I don't agree with the comment that Saturns are junk. I had a 1998 Saturn for three years and did not have one problem with it. I kept current on my oil changes and tune ups, and always found the Saturn staff to be friendly and helpful. I recently traded in my 98 Saturn for a 2002 and love it. These are great cars for a great price.
I have a 1996 Saturn SL that has 124,000 miles on it, and I have NEVER had one single problem with it. The saturn personnel have always been more than friendly to me, and I would highly recommend this car. My car has consistently given me 40-45 miles to the gallon, and I know several other Saturn owners who are just as pleased as I am.
Although I'm no longer a die-hard fan of Saturn, I've had my Saturn SL1 since new and have not had any engine/mechanical problems with it. I find the ride smooth and am particularly impressed by how it handles tight cornerings.
The seats, and room in general, are tight and uncomfortable for long trips, but I'm a city driver and therefore don't have an issue with it.
My issue lies in how the dealership treated me once my coverage plan was over. They became like any car company: curt, not too friendly and they no longer offered the 'free car wash'.
I have to admit that if that's my only 'problem' then I don't have too much to complain about. My next car will definitely be an import with a few more luxury items on it (not too difficult a task considering what Saturn offers in its cars). Till then, I guess I'll be driving my Saturn cause it certainly doesn't have a strong resale value on it.