30th Jan 2006, 00:48
This is probably true for Saturns to that point. I have owned two, and both started around 115k, to be very problematic. Ancillary components started to fail: pwr steering pump, alternator, and starter. Then cooling system, temp sensor and rad. Now it is consuming a lot of oil, and in a state that requires emissions testing, it will most likely not pass. Interior squeaks and rattles, and the sunroof leaks. These cars are great runabouts until 100k, but beyond that point poor GM build quality, and their commitment to using poor quality parts begins to show. I can see why that company is in such turmoil, vs japanese manufacturers.
28th Apr 2006, 23:57
I have experienced similar problems with the door leaking. It seems to be a common problem and the mechanics I've been to can't seem to get it right. And my seat has indeed worn out and become slightly uncomfortable on long hauls.
However, I haven't had many of the other problems you guys have listed here. Perhaps that's because I have a very standard model? Manual shift, steering, locks, windows, etc. Maybe the best way to go when buying an older Saturn is to get a very basic one.
15th Jan 2007, 17:42
I have a 95 Saturn SL1 it has 139000 miles and has only needed a new cat converter and a new radiator, but that's it, it gets great gas mileage and runs great awesome car.
2nd Feb 2007, 07:50
I have a 95 Saturn SL, just turned over 290,400 miles with the original engine and it still runs great. It's a manual and I've replaced the clutch twice (about $350 each time). Otherwise- great car and easy to maintain.
8th Mar 2007, 11:11
I owned a 1995 Saturn SL2 for about a year and it turned out to be the best car I've ever owned and I'm driving a 2004 Dodge. I never had a single problem maybe because I took care of it, oil change every 3,000 miles and air filter twice a year along with regular maintinence. That car was well over 140,000 miles and worked fine and was even better on gas.