1999 Saturn Sl
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Best used car you can own then and now

by from Toronto, ON on May 29, 2017

The reviews are almost always the same on these cars, keep up with the maintenance, check the oil regularly and this car runs forever. These cars have little in terms of performance, styling or interi...
The reviews are almost always the same on these cars, keep up with the maintenance, check the oil regularly and this car runs forever. These cars have little in terms of performance, styling or interior build quality. But the mechanicals of this car are rock solid, this is the kind of car you would want if you needed something cheap to maintain and own for years.
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Best Car I've Ever Driven

by from Port Charlotte, FL on April 24, 2017

Great on gas, comfortable, smooth ride.. Just an all around fabulous little car! I had it for years and the only issue I ever had was having to replace the serpentine belt and that was just general we...
Great on gas, comfortable, smooth ride.. Just an all around fabulous little car! I had it for years and the only issue I ever had was having to replace the serpentine belt and that was just general wear and tear. I wish I could find another in good condition!
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Great First Car

by from on January 8, 2016

Bought this car a few years ago as my first car with 65K miles on it. I've now got almost 110K and it's still in great shape. It gets pretty good gas mileage (I average between 27 and 30) for how old ...
Bought this car a few years ago as my first car with 65K miles on it. I've now got almost 110K and it's still in great shape. It gets pretty good gas mileage (I average between 27 and 30) for how old it is. I did have one major engine problem where one of the valves got bent, but that seems to have been a freak thing as I have had no other issues with it since. It does burn quite a bit of oil so you can expect to need to add a quart between changes even if you change it every 3K miles. The only other complaint I have with the car, GM decided to put the oil filter in a spot that's really hard to get to if the car is not on a lift. I gave up trying to change my own oil and just took it to the shop because it was such a pain to try to do it myself. Despite the slightly underpowered engine, it still manages to feel a little sporty for what it is. It's a great little car and I plan to drive it into the ground, which seems like won't be for a long time.
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Best bang for your buck

by from Port Perry Canada on July 1, 2015

Bought the car used just over 6 years ago, 1 previous owner with 110K on it. It still runs like the day I bought it, and I have put very little money into it. With the body being all plastic you don't...
Bought the car used just over 6 years ago, 1 previous owner with 110K on it. It still runs like the day I bought it, and I have put very little money into it. With the body being all plastic you don't get much exterior damage. Great on gas and drives better then 95% of the vehicles on the road in winter. Only minor thing I have to say about it and may just be my model but it burns oil a little bit. Amazing first car for anyone or a commuter car.
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Almost 300K, and No End in Sight

by from Lee County, Illinois on February 10, 2015

GM seriously dropped the ball when they closed Saturn. I bought this car new, and it will be turning over to 300,000 miles in the next six months. I won't be surprised if in another ten years I write ...
GM seriously dropped the ball when they closed Saturn. I bought this car new, and it will be turning over to 300,000 miles in the next six months. I won't be surprised if in another ten years I write another review saying it will turn over to 500,000 soon. As long as parts will be available when the old ones wear out, I think this car will just keep going. Last summer I was getting 38-42 mpg, mostly highway driving. (I don't use the a/c much.) This winter it's been getting 32-35 mpg. It has wintered outdoors in Northern Illinois since 2001, and starts right up. Older Saturns tend to burn oil, but as long as you get regular oil changes, that isn't a problem. It is a little low to the ground, which made it uncomfortable for my mom to get in and out of after having both hips replaced. I know that someday I will have to replace my car, and I doubt I will find another little workhorse like this one.
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Unbelievable Find!

by from Rhinelander, WI on December 15, 2014

So I was in need of a very cheap yet reliable commuter car and I found a 1999 Saturn. It was still in very good condition with no rust and ran great. I checked the car fax and the report was clean. Th...
So I was in need of a very cheap yet reliable commuter car and I found a 1999 Saturn. It was still in very good condition with no rust and ran great. I checked the car fax and the report was clean. The car was a 1 owner with a good service history. It won't win a beauty contest or throw your head back against the seat when you punch the accelerator but I now have 193K miles on it and it doesn't miss a beat. It even drives through the snow like a champ. I still can't believe I found such a great cheap little car!
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My Go-Kart

by from Orange County New York on March 13, 2014

Bought my 99SL used from a car lot about 6 years ago. I now have 250,000 miles. The only repair was shift cables and a temperature sensor, which I did myself. If you have any talent at all, regular ma...
Bought my 99SL used from a car lot about 6 years ago. I now have 250,000 miles. The only repair was shift cables and a temperature sensor, which I did myself. If you have any talent at all, regular maintenance like tuneups, brakes, and other wear and tear items are easy work so it's fun for a driveway mechanic. With its light weight, peppy little motor, manual steering and the 5 speed manual transmission, it can be a lot of fun to drive on windy country roads. At the same time, it is comfortable on the highway easily cruising at 75 or 80 mph. Average gas mileage is 35 mixed. More than enough head room, leg room, and pretty generous trunk room. It's a great little commuter car.
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The poor man's BMW (of the '90s)

by from Paducah, KY on October 20, 2013

I still have (and regularly drive) my 1999 SL1. It has 267,000+ miles on it and it still runs like the day I bought it new. Regular oil changes, not ragging it out, not modifying it, and not letting t...
I still have (and regularly drive) my 1999 SL1. It has 267,000+ miles on it and it still runs like the day I bought it new. Regular oil changes, not ragging it out, not modifying it, and not letting things go when they needed replacing or repairing was the ticket to this car's longevity. I think most people would be hard pressed to find a more reliable car requiring as little as this car needs to stay on the road. Still running on the original engine, transmission, timing chain, etc. Many Saturns were used as tow vehicles for RVs so if you can find one that has been towed a lot, it should have few miles and have many, many years of life left. Buying a used Saturn is actually a "greener" choice than buying a new hybrid.!
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Reliable car, great on gas and easy to park.

by from Bronx, NY on September 6, 2013

Great little car, big on reliability with few problems. Great on gas, spare parts are cheap, goes long on gas.
Great little car, big on reliability with few problems. Great on gas, spare parts are cheap, goes long on gas.
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safe economical car

by from on May 2, 2013

My husband and I walked away from a head on crash that totaled my car last week. No broken bones. It was a very dependable car. Drove mountain pass safely in winter storms for over a decade. Much bet...
My husband and I walked away from a head on crash that totaled my car last week. No broken bones. It was a very dependable car. Drove mountain pass safely in winter storms for over a decade. Much better mileage than most new cars on the market now. Also amazing amount of fold through space when seats are down. Very sorry to lose it . Only cars marketed overseas seem to rival it. Not sure why we don't get the fuel efficient models here in the states.
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