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Location: Pickering, Ontario, Canada
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the Saturn is a pretty primitive, underpowered vehicle, but this works in it's favour, the result is a stone reliable vehicle that just keeps going and going.
They are very easy to work on too, and the engine compartment is not cramped (like my 1995 Altima). The 1.9 SOHC motor is it's own dog, it is not the same motor that is in the Cavaliers. There is a SOHC and DOHC version, but I would recommend the SOHC version to be honest (simpler, not as many issues, lasts forever).
The plastic body stays looking good too, I rarely had to wash mine (I let nature do that every time it rained).
Another word of advice, if you are checking one out, make sure it is fully warmed up, then take it on the highway and make sure the transmission shifts through all the gears ok. The Saturn transmission can have shifting problems when it gets hot, if it has been abused.
If I could find another low mileage Saturn SL1, that is 2002 or older, I would buy it.
I find my replacement 1995 Altima has been great so far too, I am most interested in how long it is going to last (only has 111,000 KM on it, which is approximately 70,000 miles).
Regards to all my Altima buddies.