I just purchased a 94 SL1 sedan from a friend of mine, who has a son that works in a local Saturn dealer. This car was traded in by the original owner. Car has 217k on it, and the engine was replaced at around 150k. I purchased the car purely as a commuter car, as I drive 110 miles round trip daily, and diesel was getting way too expensive. This car runs perfect, and has been getting low 40's in the MP department! This is no BMW, but for what it is, it is a nice little beater
I would have to say that I love this car for all of the basic reasons you would need a car for. I have owned this car for just over 2 years and have only replaced the alternator once, had new brakes put on, and got new tires. Not bad for an emergency buy. My problem with this car is that everything that is not mechanical on this car that can break, has broken. From the covers on those annoying mechanical seatbelts to the vent grills on the dashboard, just about every single cosmetic feature of this car is a piece. The dome light falls off the ceiling for no reason. The radio mysteriously changes stations by itself for no apparent reason. It goes on, and on, and on...
The car just will not die. Never once has this car ever left me stranded anywhere, and I drive it a lot. I can't say this enough, if you just want a car to get you from point A to point B then this is your ride. Don't buy it if you are concerned with anything other than transportation.
Vehicle integrity. After a minor rear ending, the car was essentially totalled. I still drive it, but the front driver seat reclined all the way back if you lean on it. The other driver's insurance company wrote me a check for the value of the car after a measley rear end fender bender.
Performance Comfort Fuel Economy Fun To Drive Interior Design Exterior Design Build Quality Reliability
1994 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan
Great little economy car for the
family. It gets great gas mileage,
comes well loaded with options, has
reasonably crisp acceleration for a car
it's size. We purchased an SL2
automatic, and have had problems with
the valve body. It's been replaced
twice in the last two years at $710 for
parts and labor. OUCH!
Easy to drive--you think you're driving
faster than you really are. GM parts
are fairly inexpensive. Good gas
I purchased a used 1994 SC2 w/ 60k for
$7500. Within 2 months I needed a new
transmission. Five months later the
car was nearly totalled by a minivan
but repaired. After that the car was
nothing but trouble. It finaly died
when the timing chain blew a hole in
the head. The only saving grace of the
car was it was a blast to drive.
Simply fun to drive.
What designer puts two cupholders in
the back seat and none in front?
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