15th May 2008, 08:20
Yea sure they aren't the best cars on the road, but they are sooo cheap to buy that it is a deal. You can't complain about this car being unrefined when it only costs $10000 brand new! My 2000 SL1 has over 100,000 miles on it and it runs like a champ. The seats aren't comfy for long distances, it rattles a bit, especially in the cold, and the engine is starting to burn oil... but that's all my complaints! I can't complain about the tranny or clutch because they are pretty decent and the car is as reliable as hell... what cars are you comparing this one to?
16th Jun 2008, 16:16
My Saturn is a piece! I had to get a new engine after 75,000 miles. It was having a problem with burning oil and we took it to get fixed and it was running fine, but then I was getting on the highway and had to speed up and hit 4 thousand rpms and it almost died on me. The entire way home it was rattling and everything, then I turned it off at home and it wouldn't start again. Turned out I had a cracked piston.
Saturn is calling me tomorrow to follow up with a complaint I filed. Engines should be built to last more that 75,000 miles. I see bunches of cars older than mine on the road. Currently I am having no problems with my car with the engine from the junk yard I got, but it was also from a Saturn. I was also advised by a mechanic that my car would most likely not see 80,000 miles, and he was right, at least about the engine.
5th Jul 2008, 22:20
Try changing the oil, maybe even on time.
Ever had a timing belt break on a Honda? Result; boat anchor.
I have 5 SL series Saturns (2000, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997), 1 has 500 k, 1 has 475, 2 have ~ 350 1 has 90 k. The TOTAL amount I have spent on repairs in the years I have owned them: $2672.40.
If you can beat that, good for you.
4th Aug 2008, 15:18
I just bought a Saturn SL1 2000, which has about 120 000 miles on it, and so far, it's working wonderfully.
Honestly, the only problem I've got with it is that, I think it's ugly, LOL.
I don't like the "curved" form that the designers gave it.
But besides that, I haven't faced any other mechanical problems with it, yet.
8th Jan 2010, 06:42
I have owned a 2000 SL2 manual 5 speed since new. I have 213,000 miles on it. It now uses about a quart of oil every 1000 miles. It runs great. Still gets great gas mileage and I have never done a major repair. Original starter, alternator, clutch, emission controls. It's not a fancy car, but has been very reliable.
31st Jan 2010, 17:46
I have a 2000 SL1 that I bought 7.5 years ago with 20000 miles on it. It now has 128000. It still gets 39 mpg, and the most I have had to do it was an intake gasket. It has the original exhaust, battery, alternator and everything else. It is a no thrill car, but it has been the best car I ever owned. My other 2 were Fords.
19th Nov 2010, 23:11
I purchased my 2000 SL2 5 years ago for $4700 cash. It hasn't had any serious problems in those 5 years. I've been able to fix anything that failed. And it's all been simple stuff. With 4 large adults in the car, I get 39 mpg highway. City it's always 27 mpg. It has 120,000 miles on it, and uses a quart of oil every 2000 miles. It's a no frills car, but I knew that before I purchased it. And it's the very reason I purchased it.