage looks like it was pulled out with a come-a-long and a tree.
In Ghana, that is S.O.P. for straightening out a car...http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun...ana-car-yard16

My Geo also has a salvage title...looks like there was some welding also around the radiator support and front bumper area, job looked pretty decent and has been no problem. Depends on who does the work, I guess, and probably how old the car was when the work was done...a newer car, with full coverage insurance, or valuable enough to make it worth repairing would probably be repaired at a reputable place.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:12 AM   #10
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Well scratch that.. Putting my Saturn up for sale, just picked up a '95 Civic DX MT for cheap. Better hypermiling capabilities with the new Civic. Will just have to learn to live with the "poop" brown interior.
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