1993 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 2 of 11

1993 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L DOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.9L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired322 miles
Most recent distance545345 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Vanagon

Summary:

Most reliable car I have ever owned!

Faults:

Replaced alternator in 2001.

Replaced headliner in 2002.

No mechanical breakdowns of any kind.

General Comments:

Bought this car new in 1993.

Had the freon replaced right away at Saturn with the new R134a freon.

The car has run perfectly since I bought it.

It is now over 17 years old, and still runs great.

The engine is using oil now, but not so much that it blows smoke all the time.

The car has over 500,000 miles on it.

The air conditioning still works as when it was new.

All bulbs in the car are the original bulbs; even the license frame lights still work.

It has a 5 speed manual transmission that shifts as if it were new.

I bought a new Vue in 2002, and decided to keep the SL2, since the dealership offered me only $500 for it. Gave the SL2 to my son, who was in the Marine Corp, and he has been driving it 95 miles a day since March of 2002 to work and back. The car has never failed him.

The only thing that doesn't work on the car is the horn. It stopped working in 1998 due to the horn buttons being integrated into the steering wheel.

Oil changes every 3000 miles, and every 15000 miles the transmission oil is changed. I could not ask for a more reliable and economical car.

Oh, and it only runs well using premium gas. If I put regular in it, it knocks and runs on after turning the engine off. Premium, and she runs great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2010

1993 Saturn SL 2 1.9 twin cam from North America

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 1.9 twin cam Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance162000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

The Saturn was the most reliable car I ever had. Great on gas.

The last year I owned it I had no reverse, but excellent cars. I had it 3 years, paid 100.00 and put over 30,000 miles on it.

Excellent car; sold it only because I bought a truck.

Replaced water pump, spark plugs, starter and oil changes. Well worth it.

Sold it for 300.00.

General Comments:

Excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2009

1993 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 DOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.9 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles

Summary:

MPG is great, car is crap

Faults:

Seats are worn out.

Burns a LOT of oil (1 quart/ 1k miles).

Rear main seal and now my new clutch slips.

General Comments:

At first when I got this car it was great. I paid 800 bucks for it.

I'm into it now for 2500, and now I have a 1k dollar repair to do.

The rear main seal blew in the engine, so now it leaks oil onto my clutch disk, causing the clutch to slip.

When it was running well I loved the car.

I always get 30-34 mpg easy with spirited driving.

I love the controls on the car, especially the power window controls in the center of the car.

Overall I like the car, but with only 115k miles on it, it's problem after problem after problem.

I'm going to keep it and run it into the ground, then buy a newer economy car, but I'll be smart and buy a Toyota or Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th June, 2009

1993 Saturn SL SL1 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance321000 miles
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

321,000 miles is a lot for an American car that gets 30 miles to the gallon of gas

Faults:

My Saturn has 321,000 miles on it. It runs good as long as I keep tabs on the oil and change the spark plugs 3 times a year. It uses 1/3 to 1 quart every 100 miles.

I have had to replace 3 alternators and various other repairs over the last 17 years. All and all I can't complain about the length of time.

At 200,000 miles I had major computer problem's. The engine would just shut down at 60 miles an hour on the freeway or at 30 miles on the street. I would then pull over and could not restart the car for at least 30 minutes. The dealership was useless, but I found an old time mechanic who finally fixed it. The problem turned out to be a map sensor. The vehicle started using excessive oil at 80,000 miles and the problem has increased with the age of the car. I have been told the engine had a recall due to the engine cylinders are the wrong size.

General Comments:

This Saturn has good gas mileage at 30 miles to the gallon of regular gas.

The car has lasted for 17 years of driving.

This car has gone through a lot of maintenance and repairs.

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

Review Date: 14th April, 2009

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