26th Feb 2002, 22:28
I agree, anyone who buys these cars now after reviews like these all across the Internet will be laughed at. You think you save money buying a cheap Saturn as opposed to a quality import, but really you are fooling yourself. Saturn's image is currently at toilet level.
28th Feb 2002, 19:41
You must be my twin because you described our Saturn experience perfectly!!! We warn everyone every chance we get... Stay Away From A Saturn!!!
9th May 2002, 14:23
I bought my Saturn SL over a year ago. There have been no problems with this car. In fact, I saw other,"better" cars of the same year stalled and smoking by the side of the road when it got to 110 degrees here (as it invariably does every Summer).
True, it is not a high performance car. It isn't going to have the cachet and resale value of some FOREIGN car. However, the fact remains, It does what the manufacturers promise it will do and I did not have to deal with some predatory sleaze/salesman when I bought it.
Gas mileage is excellent. It seems like reducing our oil use is the right thing to do these days. Don't you think?
6th Jun 2002, 15:11
Hey man, I guess you people all have had some serious problems. But, if you knew how to take care of a car from the beginning then you probably wouldn't have to be so mean to them. My car has a lot of kilometers on it and it is just fine. It does burn oil, but not even enough to worry about.
12th Sep 2002, 11:01
I have a 93 Saturn SL2 with 181,000 miles on the clock. The only thing that needed fixing so far was the alternator at around 120,000 miles. Other than that we had no repairs. It burns about 1/2 quart of oil per 3,000 miles, not enough to worry about, and it gets 35 miles per gallon. For a car that's almost 10 years old it's great!
2nd Dec 2002, 10:27
For the people who say their Saturn is running great, I say, so what (I think there were about two good comments). The car running great, is not an accomplishment, the car should be running great! Saturn's job, for the most part, is to sell a product that works properly (in this case, runs properly), is reliable, does not burn a quart of oil for every 500 miles, and does not need an engine replacement after 50,000 miles (I am on my 3rd engine in less than a year and the AAA diagnostic says that this engine should be replace too, rings bad, blah, blah, blah - and for the record, I change my oil every 3,000 miles, despite having to add 4 quarts between changes). It appears that there is a problem with a car when the majority of consumers say the car is a piece of junk - as the majority of people on this web page have stated. Because one persons new car works properly (and again I say, "that's not an achievement, the car should work properly - at least for 100,000 miles!), one should not negate the fact that another person is having serious, erroneous problems with their car. There are just too many of us burning oil in our Saturn and it is not our fault! I can't wait till I can replace my Saturn with a reliable car - at Saturn's expense!
14th Jun 2003, 14:35
I currently own a '93 Saturn SL2. I have both good and bad comments about this vehicle (Mainly good). This Saturn is my second Saturn. I previously drove a '93 Saturn SL1. When I purchased the used '93 SL1 in August of '99, it had only 60,000 miles on it. I drove that vehicle for 3 years 30,000 miles more until I wrecked it in August of 2002 and it did fine. The only complaints about that car was the two times I had accidents with it, the air bag did not deploy. So if your looking at safety, this is a major problem. The oil did burn, but it seemed that this just happens with increasing mileage. The current Saturn I have now has 180,000 miles on it and it really drinks the oil. If you are complaining about reliability, I would have to say that with both Saturn's I have had, nothing has gone severely wrong. My Saturn is still running strong at it's current miles and I would say it is doing just fine and will do fine for another 50,000 miles. Most cars (especially ones this cheap) don't last that many miles. So I would have to say you definitely get what you pay for, if not more.
8th Aug 2003, 07:25
I have had my 93 SL2 since March of 1996. It currently has 131,000 miles on it. I bought the car with 46k on it, of the nearly 100k miles I have put on it my problems have consisted of the following: 2 Alternators, 3 batteries, one temperature gauge, and of course brake pads. Not to mention misc items like light bulbs and tires. My SL2 is not burning oil at an alarming rate yet. I have kept the oil changed on average about every 4k miles, and since mile 106k I have been putting in synthetic oil... My SL2 is an automatic and is also getting 35 mpg highway. I could not have hoped for a better investment when I first purchased this vehicle. It is a shame that the majority of comments have been negative on this page, I just thought I'd add a positive one..
20th Dec 2003, 08:01
I've had a 1993 Saturn SL for 10 years now, bought new in 1993, that has 105,000 miles on it. I've had to replace the headliner and repair the drivers seat, which started to rip. As for the engine, I've never had a problem. It doesn't burn oil. Maybe I'm lucky. Or maybe everyone else is talking about the SL1 or SL2, whereas mine is a plain SL (as in the first car they ever made). Considering the low initial price, low maintenance cost, and great mileage, this car has been a serious bargain.
28th Mar 2004, 23:27
I have a 99 Saturn SL. I have had nothing, but problems out of it. It broke down, and for months it sat at the mechanics garage while they was trying to figure out what was wrong with it. It would start one day, and not the next. I had to have it towed like three times already. It turned out to be the ignition modular. Two months later, I had to put it back in the garage to have the head gaskets replaced and the heads sent off for repairs. It lasted one month and its back to leaking oil in the coolant, and water in the oil. Just recently I had to replace the oxygen sensor. Now the coolant sensor is going out and besides that, it overheats extremely bad that it will die in the middle of traffic and not start until its cooled off, and when it overheats, it boils out of the radiator expansion tank, which I got bad burns on my legs due to it pouring out. Try having oil/coolant fluid that is extremely HOT, all over your legs. Didn't feel to good and I have scars on my legs due to that. I have done radiator flushes on a weekly basis. As of right now, I have to flush the radiator out every two days just to drive it and that doesn't even help with the overheating. My mileage is under 75,000. I will never buy another Saturn again. I refuse to put anymore money into the engine. Plus from what I have read on the recalls of the Saturns that was having oil mixing with coolant, they need to recall this saturn as well. BEWARE OF SATURNS! Would like to know if there is anyone else out there with this problem. Thanks.