I bought this Saturn at 100k and drove it for five years. I had to put a lot of money in up front (new tires, struts, some transmission work). Engine always ran fine. Metal shield on the bottom kept having to be re-riveted after it would start an awful rattle. City mileage 19(winter) to 25 (summer) in Chicago. A little too long but excellent cargo capacity. Eventually sold it to the mechanic after the alternator failed at 150k. Rugged basics, but many little repairs over time, EGR valve, front calipers, tie-rod, CV joint, corroded connecting between cat and muffler, fan belt wheel, etc...so heart of the car was solid, death by pin-pricks.
Cargo capacity, inexpensive, decent mileage
wish it were a little short, for easier parking/turning,
This little wagon had been sitting for 2yrs with a dead battery and a very bad timing chain. The dealer sold it thinking it was done for sure with over a 195,000 miles on the clock. We paid $350 dollars for it only because it had a very nice aquamarine body and a very nice interior. We changed the battery, installed a new timing chain and gears, fresh oil and filters in both engine and transmission, and new set of spark plugs. The little car fired right up and ran like a clock. Passed state inspection with no problems. After 2 months of driving it has averaged 38 to 42 miles to the gallon and did I mention it's an automatic.
The front end looks great, and the fuel economy is outstanding, the a/c is cold and it's fun to drive.
I'm 6'3" and it is hard to get into and even harder to exit, but the economy you get is worth it!
Bought used as a temporary replacement after hearing good things about Saturn's. There's nothing good about this car. It's underpowered & not economical. Burns a quart of oil every 500 miles, reverse and 2nd gear are shot ($2700 to repair), mysterious intermittent ignition, catalytic converter is noisy and needs replacing, not good on gas.
Having always driven imports I really
wanted a domestic for a change and
wanted a station wagon. The Saturn has
been reliable and inexpensive to own. I
paid twice for similar repairs on the
Acura that I previously owned. The
engine had been replaced in this car and
has prvided ample performance and economy.
Would I buy another? Absolutely.
Probably the best feature for this car
is the standard transmission. I've
always driven a stick and was looking
for a Saturn wagon with one.
Suprisingly, there a lot of them out there.
My Saturn experience was mostly
positive. The car ran pretty good
although road noise was a problem at
times. My major complaint with the car
was oil consumption. The car was
always using oil and neither the
dealership or private repair shops
could find the reason. It's a great
little get around wagon and I would