Owner Story: My Gold 1997 Saturn SL is the "Best Car I Have Ever Owned"

From MikeNW: I presently own a 1997 Saturn SL. I bought it new on July 7, 1997 with 7 miles from Saturn of Escondido, California. At the time, I wanted a small car with air conditioning that could hold my bicycle. After looking at Hondas and Fords, I found the Saturn. But I wasn't a big fan of Saturns back then. In fact, I thought the first generation "wedge" Saturns were better-looking than their second generation "pudgy" models. I didn't realize that the first gens were gone by 1997.

And I can't tell you how much I did NOT want to buy a car with a computer!

Anyway, I had finally saved up enough money by 1997 and bought the gold SL, as it was the cheapest new Saturn I could find. I like the gold because it came with a light-colored dashboard, important in the southern California heat.

Now after 12 years, I think this is the best car I have ever owned. Its certainly not as fast as my 1977 Rabbit, but its a lot more comfortable. The Saturn just seems to keep on running! The maintenance has been almost zero per mile for the first ten years. Now I am spending money on routine items, but it would still be difficult to drive cheaper per mile in another car.

I was lucky to find this forum last year when I replaced the clutch. It is one of the better forums I visit, with a lot of helpful people. My SL is sort of a hobby car. I am always looking to work to do on it, even if it's just to clean it! It reminds me of early Volkswagens.

That's my story!

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Brad Paisley Mentions Saturn in a Song on His "Time Well Wasted" Album

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Brad Paisely - Time Well Wasted Album Cover

This may be old news for country music fans, but it's new news to me: Brad Paisley included a reference to an unnamed Saturn in the song "She's Everything" on his 2005 album entitled "Time Well Wasted." How cool is that? It's not often any car, especially Saturn, is mentioned in a song whether it be from the pop, rock, hip-hop, or country music genre. Read the song lyrics to see his specific reference to Saturn, and then click here to watch the song's music video.