1995 Saturn SL SL1 1.9L from North America


You usually get what you pay for -- with my SL1 I got much more than I expected


Piston rings @ 97,000 miles is the only real major repair to the car. While that cost around $2400 (incl. labor), the car has pretty much ran flawlessly since.

Hit a deer at 120,000 (at 3:00 a.m. -- it's almost impossible not to see lots of them where I live --- guess it was going to eventually happen) and that did $1500 worth of damage (repair shop said it would have been more in a car that wasn't mostly fiberglass).

General Comments:

It's a daily driver (96 miles per day), and I couldn't ask for better mileage (approx 42 mpg). Reasonably comfortable, and it's been used as a pickup (folding rear seats) many times. Dealership has been very reliable and courteous every time I need service (which is regularly).

The car may not be the fastest on the planet, but it handles extremely well, especially for a vehicle with so many miles on it. Only desire would be a heater that warms up a little quicker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2008

1995 Saturn SL 1.9L SOHC from North America


A good car and a good friend


So far I've had to have the fly wheel reground twice.

I've replaced the clutch cables once.

I've replaced the alternator twice.

The starter once.

The muffler once.

Finally replacing the seats @ 308k miles and replaced myriad of sensors and whatnot throughout the years.

And yes, it does burn a quart about every 1000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been great. I bought it new in 1995 and have driven it daily accumulating over 308,000 miles.

It's fun and easy to work on for small things, and the big things don't break. I always keep up with oil changes and simple maintenance issues.

I have driven the car to all the lower 48 states in all kinds of cruel weather. It's been a good car for years with decent gas mileage. I'm amazed daily it still runs, but I'm shooting for 400k. I mean why not, I never thought it would make it to 150K.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th April, 2008

1995 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 from North America


Great car!



General Comments:

I love this car! I picked up this car for $500 with 150k on it. It runs like a top and it's quick! And I've had no problems.

I recently took it on a 1800 mile trip to California; 38 mpg and no problems! And the AC still works! Unlike my last piece of crap car; a 93 Ford Taurus that had something going wrong with it every other week! Argh, I would just wait for the next thing to go wrong haha.

I've been reading these Saturns can go 300 - 500 k! I'm a happy camper indeed. One I read is still going at 700k miles and no engine work! Wow.

Now on the oil consumption issue; yes mine does it to and I've learned why. They have a certain oil port design in the head that causes this; no worries. Hell I'll put up with adding a few quarts of oil now and again to have this reliability! And the trunk light still works! That alone is worth $100 haha.

All electronics still work. I have an engineering background and I can see the good engineering in this vehicle. Love the plastic body panels that still look like new after 13 years! I heard they were going to stop making these due to the large gap required for expansion of the plastic on hot days. Pfff how stupid.. I notice no LARGE gap on mine. Looks swheeeet! Lovin it!

Oh did I mention the AC still works! Hot dog! I mean cool dog :), My Saturn.. lovin it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2008

1995 Saturn SL SL1 1.6 SOHC I4 from North America


Love this car!


Unfortunately, the previous owner did not take good care of the mechanical parts of the car.

The previous owner burned out the clutch and put ruts into the front brake rotors. I had to replace the clutch the first month I had it-and the bad part was the hydraulics also had to be replaced as the new clutch was too heavy for the older hydraulics. That was not fun. I also had to replace the back drum brake on the driver's side. Apparently, the previous owner also slammed on his/her brakes too much and blew out the cylinder on the drum brake-leaking brake fluid all over the brake and causing me not to be able to stop. I had to also replace the spark plugs as the previous owner didn't add oil when needed and killed the poor spark plugs-luckily, this did not harm the engine.

General Comments:

Personally, even with all of the issues the previous owner caused, I love this car. This is my 4th car and I am very happy with it. I only need to buy gas about 1 time a week, and it costs about $25.00 a week-very affordable with gas prices above $3.00 a gallon.

The oil is a bit of a pain, but is much better than having to buy gas all the time.

The manual transmission makes a huge difference-the acceleration is very noticeable compared to other cars that are automatic.

It still shifts like a dream-I don't have over reeving or any "grinding".

All in all, I like this car. I would recommend if you could find one that was well taken care of to snap it up-a steal at about $2,200 KBB price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2007

21st May 2008, 09:41

The '95 SL1 had a 1.9L I-4, not a 1.6.