2002 Saturn Sl
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One of the greats in my book!

by on July 25, 2017

I owned this gem for about 2 years and was great to me until it hit 180k miles. I bought this bad baby at 120k miles for $1700 and it was well maintained. I evened name this car, Squirtle, and it was ...
I owned this gem for about 2 years and was great to me until it hit 180k miles. I bought this bad baby at 120k miles for $1700 and it was well maintained. I evened name this car, Squirtle, and it was my daily driver. Squirtle would average about 36 mpg since I was 95% on the highway. During those 2 great years, all Squirtle needed were tires and oil changes. The A/C was icy cold, drivers seat was comfy, had power windows and locks, decent radio with good reception,it had all the basic necessities I needed. Unfortunately, Squirtle started making crazy sounds on the freeway and needed it's front axle to be changed. Also, had fluid leaks. So had to get rid of Squirtle because I was quoted about $1200 on repairs. I didn't think it was worth it so I had to sell Squirtle. Passed smog and still drove just didn't know when it would finally breakdown. I would definitely get another one if I need another SL if my current car (Kia Forte) craps out on me.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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2002 Saturn sl1 ----best commuter car award---

by from Nashville, TN on June 5, 2017

Purchased my 2002 SL1 with 134,000 miles for $1,050. This car had a leaking intake manifold gasket and after watching a youtube DIY repair it was fixed in 2 hours with the new gasket costing only $13....
Purchased my 2002 SL1 with 134,000 miles for $1,050. This car had a leaking intake manifold gasket and after watching a youtube DIY repair it was fixed in 2 hours with the new gasket costing only $13. After 6 months the car now has 144,000 miles commuting roughly 50miles a day. Driving this car my weekly commute cost roughly only $20 in gas (29 mpg city/39 mpg highway)! Running cost are minimal as tires, oil, and brakes are inexpensive to replace on this almost 20 year old vehicle. Great sound system for being a budget car, the SL1 will easily keep up in traffic with a 5 speed manual( I go 80-100 mph daily) in the fast lane, and this car has yet to leave me stranded. Of coarse I own a pleasure car for weekends and when with the family...but this Saturn has such a low cost of ownership for my daily commute, It's perfect!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Perfect daily driver LOW LOW PRICE!

by from Las Vegas on May 21, 2017

It's a dependable, stylish, fuel economic car! Never leave you stranded, and with AC, rear spoiler, AM/FM w~CD player, tinted windows, new wiper blades, recently detailing inside and out!
It's a dependable, stylish, fuel economic car! Never leave you stranded, and with AC, rear spoiler, AM/FM w~CD player, tinted windows, new wiper blades, recently detailing inside and out!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Great first car

by from on May 16, 2017

Very reliable engine that could take abuse. Cheap and fuel efficient makes it a good first car, just keep up on maintenance. Pretty small and low to the ground. Notorious for brake line failure and ca...
Very reliable engine that could take abuse. Cheap and fuel efficient makes it a good first car, just keep up on maintenance. Pretty small and low to the ground. Notorious for brake line failure and can be very unsafe if it hits a bigger vehicle (eg. Escalade or semi truck).
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Does not recommend this car

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I can't part with it

by from San Luis Obispo, CA on February 19, 2017

I can't even begin to detail what this car's been through. I started out on the east coast, through the snow and icy winters, loaded it up when I was 18 and drove it full to the brim with all my stuff...
I can't even begin to detail what this car's been through. I started out on the east coast, through the snow and icy winters, loaded it up when I was 18 and drove it full to the brim with all my stuff drove all the way to California - through the mountains of Denver, Colorado and the Utah desert. 3 years after moving to California, at 160,000 miles now.. still can't let go of the thing. She's my baby. I didn't have a single problem until about 150,000 - had to replace some belts, breaks and the water pump. Considering, it's not too bad. Parts for this car are extremely easy to find and super cheap. At such high mileage things are bound to be getting worn out. I've had no major problems. Certainly not the most luxurious looking car, but it gets you there. And just keeps going and going and going. I paid $2,700 cash for it 5 years ago and I'm still driving the thing. Not willing to give up not having a car payment just yet because I literally don't have a single complaint about this car. Don't fix it if it's not broken. Highly recommend for college students or someone on a budget that still needs something they can rely on.
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I Let It Sit 5 Years

by from Texas on January 24, 2017

We got a new car back in 2011 and the 1998 Saturn sat mostly unused for the intervening years. I was scared to start it up with that ancient oil and old gas in it, but I didn't have a choice. With a...
We got a new car back in 2011 and the 1998 Saturn sat mostly unused for the intervening years. I was scared to start it up with that ancient oil and old gas in it, but I didn't have a choice. With a new battery it started right up, hummed smoothly as if it were 2011, and I immediately went to get it serviced and registered. This is the best car I've ever driven so far as reliability, value, and amazing retention of mechanical ability over time and abuse. It has over 205,000 miles on it. I had always said it would go 300,000 easy.
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Does recommend this car!!

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why i kept my saturn

by from levittown, pa on March 6, 2013

with the flood of flood cars being offered now i decided that rather than by a newer saturn throw a 1000 or so into my own because i knew what was wrong with it and the problems can be fixed, however ...
with the flood of flood cars being offered now i decided that rather than by a newer saturn throw a 1000 or so into my own because i knew what was wrong with it and the problems can be fixed, however going to STS aka somerset tire their cheapo oil filter blew off and caused my headgasket to leak ( seeking legal recourse presently ) other the little car while not much to look at isa solid performer, too bad opelaka saturn isn't here anymore.
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Does recommend this car!!

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OK. saturn sl2 2002

by from on February 17, 2013

This is my 1st car, im 17 and take very good care of my cars and my dad is a mechanic. We bought this car used. replaced wheel bearing. then had transmission issues had to replace the valves on the tr...
This is my 1st car, im 17 and take very good care of my cars and my dad is a mechanic. We bought this car used. replaced wheel bearing. then had transmission issues had to replace the valves on the trans. i feel like this is a money pit. we have replaced these valves 3 times i think. you know when they need to be replaced because you will drive it and it will shift hard and jerk bad. replaced alternator a month ago, these burn oil for some reason. vibrates really bad. I am going away to college next year, my mom and boyfriend both are very nervous about me going away to college and driving it to college. the only good thing is the gas mileage i will never own a saturn again.
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Does not recommend this car

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Saturn 2002 from Daystarr Motors

by from Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 26, 2012

I bought a Saturn 2002 from Daystarr Motors on Excelsior Blvd out in Minnetonka. I delt with Andy the owner. I was extremely impressed with his Professionalism wanting tio make sure the Car was in Gre...
I bought a Saturn 2002 from Daystarr Motors on Excelsior Blvd out in Minnetonka. I delt with Andy the owner. I was extremely impressed with his Professionalism wanting tio make sure the Car was in Great condition, he fixed a few things I had questions about but then went a head and fixed a service engine soon light that seemed to be more cold weather related. Check Andy out, I was impressed, and he would be the first person I would see when I need another car. I waould Strongly recommend Andy to someone looking for a used car. Good Luck-Jim
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great little car

by from florida on October 24, 2012

After 97k miles, replaced brakes, battery, battery cables, radiator fan motor, water pump, belts and coolant reservoir now shes ready to do another 97k. you do have to maintain any vechicle they are n...
After 97k miles, replaced brakes, battery, battery cables, radiator fan motor, water pump, belts and coolant reservoir now shes ready to do another 97k. you do have to maintain any vechicle they are not forever trouble free but will reward you for a little time and money. this vechicle is great on gas easy to work on and there are still plenty of parts as it was mass produced.
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Does recommend this car!!

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