1993 Saturn SL 1.9L single cam from North America
Good trouble-free car.
A seal of the power steering leaked (at around 120000km), causing the belt to slip and throw oil under the hood.
Developed bad rust in the rear doors sills and less bad, but still not good, rust in the metal part beside the rear doors triangle-shaped window.
Plastic trim on A-pillar (beside the windshield) loosened. No easy or inexpensive fix found. Looks bad, but not a problem.
For an econobox, the car has great handling, behaves very well in the snow (with winter tires, factory 4 seasons Firestone are VERY BAD in the snow).
The 89hp engine is appropriate. By no means a "fast" car, but the performance is decent. But the engine could be softer.
The polymer body panels really are a plus. Didn't dent, crack or anything. And the paint still looked like new after 8 years without any particular care.
Fuel economy is great. Used to pull around 600km from a full tank.
Interior is OK. Functional. Seats are average, not very good for long trips.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th February, 2002
I also have a 1993 SL2 that developed bad rust in the rear passanger door sill and the rear drivers side window frame. I took the car to Saturn and tried to have it repaired, since this type of problem is clearly due to poor rustproofing or sealing. After several consultations and letters, they refused to pay anything, saying I was the only person they heard of with this complaint. Apparantly there are others.
I have the rust also... thought it was just because it was old. I've had mine 17 years now... had to replace engine at 100k... love the panels!!! Best idea ever... wish others would do it.
My car still looks awesome after 17 years!! My friend hit me pretty hard on the side of my car and not a scratch! Any other car would have been crunched. Now have to buy another car, and hate thought of buying a regular paneled car!