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Old 08-19-2010, 02:19 PM   #1
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Would you buy a 2002 Saturn SL, automatic, with 100,000 miles to use for towing four down behind a motorhome?




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Old 08-19-2010, 03:11 PM   #2
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We own a 2002 Saturn SL2 that has 95000 miles on it and we've towed it behind our current rig as well as a 27 foot class C prior to the current MH. The Saturn is no problem at all, tracks well, is not heavy and cheap to insure. So, I don't have to buy one but would.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #3
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A big welcome to the BEST forum on the web. I've towed 3 Saturns now and had no problems anytime. 1st was an 95 5 spd SL 1- 2nd is an 00 SW 2 a/t station wagon and a 2003 Vue 5 spd. The 95 & 00 S series used the same frame brackets, so no cost was involved in switching to the sta. wagon. The 95 had 165k when sold, the 00 has 264k and the Vue has 146k. All run fine,tow o.k.,especially easy on gas. The 00 sw2 gets avg. 38 mpg if driven less than 70mph. The Vue about 33mpg.
Do not attempt to tow a Vue with the Vti auto transmission. Towing will destroy the transmission. I would recommend the SL2-provided the car checks out o.k.. It cost me $800 for a 2.2 used engine/labor etc. for the 00 sw2. It needed a motor when purchased for $700. $1500 wasn't bad for a good toad.
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:47 PM   #4
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ntr87, You might be better off if you find a pre-owned Chev HHR with low miles. The Saturn is no longer manufactured and the HHR engine is the same as a Saturn. The HHR can be flat towed, just turn key and put trans in neutral.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:35 PM   #5
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We have a 02 saturn SL that now has 150,000 miles on it and it has been towed since it had 50,000 miles on it. It tows nicely and is easy to hitch and unhitch and we have never had a problem with the toad.
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We purchased a 2001 SL2 for use as a toad. We have been towing it approx 8-12,000 KM each year plus another 50K driving. Other than an engine gasket we have had only regular maintenance done. We think it is the perfect toad and the reason we keep it on the road and two other vehicles (newer) parked at home.
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:37 PM   #7
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I have a 2002 L200 Saturn with 50,000 miles. It has been towed about 20,000 miles and it tows good. Will keep it for a long time because it is all set up to tow, is light and paid for.

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