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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

r.i.p. saturn

Day 160 June 5  176_7679 (Medium)

this little blue car is a 1992 saturn sl1 that j's family bought new. it has been in the family ever since and was the first car j drove and the first car he owned. he bought it from his parents in 2003 and a couple of years later, when we got the mazda, he sold it to his sister. she signed it back over to us right before she left but it can't be safetied (or would be too expensive) so the decision was made to get rid of it. j looked around for options and learned that fire stations accept old cars - we would donate it to our local fire station.

last night, we arrived at the station unannounced and knocked on the back door. the firemen were all very happy and laughed through all the paperwork. i don't think it's often they get cars donated.

i asked what they would be using it for. this particular station has the jaws of life on one of their engines and will be using the car to teach firemen how to use the jaws of life and make them better at rescuing people. the car will go through 5 or 6 different situations and will be unrecognizable by the end of it.

we are both super happy with all this. it's such a nice feeling knowing that the saturn will be used well and j is happy knowing that it was always in his family. r.i.p. little saturn. you were a good car.


  1. I'm really glad you guys donated the saturn! That's really cool that it can be done like that. Any plans for bying something else, or is that on the back burner for a while? Have a good day! It's finally sunny here, so hopefully it is for you guys too.

  2. That is way more fun than the way we donated the Sunfire. We donated our Sunfire through "Car Heaven". We did not get to deal with laughing fire fighters, but we did deal with funny scrap yard guys from Edward, Ontario.

  3. what was wrong with the poor car?

  4. The "surface rust" had turned into "frame rot". I'm pretty sure if I opened the back door on the passenger side and jumped on the rocker panel, I would have split the car in 2.

    Motor was still running like a top though. Did a nice send-off-burnout on the way to the fire station (yes, a burnout is hard to do in a Saturn).

  5. J, I hope you got pictures of the saturn burnout, 'cause I almost don't believe you.

  6. There are no burnout pictures, but I can still picture it... and can imagine the huge smile on his face.

    as for getting another car, i know j is looking. we were hoping the saturn would be safety-able though.