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2001 Saturn Sl

2001 Saturn SL

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Solid car

by from Berkeley, CA on April 25, 2011

I am the original owner of my 2001 Saturn. I bought it fresh out of college and I still have it. I only have about 52,000 miles on it and have only done preventive maintenance such as oil changes, new...
I am the original owner of my 2001 Saturn. I bought it fresh out of college and I still have it. I only have about 52,000 miles on it and have only done preventive maintenance such as oil changes, new tires, coolant flush etc. The transmission is clunky since about 7,000 miles into owning this car. I was told it might be the motor mounts. Other than the transmission, this car is pretty solid. I'm glad to see that other folks have 120,000+ miles on their Saturn. Comfort is not that great, however I am 6'3" so not my ideal sized car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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great safe teliable car!

by from sc on March 31, 2013

This car was my daughtet's first and second cars. They both run great and are made to really protect yoy in a crash. The first saturn was involved in an accudent where another vehicle ran right up ont...
This car was my daughtet's first and second cars. They both run great and are made to really protect yoy in a crash. The first saturn was involved in an accudent where another vehicle ran right up onto the windsheild and my daghter walked away without a sratch. The second accident she was involved in a four carpile up on the interstate. The passenger 'cage' design protected her and again, she walked away without a scratch. This time the car was totaled. So she biught another saturn just like it. That car was rear ended at a stop light, and onky bumper damage. She still drives it to work, shopping, vacation trips, everywhere. It is an exceptional, reliable car to own. I like how it keepf her so safe. We also own a saturn vue and love it. Plus saturns are great to tow behind RVs, they tow on all 4 wheels easily. It was a sad day when we heard saturn woul close their doors.it's a good thing these saturns last so long and are easy keepers. .
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Sad dilemma

by from NW Arkansas on June 14, 2012

What a love/hate relationship!!! It's really so very sad that the 2001 SL2, the most beautiful small sedan design ever (in my humble opinion) had such raw, primitive, low-quality engineering. I had a...
What a love/hate relationship!!! It's really so very sad that the 2001 SL2, the most beautiful small sedan design ever (in my humble opinion) had such raw, primitive, low-quality engineering. I had and loved a 1995 Saturn SW2 that was unfortunately destroyed by a natural disaster (or I'd still be driving it). This '95 was smooth, quiet, rugged, and dependable - I had no plans to EVER let go of it. But its getting smashed by a fallen tree changed my plans. Naturally, I thought a silver, exquisitely beautiful little 2001 Saturn SL sedan would be a wonderful replacement, but I soon found that I was grossly mistaken - the 2001 SL vibrated horribly at a red light (a problem I believed I could get fixed but never ever could), it squeaked and rattled at various speeds, with all windows closed it tranferred insufferable road noise into the cabin on the highway (like an open jeep!), both the CD and the cassette player broke (completely), the sunroof broke and repair cost was beyond belief, one of the interior reading light buttons fell out, and it started burning oil like a diesel. I had the most beautiful body ever designed by Saturn with the worst engineering of this era. When the A/C compressor (proprietary Saturn) died and the repair was more than the car was worth, I had no choice but to get rid of it. Frankly, I was in despair. I kept it only because it was beautiful - but oven-like temperatures on the black leather upholstery made me trade it in for a fleet-owned Taurus...another hardy sedan, but quite a gas hog compared to Saturns. If Saturn could have continued the quality it had in the 1990's, it might have survived. But the last of its truly home-grown models, the 3rd generation S series, like my 2001 SL2, were the beginning of its demise. So extremely sad, because the artists, the designers, were reaching their peak of beauty in the early 2000's, while the engineering and quality were making NO progress, but actually crashing badly.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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Good Car!

by from Farwell, TX on August 24, 2011

I purchased a 2001 Saturn SL a couple months back with 50K miles. It looks, runs and drives great. Only disappointment is that I'm only getting about 32 MPG. The '99 I had previously got about 42mpg. ...
I purchased a 2001 Saturn SL a couple months back with 50K miles. It looks, runs and drives great. Only disappointment is that I'm only getting about 32 MPG. The '99 I had previously got about 42mpg. Still, it is a good car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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I drive 90 miles a day

by from Near Geen Bay, WI on January 12, 2007

The overdrive revs at 2500(rpm) at 70 mph's, and I still get (at a low in the winter in Wisconsin) 32-33 miles per gallon, in the summer 34-37+, a/c will play a big role in that. My point is I put 20,...
The overdrive revs at 2500(rpm) at 70 mph's, and I still get (at a low in the winter in Wisconsin) 32-33 miles per gallon, in the summer 34-37+, a/c will play a big role in that. My point is I put 20,000 miles on this year and just had to change oil, I'd drive this car anywhere. This car does have every feature under the sun, but at the price I think one gets alot of car.
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Does recommend this car

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184,000 and still going...

by from Appleton, WI on February 28, 2008

As much as I claim to hate this car, I have to admit that it's been pretty good to me despite sitting outside in subzero wisconsin temperatures. I bought the car new in 2001 and did have the headgaske...
As much as I claim to hate this car, I have to admit that it's been pretty good to me despite sitting outside in subzero wisconsin temperatures. I bought the car new in 2001 and did have the headgasket replaced around 90,000 - however it should be noted that I am TERRIBLE about oil changes and it is common knowledge that these cars do use oil. Other than that, three sets of tires (the originals lasted 80,000 +) regular oil changes and minor maintance has been about it. I drive 90 miles round trip per day and I never worry about if I'll make it or not.
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Drive it to the end

by from Coal Region, Pa on April 21, 2011

I've had my 2001 Saturn for the last three years and my mileage is at 130K. I still get 30 mpg. It uses a minor amount of oil each month. It will increase in revs while stopped. I have found that by ...
I've had my 2001 Saturn for the last three years and my mileage is at 130K. I still get 30 mpg. It uses a minor amount of oil each month. It will increase in revs while stopped. I have found that by pressing in and holding the oxygen sensor and/or taping it in tighter will stop this for a couple of months. If the check engine light comes on, I'll re tape the sensor and all is good. For a front wheel drive vehicle, it is decent in the snow, just need to remember to keep decent rear tires on to reduce spinning out. Other than that, regular maintaince and expected repairs have occurred. It's resale value is pathetic, so I plan on driving it till it dies. From what I've been reading, that might be a few more years. Sweet!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Solid, reliable transportation.

by from PA on February 6, 2010

I bought my car new in December of 2000, and now I have 122,000 on it. I have kept all of the routine maintenance and fortunately have had no major repairs. Plus, I average about 30 mpg. It still look...
I bought my car new in December of 2000, and now I have 122,000 on it. I have kept all of the routine maintenance and fortunately have had no major repairs. Plus, I average about 30 mpg. It still looks and runs great and I hope to keep it going for another 100,000 miles!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Nice Little Car

by from Indiana on August 28, 2009

We owned our SL2 for about 8 years and 124,000 miles. The only major expense, with the exception of oil changes etc., was tires, battery and brakes. The car was very reliable and inexpensive.
We owned our SL2 for about 8 years and 124,000 miles. The only major expense, with the exception of oil changes etc., was tires, battery and brakes. The car was very reliable and inexpensive.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Attractive car,expenseive & high maintenence

by from Ohio on August 17, 2006

This car is not for anyone who doesn't have an obsession with maintenence. Although it is a very attractive car with many whistles and bells, keep in mind you'll spend plenty of time and money checkin...
This car is not for anyone who doesn't have an obsession with maintenence. Although it is a very attractive car with many whistles and bells, keep in mind you'll spend plenty of time and money checking, re-checking and repairing all of them. I owned this car for only 6 months. When I got this car, it was used but had really low mileage and the giddy-up I was used to from driving around a Dodge Intrepid. The estimated 40mpg highway is a joke. I never got that kind of gas mileage out of this car. I worked 20 miles from home and a full tank of gas would last me only about four days. Instead of chaning the oil every 2,000 miles, it had to be done about every 800 miles because I would immediately notice a lack in performance if I didn't. This got to be pretty expensive after a while. After only six months, the transmission was about to completely die on me and there were several fluid leaks including oil leaking completely out of the car after only a 30 mile drive. I had to keep putting oil in the car every day-a quart a day kept the tow truck away and that's how I got the car around for two months before I voluntarily let the bank reposess it. It was going to cost more to fix than to keep running. I drove the car a lot and perhaps that contributed to the problems I encountered but if you're looking for a low-maintenence car that can get you from here to there with a minimal investment, I advise looking somewhere other than the Saturn SL. It's really just a money pit.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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