1996 Saturn SL 2 1.9 DOCH from North America
Good car if you don't mind working on it
I like my car because it is paid off. Although I've had my moments of frustration. I've done all of the work on the car myself saving me about 1000 dollars. I highly recommend buying a Chilton repair manual if you plan on doing the work yourself and prepare to get dirty.
I first replaced the water pump at 175,000. The bearings on the pulley went out and leaked profusley. It cost me 70.00. I also replaced the drive belt at this time.
I then had to replace the radiator after it cracked at 192,000. It cost $115. This was due in part to the contents of my overfill cap deteriorating into the overfill tank. If your cap is rotting get a new one for about 13.00 at your Saturn dealer. It could save you a lot of trouble.
Most recently I replaced the spark plugs and the plug wires and have saved myself about 10.00 a week in gas and gained some horse power. One of the plug holes had oil in it so I replaced the valve cover gasket. In all this project cost me $80.00.
I replaced the upper and lower engine mounts at 196,000. My car used to vibrate and rattle and now it feels like a new car. Cost $80.00.
I replaced the belt tension-er at 194,000. It would make a loud rattling noise especially if the AC was on. Cost $70.00.
I have also had the headliner replaced.
I change the brakes and the oil myself.
Good car if you don't mind working on it.
Take good care of your transmission. My reverse takes a second to engage after I put it in gear.
Like I said before I like my car because it is paid off. But you will have problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th June, 2008