I bought the 1993 Saturn SL2 used from a private party in August 2003 w/ only 45,000 miles on it. From the very 1st day I had it the car was nothing, but a money pit even though it had a clean Carfax record!!! 1st of all the car burned a ton of oil ( a quart every 600-700 miles and after reading many reviews this seems to be a problem on this model. 2nd - The A/C Blew out on it and had the compressor replaced 3 times because the clutch on the compressor kept burning out for some reason that mechanics couldn't figure out. 3rd - Went through 2 alternators. 4th - My favorite here went through 3 tensioner pulleys, which Saturns seem to go through all the time. Out of space but can go on!
Good gas mileage
Saturn could've engineered this thing a lot better to make it last. Another improvement is for Saturn's to build better engines that won't burn oil
This little car has been in my family since its conception. Only minor problems with it, alternator (2 Times) o2 sensor, and curently in need of struts. If your looking for a car you just can't seem to kill, this is a good choice for the penny pincher. It might not be the coolest car, ( comparable to a Pacer), but it is reliable. I like it, but need something a little more "me".
The reliablility, the handling, the ease or repair.
Better noise elimination in the cabin. More preformance options. Bigger seats. I'm a tall person, almost need to sit in back to be comfortable.
i had this car for a year and i liked it. it was smooth. It gave good mileage on higway 35MPG and with in city 22MPG. I had no major problems with it. Exterior looks cheap in quality. i like the view from front.
Bought my Saturn SL2 after 15 years in a well-loved VW Rabbit. Can't believe I am at 12 years in the Saturn - it still looks almost new. I got sidswiped in a parking lot and was able to scrape the other car's paint off with a cuticle stick, re-wax, and voila, looks like new. Any other car would have been $1000 in the body shop. After a few mechanical glitches under warranty which the dealer cheerfully fixed, I have had no significant problems and have spent very little money on the car other than preventive maintenance. Buying this car was a good decision! I am hoping for 4-5 more years while the kid is in college.
Plastic side panels, general appearance and comfort. Nice gearing (5 speed)
Nothing in particular - my husband doesn't especially like the car because it's a tight fit. Not for big people.