Good little car. Rides well even after all these years. Had the brakes replaced a few times (once under warranty, alternator replaced twice but other than regular maintenance & oil changes haven't had much problem with it. Still gets good mileage. It's not the smoothest running car or the most powerful but it is a very economical and easy to drive car. Except for a few dings the body still looks good. I still drive it everyday but will soon give it to my son who needs an old economical car to drive back and forth to work. After 15 1/2 years I,m going to miss it.
Plastic body still looks good. Easy to see out window when backing up Good cargo space with fold down seats
husband complained of tight fit no automatic windows
This car was bought with 33,000 milesWe
are the second owner,the saturn
experience at the dealer has always
been great.The saturn dealer takes care
of its car owners and never takes
advantage of them.This car has 4wheel
disc brakes and traction control and
15"sport tires,this makes it hadle very
well when pushed hard.the gas mileage
has always been great,and is better
when staying at 65mph or less.over the
life of the car we have replaced 2
mufflers,6 sets of disc brake rotors,1
set of brake pads,1 altenator,1dome
light,1 setplug wires,platinum plugs,2
coolant bottles(magnet sensor inside
bottle was fault)and 3 egr valves
covered by warranty.
#1 corners well
@2 beats 4.3 liter s-10s at the stop
lights.(all models except syclone)
#3 dependable high rev motor
#4 great on gas
#5with blizzak tires the traction
control works great in winter snow and
#6 modern body style
#7 plastic body they cannot be beat.
#1 the sound system is very poor. #2
the ride is harsh
#3 better egr valves
#4 thicker brake rotors(vented)
#5 better sound deadening inside with
less squeaks and rattles.
#6 more backseat room for child seats.
#7 bring back the telescopic steering
Bought this to replace a well-used 1991
SL. With only 66K miles on it so far,
things look real good. The interior is
in tip-top shape. Can't beat the deal
for fun go-to-work car that doesn't
break the bank. Doesn't burn any oil!
Good ergonomics. Stereo w/EQ sounds
Transmission shifts when it wants,
needs to be made smoother. Water leak
from roof. Interior A-pillar moldings
break too easily. Gas mileage could be
better: 27 highway. What happened to
the legroom from the 1991 models?
I have enjoyed the handling of the car, some road sounds, but not too bad. It
would never fit a larger person, and if a taller person drives, the rear
passinger is cramped. At 43K it went through a timing chain and now again
at 79K. They claim the oil needs to be changed every 3K or 3 Months, not
91 days or 3001 miles and they mean it. Dirty oil plugs a tensioner on the
chain causing it to fail. Yes you can see the engine and all parts, very well
thought out. I would not purchace another one because of the poor timing
chain design, but never had any other problems.
More than enough power, handles turns like a sports car.
Get rid of the hydrolic oil tensioner and put a simple spring in, a lot less can
go wrong. Push the rear seat back a few inches for a little more room.
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