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1999 Saturn SL

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.5

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Nice Affordable Car

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Sep 9, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great MPG, Cheap to fix, Safe, Reliable, Great AC
Cons: Cheap Plastics, Rattles in the dash, uncomfortable back seat. Hot interior if left in sun
The Bottom Line: Buy it if you have a short commute or can live with harmless rattles. Great for the money!

I bought my Saturn with 40,000 miles almost five years ago. My 1988 Honda Accord had some problems and I wanted something that was cheap to insure, safe and a rice burner. This car was an A+ in all three categories. The check engine light went on at ... read more

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129,000 miles and still running strong!

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Aug 25, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great MPG, fancy leather, CD player etc
Cons: Why oh why is this car discontinued!? NO! Bring it back!
The Bottom Line: Buy it now you wont regret it! NOW!

I definately love my lil saturn LS2! Amazing! There are so many great things about it I cant even explain. I bought it used with 125,000 miles on it (my mechanic okayed it of course... same mechanic for over 17 years and still yet to have a lemon!). I ... read more

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Just passed 100,000 miles

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Jun 5, 2007 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: American made, low cost, safe, dependable, great buying experience.
Cons: Road noise, door seals.
The Bottom Line: Good, solid American made car. If your looking for value *and* quality, and don't need a lot of frills. the SL-2 is a good car to get.

I wanted to buy an American car for the first time back in 1999. After a bunch of research, I decided on a Saturn. Some friends owned Saturns and spoke highly of them. I also was aware of the safety record and dependability Saturns were noted for. So I ... read more

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This car was the perfect choice for commuting and great for my small family.

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Dec 14, 2005 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: economic, safe, dent resistant,big trunk,Dependable
Cons: The interior is a little noisy and although it seats five it's a tight fit.
The Bottom Line: Excellent buy. My next vehicle will also be a Saturn!

I own a 1999 Saturn SL and have had nothing but wonderful things to say about this little car. My car has 111458 miles on it and still runs like it did when I first bought it. I have a family of four and it suits us just fine as a practical family ... read more

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108000 miles and still going strong!

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Oct 12, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Gas mileage, sturdy, affordable
Cons: No longer manufactured
The Bottom Line: Saturn, please bring back this line of cars!! I'll recommend the Saturn SL series to anyone who'll listen.

You saw the commercials years ago where someone was getting cheered by Saturn employees for buying her first new car. Well, I had that experience in February 1999. I bought my first new car and it was a Saturn SL1 5-speed. I had been researching ... read more

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Newbie to Saturns

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Sep 1, 2005 - Updated Nov 29, 2005 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: transmission, gas mileage, trunk space, fold down seats, nice options- power package.
Cons: cheap looking interior comapred to Hondas, Toyotas, etc. Short sun visor.
The Bottom Line: it depends on your needs. The price was great.

I set out looking for an SL2 specifically because it more power. I too liked the design and fell for those advertisements (sap!) The 1999-2000 Saturns were in my price range for a used car. I ended up buying one from a private party, blackberry and in ... read more

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My Dream Car (With Bonus Dream Purchase Experience)

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May 13, 2005 - Updated May 16, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handles great (even on ice), smart looking, great gas mileage
Cons: Weird security system and bad Check Engine light
The Bottom Line: I would buy this car again in a heartbeat.

I fell in love with the Saturn when the very first commercials came out. You know, all those "what is that you’re driving" commercials. Ok, maybe I bought the advertising, but it seems to be holding up. And I had totally forgotten all those ... read more

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Very Dependable Car

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Feb 10, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: very dependable, can't say that enough
Cons: nothing
The Bottom Line: I recommend anyone who wants to buy a dependable and comfortable car to buy a Saturn.

I bought this car because I knew I needed to buy a new one soon and Saturn was the first car to come to mind. I talked to the salesperson about how dependable a Saturn is and I can't believe how right he was. Gas mileage is great, the many features are ... read more

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Great fun with a 5 speed!

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Oct 4, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Fun, sporty, good-handling, peppy, long-life, good resell
Cons: turn-radius(argg, parking!), small interior, cheap 'feel'
The Bottom Line: I recommend this car for a single male or female who likes to drive for fun but also needs to commute.

I'd have to say that the single best thing about this car is that it's fun to drive around crazy in it. Using the 5-Speed manual transmission you can output a lot of power from the DOHC engine in the first couple of gears and beat cars in the 250hp ... read more

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SL2 - a practical, solid car

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Mar 29, 2004 - Updated Apr 14, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Safe, well engineered, excellent fuel economy, adequate performance
Cons: Engine and road noise, poor performance with A/C on, mediocre audio
The Bottom Line: A great all-around car for commuters and occasional haulers. It's built for practicality, not performance. Under proper care, it will age well.

I will start by saying that the Saturn SL2 is an economy car -- it's not the sportiest car by a long shot, but it's built very well and will last you under proper maintenance. The 1.9 L engine won't win many drag races, but it will give you ample ... read more

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Peppy, economical, reliable car

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Jan 27, 2004 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: This car seems well built. Good fuel economy.
Cons: n/a
The Bottom Line: Overall I have driven the car all over Southern california and it is great. Since purchasing this car i have driven over 3,000 miles and have enjoyed the car.

The car had a bad engine mount when I bought it. This caused it to jerk at part throttle in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears. My mechanic replaced it with a redesigned OEM mount, and the jerking has subsided. I think that the transmission mounting needs ... read more

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I miss my '99

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Apr 4, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Good solid car, trunk roomy enough, good ride, peppy
Cons: Small backseat
The Bottom Line: Saturns are just plain good overall cars. You can't go wrong with any Saturn you buy.

I traded in my '99 SL1 for my new '02 SL1. Overall, I loved my '99. It had almost 100,000 km on it. I only traded it in because of low interest rates and a good trade-in value. I ended up paying only $4 more a month for my '02 with a few more features. ... read more

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Better than the 97' SL!!!

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Mar 5, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: Nice looking, pretty reliable, good HWY gas mileage.
Cons: Little things break a lot, service dept. has difficulty diagnosing problems, no cruise control.
The Bottom Line: Bottom line, I don't know! Seems to run okay now, but I still agonize whether I should have bought the extended warranty! I don't trust it.

My experience with Saturn is quite varied. I first bought a used 97' SL in 1999 and for three years it ran fine. It turned out to be a big fat Lemon and I had no choice but to trade it in for my current 99' SL1. I've only had a problem with the ... read more

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A good, reliable buy for those seeking transportation

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Jan 24, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Great Bargain, Excellent Reliability, Easy to Maintain
Cons: Cheap interior, oil consumption issues as car ages
The Bottom Line: Outstanding car for reliability and maintenance. Poor styling inside and out.

There's no question that we're a Saturn family. In my immediate family alone we own four of them: a 95 SL2, a 97 SC2, a 99 SL1, and a 00 SL2. We didn't get them for their looks though (well... maybe the SC2); we were simply looking for reliable cars ... read more

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SL1

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Jan 8, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Economical
Cons: Economical
The Bottom Line: Great Car, trouble free since I purchased it. Very economical, but you pay for what you get.

I just rolled 100,000 miles in just over 3.5 years on my 1999 SL1. The car has been trouble free since I purchased it. Besides oil changes and tires, I have yet to have anything other than 30k check up on it(performed at 70k). Decent features for the ... read more

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Great car for a fair price

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Dec 17, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Reliable, fuel-efficient, attractive automobile
Cons: Sunroof is stuck
The Bottom Line: The Saturn is a reliable new or used car. I would recommend it to anyone that wants a good midsize car.

I have owned two Saturns back to back. Both were purchased used. I purchased the 1999 Saturn SL2 in early 2001. At the point of purchase, the car had 44,000 miles on the odometer. In December 2002, I have 77,000 miles clocked and I am definitely ... read more

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Certified Used SL1

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Oct 31, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Compact, good mileage, good safety ratings
Cons: Low-powered, cramped interior, sloppy transmission
The Bottom Line: Fills its niche well.

I bought a '99 Saturn SL1 because I was looking for a 4-door subcompact or compact car with good mileage, good reliability ratings, good handling, fold-down back seats, and under 9K (this was in summer '02). Since I was going to immediately drive the ... read more

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The Saturn SL

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Oct 16, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: GREAT gas mileage,good handling,plenty of trunk and passenger space
Cons: Can be somewhat expensive to have repaired if you dont have a warranty
The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a good car with lots of room and great mileage..this is the car for you!

I received one of these from my fiancee for my birthday and it is a great car.Has great gas mileage and the roominess is wonderful.The child safety locks are great too(trust me.I couldnt get out of the backseat!!)But for long trips the roominess and gas ... read more

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Saturn SL (Sucks Lots)

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Aug 10, 2002 - Updated Jan 10, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: safe car to be in an accident
Cons: you're probably the cause of the accident
The Bottom Line: Drive very slowly. Good car to be in if you're going to crash.

This car has the worst handling and traction I've ever experience in $12,000 or less passenger economy car. For the money, buy a Honda. This car actually caused me to get into my first accident because of it's poor handling. It has ... read more

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SL-2: Lots of fun and reliability in a small package

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Jun 1, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Economical, acceleration, fuel consumption, amazing service, large trunk, no-rust body panels, 2 airbags, no-haggle pricing.
Cons: Not many: Small (particularly rear seats), mirror mounted low in windshield, has a few quirks
The Bottom Line: Great car for a first time buyer or someone who needs a second car to do local driving. Get great mileage, and is decent for longer trips.

Why the Saturn SL-2? Back in 1999 my wife had quit her job to go back to school, and, for the first time since we were married, we definitely needed a car. But it had to be cheap, since we were down to my measly salary, and she ... read more

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