by ryan3462 on Jun 23, 2014 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 4A)
I bought the car about a year ago with 170,000 miles on it, it now has 180,000. it has never gave me any engine problems and has never failed to start on me. These SL2s could last forever if you treat them right. I have no intention of selling it until it dies. If you're looking to buy one, I suggest you buy it!
by mainsworth on Nov 20, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 4A)
We bought it new in Fargo ND,while on vacation.
I love this car. the silverblue paint still shines. its been parked outside most of the time. 178,000 miles on it I change the oil every 4000 r 5500 miles.its had transmission fluid and filter and radiator fluid
changed 3 r 4 times now.A/c still works,heat working actually everything has been working very well.transmossion solonoids change plugs an wires. power windows power locks remote door locks all work. with a little work i cleaned the interrior and I think it still looks like new.O yeah a few brake changes and one allignment.
by mattmk on Jun 22, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my SL1 with 26 miles on the odometer. Had doubts about this car from the outset; the car I was supposed to get had trans. failure on the way to the dealer. At the moment, I'm just shy of 260,000. I'm hoping to make it to 300K. The car has been very reliable, the only major issues I've had:
1) Front driver side wheel bearing ($400)
2) Back up lights stopped working at about 200K
3) Emergency brake (which I used every time) went at about 250K
4) The engine goes through about 2 qts of oil every 4k miles. I also used 10W30 instead of 5W30 and still averaged 38mpg
I finally replaced both front headlamps ($34) with a little brighter lamp.
Heat and A/C still work (surprise!)
by steiny96 on Jan 19, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
This is the ultimate second car to own. It looks innocent, pedestrian. The interior is satisfying but not a luxury experience. The seats are supporting but not completely comfortable. But, underneath this boring appearance is a great ride. The steering is weighted perfect--just point and steer. The engine groans when pushed, but is surprisingly quick. And the 5-speed is smooth and a joy to use. Add to that a very reliable engine, rust proof exterior and 35 to 40 MPG, and you get a car that makes the drive to work quick, reliable and cheap. It isn't a Honda, it isn't a Porsche and it isn't a Buick. It's a Saturn. And for the money, you can't buy this much fun from any of those brands.
by dthyrunner14 on Oct 12, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car new in '02.
Low mileage first 2 1/2 years due to college, except for a spring break trip from Ohio to Texas.
Performed wonderfully entire trip.
Currently at 125,00.
Have only started having trouble with it last 3 years or so.
Ignition went bad, actually had to be replaced TWICE, but 2nd time was probably due to the fact that dealer did not tell me to get a new key made after the first replacement.
Around 120,000, catalytic converter was to be replaced.
Muffler also shakes and has been difficult to fix, but the fiance tries. :)
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