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#1061 of 1419 good transportation
Mar 12, 2003 (6:59 am)
If you know anyone looking for good transportation to commute in or give to a teen, tell them to check out thier local Saturn store. All remaining 2002 S-Series in stock at the dealers are $4000 off sticker! We went and looked at our dealer and they had dozens of 2002 models in stock. We found a silver SL2 with auto, CD upgrade and sunroof that we like that will be about $11,800 after discounts. I think we will go again this weekend as we had just mailed our March payment to GMAC and I wanted to wait a few days to make sure our payoff is updated. We are still not sure we will trade, but if we get decent trade-in for our 1999 SL2, it will be tempting to get a sunroof and a new warranty for that kind of money.
Mar 13, 2003 (2:02 pm)
Glad to hear it... don't forget to look at the ION's which are at least $ 3000.00 off, with more horsepower, and an updated suspension / interior...
Mar 14, 2003 (10:46 am)
I did not know they were at least $3k off. Thanks!
Mar 14, 2003 (1:31 pm)
The rebates may vary by retailer, but most retailers nationwide are offering a $ 2000.00 Saturn rebate, plus a $ 1000.00 GM loyalty rebate on the ION... IF you can find a retailer that has way too many IONs you can also get another $500.00-1000.00 off for a market adjustment making a total of $ 4000.00 off a new ION.
#1065 of 1419 way too many
Mar 17, 2003 (11:21 am)
My local dealer, Saturn of Gwinnett, has at least 100 of them on the lot. I never see any on the road or in parking lots at the store or anywhere else, either. I'm sure they would love to sell us one!
Mar 17, 2003 (3:41 pm)
"I'm sure they would love to sell us one!"
Im sure they would too, and as someone who has owned two S Series vehicles I believe the ION is improved in every way at a lower price.
More power, two anti roll bars on base models, electronic steering, still has polymer, more insulation, need I say more ?
#1067 of 1419 1998-2001 reliability
Apr 06, 2003 (4:41 pm)
I'm looking at buying a '98-'01 Saturn (and also Corolla or Sentra) with under 50,000 miles.
Can anyone shed some advice about the quality of these cars? I've read about alternators pre-1998 and motor mounts. But any other mechanical issues? How do these drive on the highway?
#1068 of 1419 Shed some light
Apr 06, 2003 (11:42 pm)
I think a pre-owned S series makes a very good buy. Right now the market is very soft and you can pick one up cheap. REAL cheap.
In 1998 they did redesign the altenator but one older than that probably has already had the altenator replaced anyways.
As for motor mounts it really doesn't matter what year you buy you're going to have to put on a top axis mount every 60K to keep the vibrations in the cabin at a low level. Thats the only mount you really have to worry about unless you're going to keep it for 10+ years or 200K+ miles.
The only other common problem you didn't mention is oil consuption which can happen even in the later model years but it usually fairly minimal and for most people doesn't even happen.
Apr 07, 2003 (4:36 pm)
As I have owned two S Series (1998 SL and 2001 SL1) I can tell you that my experiences have been positive overall. I never had any major problems, and S Series cars are very economical to own/operate.
As for a highway ride, the SL/ SL1 have a decent ride, but the seats were a bit small for my tastes. I would suggest an SL2 for it has 24 more horsepower than the SL/SL1..
However, I have seen SL1's with around 30,000-40,000 miles with auto/ air/ cd going for $ 8000.00 or so.. A great deal less than a similarly equipted Corolla/ Civic. Let us know what you decide.
Apr 19, 2003 (5:34 am)
They are very good buys because of the oil consumption wild card . Most dont have that problem .....but if you are unlucky to get one . the cars are pretty solid other wise . Listen to the drivetrain noise carefully used Saturns are very loud maybe to loud to live with