1994 Saturn SL SL2 DOHC from North America


The Model T perfected.


I replaced the alternator and belt myself at about 120000 miles and we had some gaskets replaced on the transmission at about 140000 miles. That's it, other than general maintenance things like brake pads etc. etc.

General Comments:

I can't say enough about this car. This vehicle has been the best I've ever owned in terms of reliability and economy.

The seats are uncomfortable and the engine is noisy.

The air cleaner and battery are tough to access. The oil filter is also in an awkward spot and hard to replace.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2002

1994 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L DOHC from North America


One seriously reliable car and fun to drive


My poor car was hit with hail in the spring storm of 1995 in North Central Texas. The windshield was broken and water leaked onto my dash and down the crack there into some electronics. The damage to the electronics was only minor - sometimes I have to work the door locking switch a few times before it stays locked. The metal body parts of the car were damaged, but the plastic parts snapped right back like nothing had happened.

The car has gone thru about 3 batteries and one alternator - I figure the batteries died as a result of the weak alternator; I have had only this one main mechanical problem with the car.

The visor straps did indeed sag on both driver and passenger sides.

Plastic parts have begun to lose integrity in the Texas heat and some have stress fractures and chips. The plastic around the seat belt latches has come away, but the latches still work. The dashboard and most major parts still look quite new.

The engine has begun to use oil a bit more than it should. However, it still runs just as good as it ever did.

General Comments:

Considering how much reliable and enjoyable service I've gotten from this well worn car over the years, I'm very happy to say that nothing serious has ever gone wrong with it.

I can't say how much my peace of mind has been improved by owning this car; it's a great feeling to be able to turn the key and hear the it start consistently. It gets me where I want to go when I want to get there with no complaint.

I really can't see myself owning any other kind of car, but a Saturn.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2002

1994 Saturn SL SL2 Twin Cam 1.9 Gasoline from North America


A great price for a nice car


Nothing had gone wrong with this car yet. I just bought it and all it needs is an oil change, tires and someone to love it.

Sometimes the automatic door locks keep trying to lock when the car is in Drive, but that may be from the alarm system.

General Comments:

When I first drove my Saturn, I knew it was going to be the car I bought and at the steal of 3,300 it was worth it. The miles were high, but it still ran great. I was also amazed to find out that these cars are incredibly cheap to insure because the parts are easy to find.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th April, 2002

26th May 2002, 08:04

I feel you have a shock coming my friend. These cars are very hard to get parts for. All the trade know this. For instance I needed a radiator for my 93 SL2.Autozone and Oreilly could not get one for 5 days. my starter went out agin they do not stock these. my idler pulley went, main dealer part only. the list is endless. good luck until it goes wrong and believe me they go wrong lots. watch the oil consumption. soon you will need an oil tanker in tow.

1994 Saturn SL SL1 1.9L-4 from North America


The ultimate commuter car.


It broke a rocker arm at 110000.

The back seat was small.

General Comments:

The new rocker arm cost less than $200 including labor.

Good getty-up from the 90hp engine.

Good transmission.

Unbeatable dealer service. They did it right, fast, and only fixed what you wanted them to.

The great Firestone tires lasted 108000 miles.

The seats were comfortable and supportive.

The trunk some space in it.

It got over 40 MPG.

The engine was still strong at 183000.

The engine was still running after I totaled it from the front, even though the trailer hitch from the F-150 I hit came in contact with the engine block.

The plastic bodywork couldn't dent.

It had great handling.

This car was a great step up from my Escort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2002