As an American compact, it depreciates faster than normal, but is safe, reliable, and affordable. I recommend getting a 1 or 2 year old SL for big savings. Stick can be stiff shifting into 1st gear, but otherwise smooth transmission. Suspension on the SL2 is superior for its size and class. Fuel economy is great, getting about 33 or 34 mpg in mixed city/hwy driving. Servicing at Saturn dealerships are affordable, and insurance (with USAA) was cheapest of all new cars in 2000.
Stick shift, SL2 engine's power to weight ratio, and user friendly radio/CD
Sun visor brackets, door paneling strength at elbos rest, first gear shifting, remote keyless weak range.
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