My mom had one for a few years (recently got ride of it). She daylied it all year in Canada on all-seasons no problem. Hers was one of the first ones, and it had a tonne of issues initially (especially electrical) but GM fixed them all within the first year (they even ended up repainting it for some reason, and the second paint job was immaculate). Car attracted a tonne of attention (she had it in bright red) which she liked.
It wasn't a 'sports car', but for what people bought them for - the looks and top-down cruising - it did the job very well. You'll remember when this car came out it was competing (IIRC) with the early NC 'soap bar' Miata, which wasn't nearly as immediately appealing to most people in terms of looks (although I liked it personally; in fact when she was looking for a little convertible I told her the Sky was too gaudy, which I later changed my mind on).
>>14211030 The "real" Saturns with plastic body panels were pretty cool, although I think they're all junked by now. The Ion in particular gets a lot of shit but I think it was really neat and nice looking. The first-gen Vue also looked nice and distinct. Saturn had a really clear brand identity and styling language until close to the end, when it just became a GM rebadge dumping ground.
>>14211096 >The first-gen Vue also looked nice and distinct. It looks OK but I DD one (A V6 FWD automatic) and the quality is just fucking dogshit. Hard plastic just about everywhere in the interior, the fake leather seats don't have adjustable lumbar, and (I suppose unsurprisingly with 12 years and 127k miles) there's a number of interior rattles. Discounting the rattles, the chassis doesn't deal with small road creases and imperfections well. It's super fucking noisy. The steering feels like shit too, worse than any other FWD car I've driven. The only thing I can think of that was in any way worse was a '97 Expedition, which is excusable.
>>14211164 I'm the first one to deride the "pigfat" meme. Buy the Sky was heavy as fuck for it's "luxuries" (which it didn't have much of). In this case, it was very heavy. I would have liked it if it had more power to make up for it. But in it's class >heaviest >worst handling >slowest >expensive >not really reliable >company doesn't exist to support it
>>14211145 >>14211075 >L300 Hey senpaitachi what do you guys think about this in pic related? http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/ctd/5388175953.html
I fucking love that white paint on it. Only thing is I'm gonna have to call the fucking seller to ask how many miles it has on it. He's asking $1450.
However, from Wikipedia: >The Saturn L-Series was troubled early in production by a number of quality issues, often related to engine failures, transmission failures and overall fit and finish issues. Consumers reported repeat problems with tire noise and vibration linked to poorly designed control arm bushings and nonadjustable rear alignments. A retrofit kit was released to address these concerns.
>In 2005, a recall was issued pursuant to a defect petition by the North Carolina Consumers Council, a consumer nonprofit advocacy organization, alleging repeat brake and tail light failures. The resulting recall affected more than 300,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada. >Later that same year, the North Carolina Consumers Council petitioned for an investigation into timing chain failures and subsequent engine failures across the model lineup for vehicles using the 2.2L engine. The resulting recall affected only a small number of vehicles built in a four-month period in late 2000 and early 2001. The organization reported that complaints of engine failure due to a defective timing chain design persist to this day and requests for recall expansions have largely been ignored. The organization has gone so far as to make its first recommendation against the purchase of a vehicle in its more than forty year history due in part to this timing chain defect.
>>14211186 Not her car but it looked the same. Actually I think hers was completely specced-out, and it had enormous wheels (relative to the size of the car) which really contributed to the look. The top design was also really nice looking, with extensions that went back to improve the lines.
People always asked her what it was. Bang-for-buck I don't think you could buy a more exotic looking head-turning car.
People criticize the weight and performance vs. the Miata, but they're missing the point that this was really an exercise in pure styling, with exaggerated everything (super low stance, wide body, huge wide tires, chrome everywhere, sharp lines, colour-coded interior, engine tuned for sound not performance...)
>>14211146 Its funny because i have one with a j series v6 fwd auto and at 190k mikes, there are no rattles or anything. The interior leaves a lot of room for improvement but its like a sleeper. Got it dyno tuned with a 250$ custom catback and an intake and made 283hp. You're definitely over exaggerating about the noise though.
>>14211255 >You're definitely over exaggerating about the noise though. It could be that my last DD was a P71, which was silent as a tomb. Unfortunately issues were starting to pile up on her and I got the Vue for the low price of nothing.
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