My clutch slave cylinder will cost 2000 US, and it sucks. Every few months it's something with this car.
I bought a 2000 Saturn SL this past July. It had 92,000 miles when I bought it, and now has about 96,000 miles. I have had this car only 6 months, and have had 3 major issues with it. First, my front axle motor mount collapsed. Then, my intake gasket had to be replaced. And today, I found out that the awful noise my car had been making for the past few days was my front left wheel bearing, which needs to be replaced. Overall, since buying the car, I have had to put almost $1,000 more into it. It's only saving grace is that it gets amazing gas mileage, but it's definitely not been worth all the trouble.
I have owned a 2000 Saturn SL1 for the past year, and have only had one small repair to do on it, which was the CTS (Coolant Temp Sensor) and it was only 10 bucks Canadian to fix.
I bought to car used at a Saturn dealer, and they have stood behind this car 110%, and have called me every 2 months to find out if I was still happy with the car, and if there were any problems they could fix free of charge.
You buy a 9 year old car with 92,000 miles on it, and you expect PERFECTION?
I bought an '01 SL2 with 45K miles on it almost exactly one year ago, and I've put about $250 into it. Needed a new muffler, and two sensors that I replaced myself. Car starts every time and runs like a champ. Couldn't be happier with my little old Saturn... you take care of them, and they'll run forever.
Bought my SL2 brand new in 2001. Warranty until 75K which expired long ago. In all that time, stranded me 2X, once for clutch cables and once for a broken tensioner pulley, which broke at 145K! If you are a novice mechanic as I am, this car is for you, some things are difficult to fix, but repairs at a shop are inexpensive. Very reliable, economical. Has cost me very little since the warranty expired.