1993 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 11 of 11

1993 Saturn SL SL1 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance169000 miles

Summary:

Wonderful service, wonderful car

Faults:

Transmission went at about 140,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been with me for 9 years, has been very reliable, and other than regular check ups, I've only taken it in twice for major repairs.

The service is wonderful! One of the major repairs happened on the start of my vacation, they took it right in and repaired it while I waited. Very kind service, I will always think of Saturn when buying a new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2001

1993 Saturn SL SL2 Twin overhead cam from North America

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission Twin overhead cam
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Needed PCV valve, seems very hard on brake pads. Needed new starter at 145k miles.

General Comments:

This was a fully loaded car and therefore a lot of fun to drive. They're nothing real fancy but it was a super reliable car over the 80,000 miles I drove it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 1999

1993 Saturn SL SL1 1.9 single point injection from North America

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.9 single point injection
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Electrical: broken headlight wire.

General Comments:

Engine could use a bit more power. I believe this has been changed since. Reliability is as close to perfection as you can get. There is not a dent or scratch showing due to its plastic body construction. If basic, reliable transportation is what you are looking for, this is it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1993 Saturn SL SL2 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

Everything imaginable has been replaced on this car, from the alternator to the motor mount. The sensor has been replaced, yet the "service engine soon" light is constantly coming on. All of the plastic parts inside the car rattle, from the emergency brake handle to the sun visors. The steel supports inside the doors have rusted (Saturn doesn't know how) and are coming through the fabric.

General Comments:

Even with regular maintenance (oil changes, tune ups, etc.), this car is a nightmare to own. I had a Nissan before this, and the biggest mistake I ever made was trading it for this Saturn. The service people at Saturn are nice, like their advertisements indicate, but I would really like not to see so much of them. I hope other Saturn owners have had better luck with theirs. I won't buy another one, in fact I won't buy another American car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 1998

20th Apr 2001, 14:37

I, too, have been an unlucky victim of a Saturn SL2. At 65,000 miles, the engine seized and had to be replaced. Shortly thereafter, the radiator had to be replaced because according to Saturn - this is what caused the first engine to go. This car consumes oil like it's going out of style... I have spent as much money on oil as I have on gas! Constant upkeep and oil changes, etc... but it just runs out of oil!!! It doesn't burn oil, it doesn't leak oil... according to Saturn... the engine runs "hot" - thus the excessive oil consumption... and they never could fix the problem.

Saturn needs to back off all of their promotional hype and make good on all of the folks they've ripped off - especially with the earlier models.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 41 reviews