1997 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 from North America
Plastic car with poor drive train.
Alternator died twice.
Power steering died.
Motor was using one quart per 100 mile before the engine was replaced at 181,000.
Auto transmission was slipping at 180,000. Replaced at 181,000. Transmission valve body is now going in new transmission.
Head liner sagged.
Ignition had to be replaced.
Timing chain guide broke 2 months after replacing it.
Car if fun to drive.
Plastic body panels hold up well.
The car is not reliable at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th March, 2005
15th Mar 2005, 12:41
Car is not reliable at all? It has over 180000 miles on it! Overall Saturns are quite reliable for the price paid, especially when compared to their competition. Other than the car burning oil (early Saturns are famous for that) the other problems should be expected with that many miles. Remember what you paid for this car---It isn't a Mercedes or Volvo, so don't expect it to be perfect. At least they are generally cheap to fix.
17th Nov 2005, 09:11
Yeah, 263,000 miles... what a pile. Normally, cars go for twice that.