2002 Saturn S-Series Consumer Review: 02 SL1 Commuter

2002 Saturn S-Series - Consumer Review

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SL1 Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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02 SL1 Commuter
By mattmk on


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!)

Best Features

Great gas mileage, low maintenance

Worst Features

Make a car like this again, only with more legroom.
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