I've had my 94 SC2 for almost three years now. I couldn't tell you how many owners its had but I do know that whoever owned it last didn't maintain it very well. When I bought it I had to have both front wheel bearings replaced. Last year we redid the low side of the motor due to a blown oil seal. All of that's fixed as well as a newer transmission. Despite all the work I've put into my Saturn, I love the car. I will definitely buy another one.
I love the flip up headlights, the simplicity of the cabin and instrument cluster, nothing fancy, basic, functional and clean. The electric fan switch instead of vacuum controlled like most GM vehicles was a nice touch.
Depending on what the car comes with I almost always put in a new stereo. The location of the cup holders isn't the best (In the back) however you get used to it. Not the most headroom for taller people but the multiple seat adjustments make up for that.
Bought my '94 SC2 in 2000. It already had over 80k, and since then I've put a lot of hard miles on it. The odometer broke about 7 years ago. My best estimate is now 200-250k. With occasional repairs (clutch, alternator, starter, radiator), it's gone through ten years of abuse. I've gone way too long between oil changes, ignored warning lights for months, driven it on loose Florida sand and through mud, planted it nose-first in a ditch, and otherwise subjected it to youthful stupidity. It still looks great. It still runs. It still gets good mileage. But, sadly, it needs an expensive new timing chain, so I'm donating it to charity. Maybe someone else can still get some use out of it.
Gas mileage and reliability. Also, dents pop right out of the body panels.
Burns oil. Hydroplanes easily. Not much head or leg room -- this is not a car for tall people.
Purchased from my sister in 03 with 77k on it. She drove it 3 yrs in Romania, 3yrs in England, and 2 years in Greece. I drive it 4000 miles a month and it's been great. Odometer broke at 243,00 miles and transmission finally failed at 250,000. Replaced Radiator at 150,000 and serpentine belt tensioner pully at 220,000. Desert temperatures are extreme in AZ and AC's never failed.
Still cheaper than a new car and current mpg is 30 city, 38 highway. Could be the synthetic blend oil helps alot. Roomy enough enough to store a 12 ft inflatable boat and all the gear. Solidly built and runs smooth.Wish I could find a small wagon like that today.
Clear coat on hood has failed twice and am unsure why as this is the only area that the original paint has failed. Also, trying to change the license plate light bulbs inside the rear panel was extremely difficult.
Bought this car used in 1996 (nearly 13 years ago)with 18,000 miles on it. It is easily the most dependable car I have ever owned. Replaced catalytic converter and alternator only once, no other major issues with regular maintenance done. Automatic transmission has been flawless ever since, and the engine is still smooth and strong as ever. It is just a great, practical car. Seeing many of these still on the road in 2009 is a testament to it's reliability.
Wagon back is practical and with back seats down there is plenty of cargo room. Plastic body panels have kept the car in amazing shape. Controls are simple and intuitive.
Well, Saturn has come a long way since 1994. The headliner is drooping and some of the interior plastic is loose and rattling but if they still made this car today as it was in 1994 I would buy it all over again just for it's reliability, practicality, and simplicity.
Performance Comfort Fuel Economy Fun To Drive Interior Design Exterior Design Build Quality Reliability
1994 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan
Bought this car about two months ago. Love it! Was unsure if i would like it because i was still attached to my '97 Plymouth Neon that i absolutely adored. Sold it for a truck.. regret that one. But this car is sleek, sexy, easy to add performance and make it fast. I painted the rims black to match the near black dark, dark blue. I also painted all four of the brake calipers red. Altered the intake, K&N filter, Spectre intake tubes, brand new Bosch +2 (dual prong) plugs, and cleaned injectors and throttle body make this car get up and go. Dont have the oil burning problem, but gas mileage isnt amazing(25+). Love a good, fun car to drive and care for and this is the one! Thanks Saturn!
Paint is in near perfect condition for its year, engine is quick for its size, interior and exterior design is satisfactory.
Suspension could be higher quality, back seat is much too small. ;-)