Cheap, reliable transportation with a little style
The clutch failed a little after 100,000 miles and had to be replaced, along with the gear box which together cost 1500 dollars.
I had been driving a run-down 89 VW Fox for a year and wasn't sure when it would quit on me. So I was in the market for a newer, reliable car that I could afford.
Toyota Corolla's and Honda Civic's were too much. I ended up looking at Geo Prizm's which were more in my price range, but could not find one I liked.
I considered other cars and looked at Saturn's hearing that they were reliable. After some searching I found my car. A 1994 Saturn SL base model. There is nothing extra with the car, except Air-conditioning. The car was in perfect cosmetic shape, and looked practically brand new. I was very pleased with the way it rode and appearance and snapped it up.
Since then I have put on almost twenty thousand miles in seven months and it has been acting like a champ. The clutch failed me around 100,000 miles, but that is to be expected, but the repair costs were pricey (1500 dollars at a dealer)
The car has little punch when accelerating and is not sporty at all, but it does feel reliable and the handing is very nice. And if I do need some extra power the engine can provide it.
Even though the style is 10 years old it doesn't look dated, and fits out on the road even with the newer model cars. I still see a ton of Saturn SL's on the road which is a good sign as well.
All in all, the car has delivered more than I could hope for from a 10 year-old car. It is cheap, reliable transportation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2004