2000 Saturn SL Reviews from North America

2000 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L DOHC

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.9L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance343000 kilometres

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

As of July 2013, we are at 345,000km.

The only issue we had was the transmission valve body failed at 280,000km. This was not the car's fault; my local garage told me not to change the fluid as we did not tow a trailer. The owners manual said to change the fluid every 50,000km. I should have read the manual and not trusted the ma and pop garage.

We will continue to drive it until the motor or transmission fail.

General Comments:

Great value.

Thanks to the plastic panels and two wax jobs a year, it still looks new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2013

2000 Saturn SL SL2 1.9

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Reliable commuter car

Faults:

Air conditioner compressor clutch went out at 100,000 miles. It was a $500.00 repair.

Third fan blower speed stopped working around 120,000. Did not repair.

Used a quart of oil every 2-3 weeks. This is common for Saturns, as I've heard from others.

General Comments:

This car has been a great commuter car for me. Aside from the items listed above and regular wear and tear items, I have had no trouble out of this car. Make sure to keep up on the oil levels, and this car will last as long as you want it to.

This car handles very well in bad weather (rain, snow, etc.). My MPG averaged around 32-36 in mixed driving.

Love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2012

2000 Saturn SL SL2 DOHC

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

Not bad

Faults:

Brakes - Replaced the front rotors when I purchased the car. At 11000 miles they needed to be replaced again, and the rear brakes also needed work to avoid steering wheel shake.

Exhaust - hole in exhaust - repaired at 90K - returned at 110K.

Engine compression very poor at 90K - dealer inspected and improved seal between cylinder and spark plugs - engine had zip again.

Tie rod bent at 90k - replaced by dealer.

Aluminum wheels corroded from salt - cleaned by dealer.

As other SL owners attest - the car does not burn oil, no blue smoke, yet the oil will vanish mysteriously - I change it every 3k, and sometimes get a top-off in between.

General Comments:

I have really enjoyed this car - though now I am thinking about replacing it due to age and general need for repeated repairs.

The size is small, but the seats fold down and this is nice. It's a lot of fun to drive - like a little go-cart. But it is loud.

Both myself and the previous owner did all regular maintenance, and kept up with other problems on the car. But I live in Cleveland, Ohio - and this car lives outside - so it takes a beating from potholes, and the cold and snow in winter.

Though I mostly use private mechanics, I have gone to the dealer for more complicated problems - engine compression, tie rod - the dealer was great. Too bad Saturn closed - the original dealer is gone now.

Here's how the car compares to a similar vehicle I've owned.

Dodge Neon 2000 - stolen incidentally - The Neon had a nicer interior (fit and finish and stereo), but the Saturn's engine, transmission and handling are much, much better. Actually the Neon would stall out, even though it was an auto with only 40K on it. The Saturn has a solid drivetrain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2010

2000 Saturn SL SL1 1.9

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance153100 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Most reliable car I've ever owned!!!

Faults:

AC compressor had to be replace at 132,000 miles.

Rear window motor had to be replace at 112,00 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been VERY reliable! We drive it on long road trips and have never had a problem.

The only services we ever really needed for this car were replacing the tires, hoses, brake pads, fluids, and supine belt at the manufacturer prescribed periods (regular maintenance). Saturn should have continued manufacturing this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2009

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 31 reviews