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Behold my first car. Every first car is special, regardless of whether you're an automotive enthusiast or not. It represents freedom, a gateway to both far away places waiting to be explored and old stomping grounds welcoming you home. Most of the time, the importance of the first car you buy is less about the car itself and more about the possibilities it unlocks. However, for the avid automotive enthusiast, exactly which car it is can often be one of the most pivotal choices in your life, even if you don't know it. After nearly 2 years of thought, this was mine, and while I doubt I'll keep it for much longer, I am absolutely certain that if given that first choice again with 20/20 hindsight, I'd still pick it today. This Saturn Ion Redline taught me many things. I knocked a fair bit off the price by giving the previous owner back the sub/amp combo he'd installed because I didn't think I'd care about the sound system. Turns out I did, but the discount was worth it (though not as much as I'd thought.) I bought the car with a CEL for an O2 sensor on. This is where I learned that nearly every problem a Redline has initially reads as an O2 sensor issue. In my case, the O2 sensor CEL was caused by a faulty intercooler pump. Always be sure to get a COMPLETE mod list from the previous owner, when I attempted to replace the clutch it took nearly a month to do because I kept finding aftermarket parts that were incompatible with the ones I'd bought and had to order new ones. Several times I considered slapping it back together and making the parts I had work, but my patience held out and after getting the right parts, installing them correctly, and carefully following the break-in procedure, it has been nothing but smooth sailing since. I learned these things and many more through this, my first car, and those lessons will remain engrained in my mind for the rest of my days.
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