1995 Saturn SL SL1 1.9 SOHC from North America
Very reliable, had some chronic issues but nothing making it undrivable
Issues with warping brake rotors, finally after a couple sets I went with Brembo rotors and had no problems with warping.
The engine has always burned oil and more so now that it is approaching 200K, switching to 10-40 has helped.
Replaced EGR Valve at around 100K.
Replaced the O2 Sensor twice up to now.
Replaced belt tensioner.
Water Pump Failed at around 170K. (It was making noises so I knew it was going out.)
Been through 3 batteries total over the 14 years (just replaced one at 185K).
Handles reasonably well. Is very economical, I got 40+MPG on the HWY when new, now it gets 35-38MPG on the HWY.
The engine has good low end torque so you can stay in a high gear much of the time to get good MPG.
The drivers seat is showing its age but overall the wear on the car is pretty minimal. I keep it clean inside and out and this has helped with the longevity.
I believe this car may make it to 250K without any major issues. We are getting a new car because the original clutch may not last that long and is $1000 shop replacement cost. Also this car is pretty small so we needed something a bit bigger for our family.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th August, 2008