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1993 Saturn SL SL2 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired85000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Good beater

Faults:

Driver Window not going down, overheating.

General Comments:

Besides those 2 problems this car has been solid, good MPG, car can get going on the highway (non racing)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2007

1993 Saturn SL SL1 1.9L SOHC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9L SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A great car for someone who needs reliability and economy.

Faults:

The muffler has been replaced 4 or 5 times.

The air conditioner stopped working at around 170,000 miles due to a leaking evaporator.

Everything else has been regular wear and tear (oil, brakes, tires, filters, etc.) Very occasionally something a little bigger has been required (i.e. struts), but never anything major.

General Comments:

This car has been terrific. For all of the negative comments people have posted with the SL1 engine, I am convinced that many of them did not take care of the car properly. This car gets 37 mpg on the freeway and 25-30 in the city with 210,000 miles on it. It starts easily on the coldest Minnesota winter nights (sometimes temperatures lower than -20 F). It accelerates and shifts smoothly, never burns oil and has required no drive train work other than maintenance. All I have done is keep up with all of the recommended service (I do most of that work myself), and I fix problems as soon as I notice them while they are still small. The car is pretty slow and fairly noisy to ride in, but I bought it for economy and I simply could not be happier. Keep in mind that most people only post on sites like this when they are having problems. I doubt that I am the only happy Saturn owner out there. I hate to see so many negative comments about such a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2007

1993 Saturn SL SL2 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired21 miles
Most recent distance22179 miles
Previous carVolkswagen volkswagen

Summary:

I want my odometer replaced at no cost!

Faults:

My car has awesome mileage for a 1993. BUT... I recently found out 91-93 Saturn SL's all the odometers burn out!!! To replace it is just not one part, you need to REPLACE the WHOLE thing!! The price is outrageous! Since this is a disfunction on the manufactor side... I think SATURN should PAY/REPLACE this for customers at NO COST!

I am so disappointed in Saturn.

General Comments:

Other than my MAIN comment above... the car is good. The car seats are a little too low and this makes getting out a little difficult.

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

Review Date: 7th February, 2007

8th Feb 2007, 06:40

Yes, let's all expect manufacturers to replace parts FOR FREE in a 15-year old car. Great idea.

1993 Saturn SL SL1 1.9 Liter from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.9 Liter Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired194862 miles
Most recent distance202558 miles

Summary:

Great used economy car, NOT SPORTS COUPE!

Faults:

It has a leak on the main engine gasket - has had it since 198,000 miles, but going to get oil-top ups once a week has kept it in great running shape.

When I got it the seat belt motor on the driver's side didn't work.

It got in a wreck in 1998 and the previous owner's son put the parts back on in Auto Shop, but failed to paint it.

Speaker system needs replacement, shouldn't be a problem as I have my ipod speakers in there.

General Comments:

This car can get me into the tightest spaces - it's very easy to maneuver around.

The interior is in great shape - especially the back seats, but the car is very low to the ground so it can be a pain getting in for stiff or older people. The back seems to have been designed for children as I can't get adults to get in there without complaining.

I'm at 202,000 miles going strong on it, and I average 32-40mpg - I drive on average 200 miles a week and at today's gas prices it's $40 a month to run assuming you drive that much.

I love my moon roof.

The manual transmission has nice perks - It drives excellent in the snow and I can allocate power as I please which is great for a car whose horsepower is about 85.

I've never had any major problems, and the documentation that came with it showed that it has never been through anything horribly expensive - except for a clutch/flywheel replacement in 1998 due to a reckless teenager.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this car - as long as you don't treat it like it's a performance car, it will run even 90 on the freeway every day! It just needs regular maintenance.

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

Review Date: 31st March, 2006

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