1994 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 20 of 20

1994 Saturn SL SL1 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.8
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10

Faults:

2 alt. bad A/C overheats.

General Comments:

Unsafe, crappy, falling apart. Don't believe the hype. I was a sucker, I don't want others to become one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th January, 2000

28th Aug 2001, 18:59

It sounds like you need to find a service team that knows what they are doing. It is not the cars fault.

1994 Saturn SL 1.9 SOHC 4-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.9 SOHC 4-cylinder
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

It's a 5-speed stick. Ever since new it pops out of reverse sometimes. It would not do this at the Dealer, so the warranty would not fix it (kind of a crappy deal). For this one reason, I would give it a 9 instead of a 10.

General Comments:

Starts fast & runs excellent on very cold or wet mornings.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 1998

1994 Saturn SL from North America

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10

Faults:

Purchased vehicle brand new, transmission dropped out after 1yr, ENTIRE braking system replaced FIVE times - on the way out for a 6th when I traded it 2 1/2 yrs into 5yr loan, ignition replaced 4 times in one yr, repeated problem w/ driver seat belt locking suddenly & choking me!!!! Dealer & Manufacturer denied service problem but then wanted to decrease trade-in value by $2700 due to service history!!!!

General Comments:

Don't be fooled by all of the "Saturn Family" gimmicks! You're only their friend as long as your car runs properly. They don't like you very much when your car reminds them on a regular basis that they are not perfect! I'd walk to the ends of the earth before I'd drive a Saturn again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

17th Jun 2001, 19:39

How true! I was a naive Canadian buyer. Two alternators later, having replaced the front bearings and the module, and having been told that the rotors need replacement--all this when the car had fewer than 130,000 kilometers on it--I plan to sell my 1994 Saturn Sl. By the way, don't believe the customer satisfaction stories. When my vehicle went off warranty, I stopped getting it serviced at the dealer's service centre and took it to two independent mechanics. Both of them told me that the rotors showed far more kilometers than the odometer showed (I got the car as a "year end discount," with supposedly under 100 km on it!); the mechanic who serviced the brakes told me that I had been driving with no rear brakes for as long as he could tell--this when I assumed that the car was being carefully serviced while it was still under warranty! Was my experience the exception or the rule?

28th Aug 2001, 18:57

It all depends on if the previous owner took care of the car and took it to the dealer to repair it correctly. The car cannot be fixed properly if the techs don't know of the concern.

26th Oct 2004, 04:56

Come on man! Almost six times replacing the entire braking system. I have the same exact car as you and only had to replace the rotors once, and the brakes four times. I have over 200,000 miles on my car, and I believe my car is more dependable than a brand spanking new one. Maybe you should look at who is fixing your car, or the way that you, yourself might be treating it.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 69 reviews