Sorry to be a downer, but I hated my Saturn SL. It constantly had problems
and to top it off the service was horrid.
Once I had my tires rotated, and the next day I noticed a clicking noise called the dealer and they said, nothing to worry about, and when I was then on the Interstate my tire absoloutely CAME FLYING OFF!!!! Very dangerous for myself and the other drivers. The dealership where I was (on the Interstate) said that the tire had never actually been bolted down. So, when they call the dealership my hometown dealership says that I must have "messed with the tires" Like I know how to mess with tires...:chuckle Luckily the other dealer called the president of the company because he was concerned about the whole thing-
Well, I spoke to the president of Saturn and there is now a new service crew in my hometown, But I traded the sucker in for a nice Mazda- it always runs and I get superb service. So I guess I could say Saturn is very responsive when a could have been fatal accident happens and you complain to the President of the company, but other than that, I think they absoloutely stink.
! I didn't get a lot of power on Hills, despite having a 5 speed stick.
2. the car still hesitated a lot.
3. It had frequent electrical problems.- turn signals would go on erratically or not at all.radio ever really worked right. often stalled as I turned it on.
4. It was no good for long trips.
5. The car is almost entirly constructed out of plexiglass- I found that out when I crashed because the tire fell off. so as far as safety, it isn't up there, but frankly, I think it ranks similarly to others in that class.
This is my second Mazda- the first was so small, it had well over 250 thou miles on it and kept going marvelously. The second is nearing 200K now and without any problems (well, I wore out the clutch.) and both were Used prior to me. I guess there is nothing wrong with Saturn perse, but the service has caused me to continually tell people how much I despise the company.