posted 48 years ago by
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My mom has a '96 SL1 and she loves it...no problems at all.

I, on the other hand, couldn't own one. The driver seat and position is far too uncomfortable for me. I don't know what it is, but I drove hers for about an hour and that was enough for me!

I have a 96 SL2 with 66K. The only thing I've had to do so far outside of regular maintenance is change the spark plugs at the dealer. It's going on 7 years old and still pretty reliable. I've had a few times when the engine didn't start properly (maybe 5 times in 7 years). I'd turn it over and it would act weird - sluggish and shaky. I'd have to turn it off, wait a few minutes, then restart. I went to the dealer and they updated the EEPROM for me and since then it's been OK.

The SLs have power steering now. Saturn gave up the no-power-steering starting with the 2001 model year. I have a 97 SL however and no power steering isn't that bad except when parking it gives you a little bit of a work-out. Very little.

I went to a Saturn Dealer and they also have an SL Sport eddition with the SL2 interior, sun-roof, 15" wheels, and a Spoiler (Yeah <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ) for ~$11,700

Whoever said its a $2500 discount is lieing its exactly $2000 for the SL special eddition. Its the standard SL plus A/C nothing else. Which normally retails for $11,995.

If I remember correctly, the hood, roof and deck lid are made of sheet metal. When I traded in my POS '92 SL2, the roof was rusting.

Nice price.

This is with a manual (not automatic) transmission, right?

Yes, 5 speed only. Only "luxury" is a/c and am/fm radio and power steering. Comes in silver blue color with grey interior only.

FYI, hood, top, and trunk are made with steel...
only side panels made with plastic

Saturn's are real good cars. But they are just like ALL others cars out there. If you don't take of it, it will break or have problems.

You use to be able to order a Saturn with rigth hand steering. A lot of postal people have them.

Even so, you still lose 30-40% of the car's value in the first year. Buy gently used in cash and you're much better off financially.

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