Pros: Good gas mileage, great car for its year and type, and for the beginner
Cons: No cupholders are the only notable issue I've encountered thus far
I live in Canada, and this here is my first vehicle. I'm an 18 year old student, and my 1992 Saturn SL1 was a hand-me-down from my mom, who bought a 2004 Honda Accord in 2004, and kindly decided to give me her old car, rather than sell it for money. Being my first vehicle and my first real driving experience, I undoubtedly lack the veteran's experience to pass down major judgements, as this car relates to others, but I can say from the limited perspective that I have, that this is undoubtedly a quality vehicle, particularly for someone of my age range. There is just a shade under 114,000 kilometers on it now, and, after having made some minor and expectable repairs to get it truly roadworthy, it's been operating smoothly, quietly, and in a completely dependable manner. I've installed a CD deck in there, and it's superb for trucking to work and school, or for skimming around the city with friends on the weekends. I don't mind the "auto" seatbelts as much as some seem to, though I certainly don't see them as necessary in any way (they haven't frozen on me yet, luckily). It handles well and, while lacking in horsepower in comparison to some other cars, seems to handle all required speeds just fine, whether it be a residential area, or a main highway. Gas mileage is commendable, given that, even as high as gas prices are nowadays, it costs me no more than 25 or 30 dollars (Canadian) to fill the tank to the brim, which lasts for a week or more (and I do drive quite a bit).
Dissapointments thus far are few, one being the vehicle's lack of cupholders. My transmission is on the fritz to a slight degree, as it 'sticks' slightly when I switch in to reverse (I have to wait for a second or two after shifting in to reverse, before pressing the gas, giving it the extra time it needs to shift over), but this is a problem likely related to wear and tear over the course of 13 years, rather than a severe design flaw with the car itself.
All in all, I recommend this car to anyone who's deadset on this price range, and on this vehicle class.