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1 car owner like you reviewed their 1997 Saturn SL1. The average rating is a 3.5 out of 5.
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1997 Saturn SL1
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By on 6/22/10 | Prescott, AZ
I probably don't drive it well, because I'm young and uneducated about cars, but recently ran into an overheating problem with my radiator and head gasket. Very expensive to repair. Not too long ago, first and second gear had serious repairs as well.

Does not do well in Arizona, where it is arid and the elevation changes rapidly between towns. Seemingly by magic, I cannot get past 40 mph when going up a two lane hwy 1000 more feet high to the next town, but once I'm there I regain my ability to drive at normal highway speeds. But on the way there, I have to get in the slow lane with the big trucks often with parking break lights on.
I've heard the head gasket is simply more fragile on Saturns, which combined with the hot everything-eveporates-in-5 -inutes climate, does not bode well for this car.
The radio does not work anymore due to internal antena problems. Neither does the tape deck.
The air conditioning has broken twice as well. Possibly connected.
It also continues to idle after I have turned off the engine and taken the key out of the car. Possible fan problems? I don't know...

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