I have owned over 10 cars (Celicas, Corollas, Camero, Firebird) and have driven many (Honda Civic, Prelude, Volks., etc.), this is the Best over all car I have owned or driven: based on performance, reliability and fuel economy.
Own this car for 7 years, underestimated car in the coupe category even not necessary the top one! Lost cost for maintenance, very reliable, efficient engine (with low fuel consumption for 98 model and still (more efficient & mileage with plus/supreme fuel then regular). No wonder GM integrated this ''test'' engine for Saturn into the other GM line. Only bad note, transmission component to be change every 3-4 years.
Polymere chassis, outdoor & indoor design, trunk space & accessibility
I first received this car when I was 16 years old. It had about 100,000 miles on it and now has close to 140,000. The car drives very well with no complaint at all. Has had regular oil changes every 3000 miles, and is very well maintained, as my father is a mechanic. The only thing that has gone wrong is the rear driver window quit working, and the shift cable linkages went out at 130,000 miles, but was an easy fix. This car has been nothing but reliable, and the car and I have been through thick and thin. This car has the perfect balance of speed, reliability, and fuel economy (can get 400 miles out of a tank)
5 speed manual, handling, dent resistant body panels, Fuel economy, cheap to insure, alloy wheels.
Better seats as they are too low to the ground, less rattles in the cabin, power windows that will stay working
I have had this car since 48000 miles. It currently has 126000. I've had this car since I was 16. I was kind of hard on it in high school but it still runs like new. It burns a little oil but besides that it runs like a new car, starts right up, and goes on long trips. Plus almost 40MPG is a great success!
I purchased this car a long time ago and I was suprised honestly to see all the bad reviews on this forum about Saturns. My 98 Saturn SC2 has 150K miles on it (its a 10 year old car now). I had an issue with the linkage a while back as most people have talked about, but the original linkage lasted until a year or so ago. The car has issues with overheating in stop go traffic now. The paint has faided over time and on both doors the paint is chipping off slowly around the top of the door. The cuise ctrl no longer works (too much $ to fix). I burn about 1 quart between changes of oil (I do this every 3K miles). For a 10 year old car, it still looks darn good and runs good...considering its age
37MPG no matter how I drive it, I have gotten low 40s before! It keeps up with traffic and has decent zip. Bucket seats are comfortable for long trips. Back seats arent big enough to take more than one person on a longer trip though. Rear seats fold down to create massive haul space for small car
Create better jack points, better stability at hwy speeds, stronger gear linkage, put AC where Alternator is, so that alternator could be changed out by owner. For its price it is a realtively safe, dependable and good MPG car. Its no award winning car, but its good for A to B