Who Knew that a Saturn was a good car. I wrecked my old car and needed another to commute 40 miles round trip to work. I cam across a '94 SL1 with 35K miles on it......I did a double take, and investigated and it looked to be a real deal. My first driving impressions was that it was ok, but it grew on me. Odometer went out and had to be repaired, but other than that, its a winner. It rides well and has decent performance. You will like the fuel economy and the reliability.
Gas mileage. Dependability.
Car burns a lot of oil. Found out most Satty's do. Not an issue because of the dependable gas mileage. Just remember to check your oil often!!! Cup holders? Never had any. Stereo system and that cheap plastic.
I purchased this car 2 years ago, (1995) and love how it handles in the snow. Couldn't ask for a better handling car, was amazed at it. However, some maintenance issues have got me looking for another vehicle. Heater core is going bad, just replaced the brakes for a pretty huge sum of money. Interior is cheap; windows leak, plastic parts inside are wearing, and I need a fuel injector. Basically, just normal wear and tear, and I have to pump all this into it in one summer. Car came with pretty decent stereo, speakers could crank some more but it is an econ car. Overall, I recommend it--mileage is alright. Get a newer one though--avoid old car problems.
Handling in bad weather is awesome. I drive a good ways to college, and in Michigan winters this is a must-have
Longer lasting heater core? lol--it is after all a 1994, disappointed it will cost so much to fix, and very difficult to get to, the dash needs to be removed. cha ching! seals around windows and doors need to be made better, they leak.
First off, I have to say this is an excellent starter car. I got my license a few months back, but don't have a car of my own. My step-mom has been letting me use her car, and I love driving it around. It's very smooth and handles really well. It's also got the power to get you out of a tight spot if you're ever in one. The exterior is hard to damage, which is part of the reason why this is a good beginner car. It also turns a surprising number of heads, which most teenagers will admit, is something they look for in a car. And as I read in another review and can confirm, it feels like you're going faster than you really are, which for me helps to keep me from speeding unconsciously.
Tough exterior, looks good, handles great, and gets excellent gas mileage.
As a teenager, you know I have to say it could use a CD player to play my Tom Petty CDs, but hey, it's 13 years old. They've already fixed that. And other than sometimes having to put a hand on the ground to push yourself out, I can't think of anything else.
Car has 230,000 miles on it and runs great still. I have replaced common items such as Radiator, waterpump, rear wheel bearings, belt tensioner, fuel pump, and rebuilt starter. I am amazed this car still runs so good for all my harsh short trip driving. Last road trip I once got 39.88 MPG. Does not burn oil. I will probably buy newer Saturn this summer.
I inherited this car from a family member about 4 years ago. She is my first car, and I just love her! She has held up to 4 years of heavy city driving, and one cross-country move, without a complaint. Some particularly cold mornings (below zero), the heat takes a while to kick in, but that's to be expected on an older vehicle. This is a great car as a starter, inexpensive to own, insurance cost is very low, and she's ridiculously easy to drive!
Gas mileage, low cost of ownership, peppy getup when needed.
I think that Saturn has already changed what I don't like about the car. The poor speakers (they make very rude noises at passengers when any sort of bass is involved). No cup holders in the front.