1998 Saturn SL 2 1.9 DOHC from North America
Good deal for the price.. generic Honda
I have owned 3 Saturn cars, and my mother has also owned 3 of them as well.
The first one she owned had 225xxx miles on it when she bought it from a local lemon stand in Bakersfield Ca. She gave the car to me when she purchased one with less miles on it. The one she gave me was very reliable as long as you remember to put oil in the car about three times a day. The car literally shot clouds of black smoke out the tail pipe every time you gave it gas. I figured it was just because of the high miles that it had on it.
The plastic part on the radiator is also a problem I have had several times with my Saturn cars. It cracks and begins leaking water, but usually stays drivable for a long time if you just carry oil and jugs of water everywhere you go.
I drove the crap out of that poor little car, and it never broke down.
My second Saturn had no oil consumption at all, but had the same radiator crack. I think it cost around a hundred bucks to have a new piece put on.
Now I have a 98 SL2 that burns about 2 qts every 3000 miles. Runs like a champ as long as you check the oil. So I don't think all Saturns have oil problems, I think it is just the luck of the draw.
Very cheap interior... no comfort at all... but when you can find one for 2000 bucks, it will be worth it if you ain't got a crap load of money to waste on a gas guzzler... this thing will get 37 mpg if you go the speed limit on the highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th December, 2009