My 5-spd LS1 has been my daily driver
for 4 years including a handful of road
trips and plenty of New England winter
driving. I've always been very
satisfied. Almost nothing but routine
maintenance for 62K miles, except for
needing a new oil pan after a metal
casting in the road punched a hole in
it. Still on original clutch, replaced
tires around 30K, brakes around 55K.
Car does remarkably well in snow (esp.
with aftermarket all-season tires), has
plenty of ooomph at high revs in lower
gears. I love the fact that I can leave
town for a week, come back to a snowy
airport parking lot, and it always
starts right up.
Ergonomics are good. Seats are comfy
for hours of driving. Handles well,
although there's noticeable body roll.
With a little gearbox-rowing, this car
is a lot of fun to drive.
Biggest complaint is electronics. Brake
light sockets can short out if you
don't bend the metal contact points a
little. Radio volume too "jumpy" -- not
enough levels to choose from.
A deoendable commuter car.
Nothing fancy about a Saturn. Plain
interior and plain exterior. I have
had absolutely no problems with this
car. Would I own another? Probably
not...just too vanilla for me. If you
are tall, like me, driving position
may be a problem...it's barely
acceptable as is.
Acceleration. The 6 cylinder has good
spunk. The turning radius is amazing.
Anti-lock brakes work good, eventhough
the dealership really tried to talk me
out of it for some reason.
The doors really, really suck. What I
mean is that the hinging does not
match the doors...they close on you
while trying to get out of the car.
The anti-traction feature actually
creates a pause when kicking in...this
is not good when you are trying to get
in traffic by punching it.
I have had my Saturn for a few years
and now and I have had little to no
problems with it. I like the V-6
engine and all the extra power that
comes with it. This was my second
Saturn, I previously had a 1994 Saturn
S-Series which getting a little small
for my lifestyle so, I upgraded. I
look foreward to upgrading again to the
new VUE in a year or two.
My spoiler is awesome and the metal
highlights. The alloy wheels are
pretty sweet for stock and the stereo
The cabin seats are a tad uncomfortable
for your back. The console could be
bigger as well.
We purchased this car new in Nov.
1999. Having owned 3 S-series cars we
expected similar quality and
reliability. We have been very
dissappointed. We now have about
115,000 miles and are on our 5th set
of tires! The most we have gotten out
a set is 35,000 miles. We have had it
aligned, but high quality tires and
nothing seems to help. We have had
transmission issues, electrical
issues, coolant leaks and broken coil
springs. If you are considering this
car don't. We have been happy with
the gas mileage, 30 mpg, and
performance but they don't outweigh
the nagging problems.