I created an account just for the purpose to compliment this vehicle. It's my wifes car, we've had it for about 5 years and 80,000 miles. It's at 166,000 right now and it still runs, drives, and looks great. I'm 6'3" 200lbs so I'm not a fan of smaller cars, but really this isn't too bad. Plain and simple, it is without a doubt the most affordable, most reliable, trouble free car I have EVER owned, been around or known of - Period. I'm my own mechanic, I know cars and I know things like brakes, tires, and mufflers wear out. That's about all we've had to replace on this car - And the best part is all the parts are super cheap! Average of 30 MPG with a driving ratio of 70 hwy/ 30 city
Fun, zippy little car that is ULTRA reliable. It hauls if you run it through the gears to redline - And yes I do, and yes it's fun, and yes it's still reliable! Looks good and sporty from the outside. Plastic body panels are AWESOME! You always have a dent free car. Too bad the Saturn line has retired.
For the cars price range and purpose I don't think you could ask for more. If I wanted to be picky I would suggest better seats, I don't think it's too confortable after about an hour or two of driving.
I bought my 98 Saturn SL2 5 speed manual new in 1998 and I can't believe after 323,000 miles that it is still going strong. Yes I have had to replace many things, but never anything major like a transmission. It is now burning oil but you would expect that at this point. It has been great not having a car payment for the last 8 years. If you want a basic car that gets you from point A to point B this would be the car. I am just disapointed that GM discontinued the Saturn. I will be sad to see my Saturn go when the time comes.
Purchased this car new in 9/1997, fully loaded with all the options. For the price, you really can't complain. Gets excellent gas mileage, ABS + Traction control allow the car to handle well in the snow, parts are cheap to replace/repair, and it's a compact, sporty ride. I upgraded the deck and speakers early on (something I highly recommend doing, given the subpar stock unit). Major problems with the car throughout the years related back to the engine - the SL models burn oil like crazy. I've been adding oil every couple of fill ups for at least 6-years. Transmission is going out now at 138K; upgrading to a nicer ride.
Compact, sporty ride. I found it fun to drive. Great gas mileage. Fairly reliable for the price tag. Fits taller people (I'm 6'0) easily with the front bucket seats.
Engine burns oil/revs RPMs in park (what I affectionately call it "trying to drive itself"). Sunroof has been replaced once, and still doesn't work. Cheap construction/parts, but you pay for what you get.
Bought the car for 800 as is and only needed a muffler for a sticker. Didn't come with power steering but cause the car only weighed 2,300 lbs I didn't even need P/S! All the parts for it were cheap, plugs and wires cost me 30 bucks at most. Very easy to work on too! lots of room in the engine bay. Had to change the motor (might have over rev it.) Great on gas too! I got 36 MPG@70 mph! IT also handled great with the multi link suspension in the rear makes the back roads fun and with confidence! Sadly it was totaled in a crash but my friend and I walked away unharmed. By far most reliable and safest car out there!
Plastic body panels so it wont rust! great on gas, Ice cold A/C and blistering hot Heat, cheap and easy to fix and Great handling. Also the fold down seats!
Better seats, any long distance drives left my back sore
This is my second Saturn. The first was a station wagon. I thought the constant rattling was a flaw in the wagon, but this one rattles constantly too. I've had the same problems others have had. The door seals have been loose since I bought it. All of the overhead handles have come off (and they weren't used). It burns through oil really quickly. I have to add a quart a month between oil changes. I see there are people who have gotten 35+ mpg. I have only ever gotten 24 mpg. Now the ignition isn't working. The key won't turn on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd try. It can take up to 5 minutes of trying to start the car. I haven't had major problems, but I'm very disappointed with it.
It's cute, and it hasn't had any major engine/systems trouble. Interior space was good until my teenagers hit the height of 5'10".
Parts seem cheap and easily breakable. The constant rattling and vibration when idling is extremely irritating. Also my second Saturn with key trouble (one was locks; this one is the ignition). New keys don't help. It's the internal mechanism.