1993 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 3 of 11

1993 Saturn SL SL2 DOHC, 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission DOHC, 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Great value and reliability!

Faults:

New alternator at 120,000 miles.

New front brakes at 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

Great commuter. 31-36 mpg day in and day out.

Ran like a champ - never failed to start in our cold winters, and front wheel drive is great in the snow.

Bought it for $3,000, had it for 5 years and put 62,000 miles on it and sold it for $2,300!

My only reliability complaint is the inside plastic trim over the front doors/windshield have plastic clips that break real easy, and then this piece seems to sag.

The only design complaint I have is the stupid automatic seat belts - what a pain - easy to get grease on yourself - they always seem to be closing when you are not ready.

Overall a great little car for the $!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2008

1993 Saturn SL 1.7L Twin Cam from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.7L Twin Cam Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Fabulous. 100 marks to Saturn

Faults:

Nothing mechanically, but the service engine light keeps coming on. Not a problem because I take care of the servicing.

General Comments:

A fabulous car. I have owned many high performance cars. Alfa, Jaguar, etc. and this has been the best ever investment I made. All I need now is an economy car and this is the best I have seen. The ride is great and I think it is equipped pretty well.

Love the mileage and the road holding capabilities. For a small car it is very roomy and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2008

1993 Saturn SL 1.9L from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 miles
Most recent distance201200 miles
Previous carChrysler Concorde

Summary:

Strong runner

Faults:

Replaced windshield wiper motor.

General Comments:

When I acquired this car it had obviously been beaten. But I have to tell you, aside from it burning oil, losing power going up STEEP hills, tends to get hot when idling, and driver side window crank is stripped... this is still a strong going car.

Even with the below zero temps, my car has never failed me in starting in the morning.

I would love to find another Saturn in my price range because I know this car will not live forever.

I'm currently looking at a couple of Grand AM's and I have to tell you, there are more negative comments about this car than there are good.

I'm now having second thoughts about purchasing the Pontiac.

My search goes on!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2008

1993 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L Twin Cam from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9L Twin Cam Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Don't waste your time or your money

Faults:

Since I purchased the car in February of 2007 I have replaced the thermostat, because the car would take almost an hour to come to normal operating temperature, $10 to replace if you do it your driveway, not a big deal, however, within two weeks of replacing the thermostat the cooling fan motor died, the coolant temperature sensor and switch both gave out, costing about $120 again if you do it yourself. At 145,000 miles. the valve cover gasket began severely leaking, I replaced it as per usual. Things went relatively fine if you disregard the automatic seat belts that don't always pull forward and cheap, rattling interior, until 152,000 miles. where the engine seized. I checked the oil level and to my surprise, it was FULL! I have yet to discover the cause of this, so naturally I have come to the conclusion that it seized for no reason.

General Comments:

The interior is cheap and uncomfortable, the automatic seat belts often choose to lack you into the car, the air conditioner is hopeless, and it is very unreliable. Gas millage is decent until your in a hurry, then it sucks gas almost as quickly as a v-8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2007

1st Feb 2009, 06:50

What do you expect from a car with 160,000 miles?

1993 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance208000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Very impressive, small package..

Faults:

All the things that went wrong have been minor and regular wear and tear. I replaced ball joints, tie rod ends, clutch and alternator (all went bad). I replace battery and a few other safety items such as lights (just upgrades).

General Comments:

I love this car I put a lot of miles on this car and it burns a little oil, but I will keep it and recommend it to any one. I took a trip from where I live (just south of Pittsburgh, Pa) to Gulf Port, Mississippi. It was a 18 hour drive and over 1000 miles one way. it averaged 37 mpg (can't beat it with a car with that many miles that burns oil)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2007

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