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#745 of 1419 So Far So Good Four Months Later
Sep 01, 2001 (3:13 pm)
In May, I bought a 2000 SL1 from my local Saturn dealer. It's now September, and so far things have been great. The car gets about 25-30 miles per gallon in regular driving (auto/AC); it's reasonably peppy and very stable at high speeds. (So smooth in fact, I've caught myself going 80 miles an hour plus!)
Only a few minor problems, including a broken sun visor fitting (which was fixed under warranty). I'm keeping to the regular Saturn maintenance schedule.
I've seen stories by the so-called "car nuts" who want passion in their driving machines, and think Saturns don't have any passion. Maybe so. But I need good transportation, not a flash-in-the-pan. Maybe if these self-described "car experts" had to drive to work every day like most of us, they'd realize reliability and competence will win out over horsepower or whether you can take the curves at 90. I'm sticking with my Saturn.
#746 of 1419 Reliable at 68K
Sep 02, 2001 (5:47 pm)
My '00 Saturn SL (5-speed and AC) has 68,000 miles and is running great. No oil usage (Mobil 1) and getting 39-41mpg every week. I put at least 1K miles on it every week (mostly highway).
Changed the spark plugs today (didn't need it - the originals looked great). Went with "Bosch PLUS 4" and noticed a slight pick-up in acceleration.
Sep 05, 2001 (6:41 pm)
I have recently purchased a 2001 SL1 (3 weeks ago) and immediately noticed a vibration at speeds above 80 km. I have had the car back twice. The tires were balanced-no change- and then replaced - all 4- better but still doing it. Has anyone else had this problem and actually had it resolved? I am taking the car in for a third time and if it still doesn't get fixed I may ask for an exchange or refund, I have 7 more days to decide.I like the car otherwise, gutless but great gas mileage.
P.S. the stock tires are Firestone FR680, any feedback would be Greatly appreciated
Sep 06, 2001 (5:41 am)
Go back in this thread a bit and there are some ideas on what to do about vibration.
If you return it you may wan't to look at used SL2's. Power is much better as well as handling with the twin cam engine and 15" wheels and a rear anti-sway bar. The car is basically the same since the first year it came out so a 99 or 2000 model will still have the improvements over the early years and you won't really be getting a older car. Gas mileage is still decent with the twin cam but I have noticed a huge difference depending on how I drive heavy or feather foot. 94 SL2 auto.
#749 of 1419 I wouldnt mess around
Sep 06, 2001 (9:38 pm)
Drop the car off and tell them you will pick it up when it doesn't vibrate. Be nice - but firm.
I wouldn't risk it
If they can't fix it - return it.
#750 of 1419 CV Boot???
Sep 10, 2001 (7:13 am)
We recently took our 95 saturn in for yet another alternator and also had the front brakes done. After getting the car back we noticed a clicking sound when backing with the wheel turned to the right. When going forward with the wheel to the right we heard a grinding noise. Could this be related to the brake job? or worse is it the CV joint? Shouldn't a mechanic notice a torn CV boot when doing the brakes?
#752 of 1419 CV Joint update
Sep 12, 2001 (7:21 am)
It's not the CV joint thank goodness. Apparently our new front tires are slightly bigger than the old and contacting the wheel well when the steering is cranked. Also the exhaust was loose and rattling. Back to discount tires to complain.
#754 of 1419 Saturn Vibration Update
Sep 13, 2001 (8:00 pm)
After having my NEW 2001 SL1 in the shop three times in under 4 weeks I was told that Saturn is aware of the problem but did not have a fix at this time, just a lot of ideas, which my dealer tried. They also told me it seemed to be predominately on 5 speed models. I had an automatic for a loaner and took a demo out for an extended test and decided to exchange for the auto. They gave me no hassles. They were great about the whole thing. I woud definitely recommend the Saturn "experience" to anyone looking for a new or used car - they have a 30 day exchange on used as well.