2000 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 3 of 8

2000 Saturn SL 1.9L from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired121000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Excellent Value

Faults:

I have experienced No part failures on this car what so ever. Wearable parts and routine maintenance has been performed regularly and I consistently perform 3,000 mile oil changes using Full synthetic motor oil. I have changed spark plugs, spark plug wires, PVC valve, EGR valve, brake pads, tires, and air filters.

General Comments:

Excellent Fuel Efficiency (average 39 mpg)

Reliable and dependable car when properly maintained.

Smooth transmission and engine.

Body panels maintain their finish and shine well without the need for excessive washing and waxing.

Seats are uncomfortable when driving long distances.

Engine is somewhat underpowered. I would opt for the manual transmission for this reason.

Simply the best economy car I know of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2008

2000 Saturn SL 1.6 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance97000 miles
Previous carToyota Paseo

Summary:

Reliable and safe sub-compact sedan at an affordable price.

Faults:

In cold weather, the engine tends to idle high - too high at times.

The ignition has become very tricky; it gets stuck in the "off" position and the key has to be jiggled around for several minutes before the ignition can be turned. This action has so worn down the key and the ignition that the key can be removed while the car is running and the ignition could potentially be turned with a screwdriver. I suppose this could be helpful if you lose the key!

The rear passenger window repeatedly slips off the track, which needs to be replaced. It wasn't used that often, so it is a bit of a surprise, but not too dreadful.

General Comments:

This car has consistently averaged 40 MPG on the highway - a figure well above the claim on the sticker when I bought it and a nice surprise.

I have had it in the shop only twice; once to get a brake job and once to get a tune-up. This car has been a dream, mechanically.

The back seat is rather uncomfortable for any person over 4 feet tall. My fiance and I both need the seats to be in the rearmost position, which seriously restricts legroom for rear passengers. Also, it does not easily accommodate a car seat in the rear-facing position. However, for two people, a dog and a small child it has very adequate space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2008

2000 Saturn SL SL1 1.9L SOHC from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 miles
Most recent distance135600 miles
Previous carChevrolet Lumina

Summary:

A Different Kind of Car...actually, the BEST kind of car

Faults:

Haven't had the car very long, but the only real replacement was the ECTS (Engine Coolant Temp. Sensor) but that's a common problem in these cars.

General Comments:

For being only $3400, this car is a great improvement over my 97 Lumina. Yes, the Lumina had much more get-go when you mashed the accelerator, but the gas mileage was horrendous. Plus, I missed driving a manual trans. so this Saturn was a pleasant return to my norm. The engine runs great, has a good amount of pep for a 4 banger. The 5-speed shifts smoothly, a lot better than my S-10 did. As for gas mileage, how can you complain with 39mpg highway? Compare that to the 21 I was getting with the Lumina and you can see why I'm happy. The SL1 I purchased came with a lot of options (keyless, sunroof, cd player, power locks and windows) but still had the manual trans, which sold me. So far, its started up great every time, even when the temps dropped to 0 a few nights ago. I will forever be a Saturn owner after driving this lil' baby.

P.S. I'm 6'2" and I still have plenty of room in the driver's seat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2008

2000 Saturn SL SL1 1.9L SOHC from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9L SOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres

Summary:

My new love with a few concerns!

Faults:

My backup lights won't come on when I put it into reverse

That's all!!!

General Comments:

IF anyone knows what the back-up light issue is, please comment, it isn't good!

Also, the engine sounds kind of whiny sound which is noticeable above 2000 rpm's, what could this be?

Other than that it is an easy car to drive, I learned how to drive manuel on it in an hour!

Comfy, fun and cheap (bottom of the line)!

If anyone can answer the concerns I have above that would be GREAT!

Thanks, hope to get responses!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2007

23rd Oct 2007, 18:55

Yes, its probably your backup sensor; it's an easy 1 bolt repair. No biggy; I have just replaced mine!

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 31 reviews