1994 Saturn SL SL1 1.9 from North America
Low quality, incredibly safe, economical car
Odometer broke at 68,000 miles.
Speedometer only worked up to 70 mph, and then started going backwards.
Water pump went out, cheap and easy fix.
Leaked oil like crazy.
Reverse quit working permanently.
Second gear went out, replaced the solenoid in the valve body for $90, and it started working again.
AC quit, replaced compressor and still didn't work. Most likely from a clog in the lines (system refused to pressurize).
Almost every plastic interior piece broke or fell off over time (dash, console, window trim, etc.)
Even with the shoddy build quality and mechanical issues, this car was extremely reliable and got great gas mileage.
Unfortunately these came with a terrible automatic transmission that burns out valve body solenoids, and wears out reverse either in the valve body or input shaft. The 1.9 L engine is cheap and easy to work on, and never let me down, although it did leak a lot of oil.
Also, it got great gas mileage, both city and highway.
I wouldn't have guessed it by looking at it, but it was incredibly safe as well, since it met a tragic end on the highway, totalling the car, but leaving me completely unharmed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th April, 2012