1997 Saturn SL SL1 from North America
A bargain, economical, but not luxurious. Problems are more irritating than serious
This car is very economical, but it does tend to use a lot of oil.
I had to have the alternator replaced twice.
The car only has 32,000 miles on it and I have had it for a little over four years.
The plastic clutch melted and now my air conditioner won't work - it is the start of summer in Houston.
I had trouble with the window sealant on the passenger side, it allowed rain water to come through and had to be replaced the same year I got the car. From time to time there are mysterious leaks after a big rain, yet the dealership claims to have fixed the problem.
I was in an accident and the car was hardly damaged even though it was hit head on from the passenger's side.
Earlier a screw came unbolted from the side of the door and had to be re-adjusted (minor), but strange.
The car is modestly comfortable, but it is a little too low to the ground for comfort.
It is my first brand new car and I like it, but if I had more experience with vehicles at the time I probably wouldn't have purchased it.
One other thing the car hydroplanes all the time, even with the slightest of wet weather conditions.
I have yet to run into any real major problems with this car, but as I read the list of other people's comments on it's faults I notice the ones I am dealing with appear right on schedule with their complaints.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd June, 2001
9th Jan 2005, 16:16
Related to the 1997 Saturn SC and SL series. Has anyone else had oil disapering with no signs of leakage or exhaust problems? If you have oil going to a vortex somewhere you are in need of a new head. Ether pay about $800-$1100 or just take the thing to the junk yard and wait for the Jupiter to come out.
Mechanic in FL.
9th Jun 2005, 05:29
Anyone else have trouble with the passenger lower door area leaking onto the floor after it rains. My floor on the passenger side gets soaked.
20th Aug 2007, 18:38
Actually there is a relatively easy fix out there if you go look for service recall info on this particular car. It has a known problem with the rings sticking.. I had three mechanics all tell me to run it until it dropped and finally found a mechanic who knew where to look. He found the recall, ran the recommended detergent through the oil and the car runs like new.. before then I had been going through a QUART every 500 miles.. $40.00 and problem fixed... It now goes through NO OIL at all.. so find a mechanic who can find the service recall.. I am glad I did and didn't just trash what had been a great little car.