Cheap and dependable
The EGR valve has gone twice, and it needs to be cleaned or replaced again - a common problem among Saturns. Costs about $150.
The rubber seal at the bottom of the window has gone. $60, but just cosmetic.
I got the car new, it's now eight and still going strong. It's never left me stranded, still gets great mileage and is fine for commuting. Cheap + dependable.
Not that comfortable to sit in. I wouldn't buy this car now because I'm getting too old to sit so low :)
Legroom is terrible if you have more than 2 people in the car, or one has long legs.
Cargo room is laughable.
Saturns are LOUD - wind noise and rattles, and being so close to the road doesn't help.
When driving up a hill, you can hear the car say "I think I can... I think I can..." as it huffs and puffs and you are passed by old Plymouth Volares.
Starts eating oil after about 70K or so.
Poor turning radius.
Conclusion: what do you want? If you are looking for something to get you to work and back every day, without fail, and you're not six feet tall or very fat, it's a fine car. If you want to get a fairly cheap starter car for your teenager that he won't race in (because it's impossible), you can't miss. If you want sex and luxury, look somewhere else.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2003