The little thing is fantastic. I've had to replace the thermostat. And the passenger side wheel bearing. The previous owner was the heavier side and broke the seats down. But my issue is driving on the highway the will run at 3500 rpm at 70mph would like to know why its doing this.
I have owned this car for almost 10 years now and it has been extremely reliable. I only had to have one major service performed beyond the recommended and that was after it hit 100,000 miles and it was not anything beyond normal wear. The car is still fun to drive and I would definitely consider another Saturn as a replacement.
First off, I have to say this is an excellent starter car. I got my license a few months back, but don't have a car of my own. My step-mom has been letting me use her car, and I love driving it around. It's very smooth and handles really well. It's also got the power to get you out of a tight spot if you're ever in one. The exterior is hard to damage, which is part of the reason why this is a good beginner car. It also turns a surprising number of heads, which most teenagers will admit, is something they look for in a car. And as I read in another review and can confirm, it feels like you're going faster than you really are, which for me helps to keep me from speeding unconsciously.