My friend maintained this car well. I/we have dumped too much money into replacing the cheap parts they used to manufacure it with. The sunroof was replaced 3x before the warranty ran out and has not worked since. Fuse box, rear axle & complete break system failure. Next rebuild the engine & the car will have been completely gone through. It has the squirreliest steering too.
All though it blows white smoke & gets stuck in high idle it still gets 28-30 mpg in the city. That's the only thing I can say good about it. Oh, the CD player still works :-)
I totally agree with not manufacturing these cars anymore. I would not dare to drive it too far for fear of getting stranded again.
Best small car ever owned first 10 years can still hit 40 mpg at 60 mph without air on, a-c always works, at 104000 and 10 years old, needed new head 2 grand to put in, later in year 11 a coolant sensor $ 200
Got My Saturn in March 2003 and its one of the Best Cars I have ever ownned. In the 6 1/2 Years I owned this car I only had to Put two new tires on it and got it with 30'000 Miles. While stopped for a turn my 6 month Pregnant wife was rear ended by a van doing 50 mph and pushed into oncoming traffic where she was hit Head on again by a Mercury Grand doing 50. She and the Baby were fine. Bumps, and cuts thats All. I know this car saved her and the Babies Life. This car was a Miracle. I wanted to keep this car forever.
Paint looks like new, Great Gas Mileage, Reliabily, Great Pickup.
Bought the car new in 1999 and have had only the typical maintenance done. Only after all these years is it starting to show some issues. Most of my issues probably are because of the recommended services at 60,000 Miles have yet to be performed while I'm at 72,000 miles. If I were planning on keeping it I'd surely do this. I settled for the extreme basic SL2 model w/o any of the extras. Not even a CD player. I love the car for the daily commute to work and since I have the 5 speed manual transmission it has enough pep when I need it too. I doubt that it would be quite as peppy if it were an auto. trans. Love the car hate what's happening in the auto industry today.
Gas mileage, durability and retention of body appearance. Plastic sides equal zero rust! Looks much newer than it actually is.
Intermittent wipers when it's cold. They either won't work or work sporadically which is a real hassle when there is lots of salt on the road and you need to use washer fluid which also was prone to freezing, which I attribute to quick oil change places using watered down fluid.
My SC2, which I bought new in '99, has had leaking gaskets from day one...first the 3rd door gasket leaked, which was replaced, and the trunk gasket has leaked since '00. I've been driving around w/a trunk full of water for about 8 years now...the moonroof motor stopped working about 5 years ago...windshield wipers have been replaced twice...(not the blades, that would be petty...)the wiper arms strip where they're connected, so the motor runs, but the wiper blades don't. buy a honda or something reliable...