2002 Saturn SL 1.9L SOHC from North America


My dream car


Nothing so far, just a perfect little car! Well, that is not completely true. Every so often, my key will not turn in the ignition, but after a few tries it will work. Also, I think that this problem is the fault of the key, not the car.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and I am so happy that it is a Saturn, (specifically: A Blue 2002 SL manual transmission). I've heard only great things about the company, and I have only good things to say about them as well. I have not owned my Saturn very long, but so far things seem to be working great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2007

15th Jul 2007, 21:35

I agree I have a 2001 sl2. very dependable.

22nd Sep 2008, 13:18

I agree about the key. What happens is if it gets bent a little that will happen. I use my spare key now and it works just fine.

2002 Saturn SL 1.9 from North America



General Comments:

I think the saturn sl model which is now discontinued is the best car saturn ever made and it is the car that made saturn successful. I also have a 98 saturn same model with 200,200 miles on it and it has had no major problems. The gas mileage is about 35 miles overall per gallon. The driver seat is low so I put a pillow to sit on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2007

2002 Saturn SL SL2 1.9L DOHC four from North America


41 mpg highway street legal go-kart


So far nothing has gone wrong with it. Before I bought it, it was stolen and was taken for a joyride before hitting the curb a few miles away. The front drivers side suspension was completely gone through and re-done where it was needed. The engine was also checked at the dealer and found no compression damage in the engine, although I have noticed since then that it goes through about a half quart of oil every 3000 miles. I have treated the problem with Marvel Mystery Oil and found that although it has not made a difference with the oil consumption, the oil does look a lot cleaner every time I change it.


Seriously, change the oil every 3000 miles.

Change the coolant every other year

Change the plugs every 60,000 miles or so.

If you have an automatic, change that fluid too.

These are not Toyotas, they will not tolerate redlining every shift, be nice to the car, and it will take you wherever you want to go.

General Comments:

Handles like a go-kart, and subsequently rides like one too. The seats sit low, almost too low, and it's a chore to enter and exit the vehicle. The seats are rather thin and uncomfortable for long trips. The shifter is extremely rubbery through the gears, not fluid at all, but does the job adequately.

The best thing about the driving experience is the steering and brake feel. The steering relays exactly what is going on under the car, and is almost devoid of boost, which is nice in this era of numb electric steering. The brakes are linear and adequate, not really strong, but enough to get the job done. They too are not over-boosted and have excellent modulation.

There are the typical squeaks and rattles associated with 90's and early 2000 GM vehicles, and the road noise is intrusive, but bearable.

The one shiny gold star that should not be overlooked is this car's excellent fuel economy on the highway. On a recent trip up to Northern California from L.A., I logged a real world 41 mpg traveling between 70-75 mph with intermittent A/C usage. This was logged traveling up highway 395 between Lancaster and Susanville, a distance of approx. 475 miles.

Oh, and the plastic body panels are a godsend in crowded shopping centers.

Bottom line, if you can acquire one of these cars in good condition at a reasonable price, it makes for an excellent long distance commuting economy car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2007

30th Apr 2007, 18:36

41 mpg highway? I very highly doubt that.

30th Apr 2007, 23:27

I believe the reviewer's mileage. My Saturn SL with an automatic transmission gets 6.1L/100km (equal to 38.6 MPG US, or 46.3 MPG Imperial) on the highway averaging 110-115 km/h (68MPH). I think 41MPG is within reason, inferring the reviewer's car is a manual transmission with a lower ratio 5th gear and accounting for normal variations in driving style and conditions.