2000 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L inline four from North America
No major issues. When I had the serpentine belt replaced at 110,000 miles (100,000 recommended replacement), the Saturn tech noted a coolant leak at the intake manifold gasket. Replaced gasket. No issues with the engine otherwise. Suspension components take a beating on Michigan's pot-hole laden roads. Replaced tie-rods, wheel alignment. Unless you drive like a little ol' lady, you're going to have to get the brake rotors machined or replaced frequently. Replaced front disc pads at 140,000 miles. Original rear drum shoes good. Burns 1.5 to 2 quarts oil every 4,500 miles. Not bothered by that too much since it doesn't leak or blow visible smoke after warm-up.
Overall a good buy. Most of my driving is in the freeway. I get 36MPG and better. Aside from adding oil between oil changes and $2.00+ a gallon for gas, this is an inexpensive car to drive.
When I trade it in after a couple more years, it should make for a nice used car for somebody.
One thing lacking is comfortable seats for my 6'1" frame. And higher head rests too. They could stand to be another 2 to 3 inches higher as a whiplash concern in the event of the car getting rear-ended. That's the end of my complaints list.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2004