1999 Saturn SL Reviews from North America - Page 7 of 13

1999 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L DOHC

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance200800 miles
Previous carAMC Eagle

Summary:

The best car I have ever owned hands down

Faults:

Another set of front wheel bearings since last review (at 150,000 miles).

New snow tires since last review.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

This car continues to be amazing. I am beginning to wonder not if, but when I will roll this car over 300,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2006

1999 Saturn SL

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

If there cars are "only built to last 100,000 miles" I am not going to be purchasing another one

Faults:

The coolant had a leak, which was fixed, right before the entire headgasket blew at 117,000 miles. We took it into the dealer and they said that "Cars are only made to last until 100,000 miles". They also admitted that it was a casting defect that the manufacturer knew about. They told me it was worth about 200 dollars and a piece of junk. Replacing it would be pointless at this point. Interesting, a car should only last 100,000 miles. He said he bought his girls each a saturn, but since he was on the outside looking in he knew to purchase a twin cam. I was not pleased with the service they gave me, nor the respect the dealership gave a woman.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2006

27th Apr 2009, 21:59

Cars are built to last only as long as the warranty. If the warranty is 100k, then it is only built to last 100k. Whatever you get beyond that is due to the care of your car. I've seen BMW's hit 100k, and 400k, both the same model and year, both cared for differently.

1999 Saturn SL

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance89500 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

I am very satisfied with this car

Faults:

There a large plastic panel underneath the front of the car that too easily gets caught on things and has been torn off.

General Comments:

This car is extremely dependable and provides great gas mileage.

However, it's got some body design problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th September, 2005

1999 Saturn SL

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired38000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles

Summary:

Otherwise, this 1999 SL bare-bones car gets good gas mileage

Faults:

A plastic bushing in the manual transmission shift linkage broke. Saturn does not sell just the bushing, only the whole shift assembly for several hundred dollars. I found out over the Internet that other Saturn owners have encountered the same broken shift bushing problem. There is even an individual selling a bushing replacement for just a few dollars. Given that Saturn tries to create such a positive owner image, I find it ridiculous that they don't sell just the part in question. Why not just sell you a whole new car when the tires wear out!

Additionally, I have had to alternator once and the battery several times. As this car is driven by son at school, it was serviced for this problem by a local Saturn dealership. I would normally think of this as simple maintenance, but my daughter drives a 1996 SL2 and has also replaced the alternator and battery several times before having 90,000 miles on her car.

My sons and daughters Saturn's together have gone through more batteries and alternators than my old 1977 Oldsmobile with 350,000 miles!

General Comments:

My son and daughters Saturn's together have gone through more batteries and alternators than my 28 year old 1977 Oldsmobile with 350,000 miles!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2005

30th Sep 2005, 01:17

I would really like to know who is selling the bushing for a few dollars, I just had mine break and need a replacement fast as I am now without a car. If you can just send his name to Spydertl33@hotmail.com.

18th Dec 2007, 13:27

My 1999 Saturn did the same thing last Friday when I was leaving work. I was able to jam it into 2nd and drove 23 miles home. Man did I annoy some people. Anyway, I confirmed with Saturn. They do not offer just the bushing. It's funny how that works out for them, isn't it? I used wire for a temporary fix. I'm going to home depot to buy a couple of washers. I'm going to drill a small hole through the ball; attach the washers, and thread a screw through that. Hopefully, this will be a permanent fix.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 47 reviews