"I bought a 1997 sl1 for my 17 year old son 4 years ago for $1200. It's been a GREAT car for him! He took it to college,and still drives it today. We replaced the timing belt at 140,000 miles, along with brake pads on the front. No other issues. I was so impressed with this car that I bought a 1999 sl1 for myself. This car is perfect for a first vehicle for a young person, due to it's reliability, gas milege, dent resistant door panels, driver AND passenger side airbags...and price! It remains one of the best buys I have ever made...no kidding!"
"Prior to owning this vehicle I've owned mostly Japanese and European cars. This was my first American car in over 30 years. After owning a 1996 Saturn SL1 for over ten years I bought another one. They're excellent basic transportation that gets 32 mpg in town and over 40 mpg on the highway (42 mpg on a recent trip across our fair state). Low maintenance costs, low insurance rates, hight mpg and high reliability was why I bought another one. Be warned that in 2003 the Saturn Ion was introduced to replace the SL series and it is a piece of junk in camparison."
"Why did GM stop making this car??? Best car I ever owned. Bought in 2004 at an auto auction. Have put on over 50,000 miles, one 700 dollar repair-valve repair. Always starts, good handling in snow. A now frills piece or transportation, lots of space in back end-seats flip down. Looks great-not bad for a car made of plastic! Have gotten over 48 mpg on highway during ideal conditions. Avg.42 mpg. hwy. We need more of these old style Saturns."