by Ben on Feb 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
I have owned this car over 3 years now and love it. Bought it with 96,000 on it and it now has 151,000 and runs great. Over the years I had minor issues, that usually come with owning a high mileage car. Belt, tires, tie rod, and a wheel bearing. For what I paid for the car and as long as I have had it. I give thanks to the builders for never having me stuck on the side of the road.
by Jason B. on Dec 29, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car new with 28 miles. I now have 212,000+! It's an economy car, so nothing fancy with the features. Replaced the usuals, but the front wheel bearings have needed replacing. The intake manifold gasket is next. Not bad for the high miles. It's a zippy car (4cyl, 5-speed manual), and the MPGs have paid for the car. Low resale, but not sure I'll sell before 300,000!
by John C on Apr 23, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car for A few reasons, I was looking for basic realiable transportation with good fuel economy and thats what I got with my Saturn sl. Being that it is A 5 speed manual brings the fun to drive up from A 5 to A 7 rating. threw the winter was averaging 32 mpg, but have gotten 37 mpg recently. over all am happy with this car.
by Robert on Mar 10, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
No major problems. Rather unremarkable. Car now has over 100,000 miles. Driving it at high altitude (5,000 - 11,000 feet). No problems with acceleration. Main problem is a rough ride and lots of vibration in stop and go traffic. Car seems like it is going to choke out when slowing or approaching a red light. Is starting to use oil. However, as stated, the car has over 100,000 mile and faces daily heavy driving on steep grades at high speeds. Been a low maintenance car and driven it loaded down cross country with high mileage. Car performs well at high speeds even with the high mileage.
by joolz on Jun 23, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
Bought last year for $5000 out the door. Gets great gas mileage (32 on combined surface/highway commute) has acceptable power for a 4banger. Looks good. I find it very uncomfortable on long trips. The seats sit low and have a deep pocket for your bum which means the raised edge hits your thigh and cuts off your circulation. A slightly firmer taller more upright seat would be so much more comfortable. The steering is a bit tight -can be jerky at high speed. The plastic insets (a/c vents, console pieces, etc) vibrate and make a lot of noise when idling at a stop or driving in low gears. Rides a little rough, you can feel all the bumps in the pavement
by duston22 on Dec 29, 2007 Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
Car purchased used from dealer as lease trade in with 50k on odometer. To date, 4 years 55,000 miles later with 110k miles, have replaced front brakes, and original serpentine belt. Thats it. zero maintenance other than oil ..... Averaging 36 mpg in daily comute, all time 2-way Round trip mpg was 46 mpg in Southern Oregon trip of 800 miles. No oil consumption. Zero. Car is low to ground, tub like, hard to get in and out of. As an economy car, this has to be one of the best vehicles ever built anywhere. Check out the empty curb weight and compare it to ANY 2008 auto. 2351 lbs, with a drag coefficient of 0.295. The EPA estimate of 40 mpg is easily reachable if you stay under 60 mph.
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