I have found this Saturn to be more than reliable. It has served me well. I've left it unused and unattended for long periods of time, and it starts up and runs beautifully from the moment I turn on the ignition. It has low mileage because of infrequent use. Everything about the car functions well.
This was my first car, and it was a great little gas saver. If you plan on picking one up, do it. It was reliable for about 25K miles before I had to put about $500 into a new alternator. Lacked horsepower or an real luxury features, but that's not what you're buying this car for. You're buying this car for a little commuter car than will get you from point A to point B. I thought it was fun to drive. It's light weight almost makes up for the lack of power. Fun through the corners.
Gas mileage. Simple design. Almost sporty looking.
Better alternators. (Saturn SL's had a problem with them, I guess).
I had been looking at Saturns after returning from 3 years in Germany (USAF). My Olds moved-up my plans, and a young airman on base was selling her's before going to the UK. The bare-bones SL at least had A/C, and the optional CD player! I normally had 33 to 35 mpg, and as high as 40 mpg, and using the A/C with wife, two kids, and luggage in the car! Yes, it was burring oil towards the end, and the materials used inside weren't the best, but I had over 250,000 miles on the car. GM made a big mistake by rebadging some Saturns as Chevys, Pontiacs, etc. Then they went away from that wonderful "lost-foam" cast 1.9L motor. GM should have stayed with the SL/SC line, and added the Vue, & Sky
"Arm-Strong" power-steering, well designed dash, and great mileage! The plastic side panels were a great idea, but every auto mag panned then because of the gaps.
It's too late, since GM has killed-off Saturn. I'm sure if they had stayed with the SL/SC line, they would have upgraded the materials used inside the cars, and added the things we expect today, like cup-holders. I'm sure they could have also turbocharged the 1.9 L engine, and it would've been great
I bought this car with 156k on it and have put almost 10k on it no problems at all. Great mileage 42 mpg at best 36 mpg at worst and 39 mpg avr. If you arer looking for cheap and a gas saver buy one of these. Pretty basic but gets the job done
Gas mileage, 5 speed, fold down rear seats.
Can tell i'ts cheaply made, but holds up to wear and tear