Ordered it from the factory, had BMW and was tired of mechanical problems. Saturn has been truly reliable with 93k. Fast, fast car between 30mph and 115. I live in Southern CA and people drive that fast. Handling is outstanding, I've worked a turbo Porsche and Ferraris in corners of Topanga Cyn. Love the safety and low insurance costs, especially out here. I got my mom a 2000 Saturn Sl2; my dad is now in a Vue, but his Lexus-owning wife took it from him. There is no better small car and the dealership experience is the best.
I bought this little car used with
120,000 miles on it. It runs great. A
nice 5 speed. I like the independent
suspension in the saturn (no solid
axels). Handels great. Can put in new
suspension for a great ride. Inside is
a little crampt but thats because I'm
a little fat. A very fun and
economical little car. The interior
build is a little chinsey, but thats
because Saturn needs to save money to
compete with the Asian market and the
Asian market does not have to employ
union workers(costs much more). Buy
American and keep our jobs in America.
Yahoo. This car is also great to hit
into shopping carts at the store. It
has dent resistant body pannels.
5 speed, power windows, gas mileage,
dent resistant doors.
Spend a little more time and money on
Purchased car new & maintained it.
Has paid me back via reliability in
ALL weather. Now that I'm a mom, I
love the child safety features. When
I was a grad student, loved the
roominess of fold down back seats.
Don't understand neg reviews...dealers
aren't as warm and "fuzzy" as they
were, but car is still great.
Reliability, safety, gas mileage,
sleek looks...easy to clean Cheerios
out of the back seat. Easy
to get under the hood and find my way
Traction control button turns on when
car turns on. If you don't need it
and forget to turn it off, the ride
gets noisy & a little rough because
the control keeps checking the brakes.
My friends parents have one of these
and when he takes it out its alot of
fun. he has a 5 speed so we race
people all the time. we have gotten
the this car up to 115 mph! it took a
little long and whistles alot at those
high speeds but handled well.
Not bad in the beginning. But at ~38K
miles, the head gasket cracked. So
that was $1,000. An air intake problem
filled the engine with carbon
deposits. Had to have an induction
performed -- another costly repair.
It's just sort of a cheap vehicle. The
interior rattles. I have to use an
octane additive about every 2 weeks to
prevent horrible knock/ping. I use
Restore to fix the compression I've
lost. I guess it still runs ok, but I
have to put A LOT of effort into making
sure it does...and I've got less than
50K on this car. And the worst
part...it depreciates faster than most
computers. There's almost no resale
value for this thing. Uhg!
cheap monthly payments.
I think they've worked out all the bugs
in their newer models. But is it too
much to ask for floormats? Better head