The thing has a govener: cuts the fun off at 104 MPH; it could go faster open the door or roll down the window, water comes in from the roof. The catalitic converter destructs about 5-6 years from purchase I had problem with the master clutch cylinder The seat destructs after about 7 years. nice car.
I bought this car in the fall of 2002 strictly for transport back and forth to work 50 miles each way. seeming the gas in my new zr2 was casting a mint just to get to work. i was a little nervous buying a car with 173k, but i checked the car out and it runs outstanding!! No knock pings nothing. i have put more tha 10k on this car in the last 6 months and have nothing but great things to say about this little car.
I bought my Saturn 9 months ago and i have lots of great things to say about it. First off, excellent fuel economy helps the driver on a budget. Second, in spite of it's 4-cyc engine it is quite quick. i have about 25,000 miles on it already and have had to change nothing mechanically (besides what i messed up myself tryin to upgrade). Great car to drive and own.
I bought my first new car, a 1991 Saturn base SL with A/C and a tape player for $9,300. I bought a warranty. What a waste-I never once used it. Over the life of the car I had replaced 2 windshields, water pump, alternator, radiator and A/C Condenser, and the master brake cylinder. Over 185,000 happy miles and a lot of Chicago driving with lots of road salt - no doubt contributing to the premature wear of the radiator and A/C condenser. I never leaked any oil nor did it ever need a clutch replaced! I'm sure it's out there somewhere still running strong.....
I bought my Saturn SL2 (the 125hp twin cam model) used and have been pleased overall. The polymer exterior is stylish and holds up exceptionally well to abuse. The drive is responsive with great cornering and little body roll. The car is unusually light so it has a tendency to lose traction in snow; be careful if you drive in northern areas. The engine and drivetrain are very well made and reliable. The electronics are a different story. These Saturns are notorious for failing electrical components such as starters and alternators. These are relatively inexpensive however so are an inconvenience more than anything.