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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I bought my 2002 SL1 as a co-signer for my daughter. When she got married she gave it back to me despite my objection that it was her car and I had just cosigned to help her establish credit. Almost 3 years later, she had 25K miles on it and still owed almost $10,000. But what a break for me. The car gets consistently 40 mpg highway, 32 around town, even when the a/c is on in the summer. I have over 115K miles on it now, and have put less than $1000 into it (not counting oil and filter changes, tires and gas). Had brakes on it once, tune up, front rotors and $100 for a new map lite. That was a shocker. You can't change the bulb. You have to change the whole map lite unit in the overhead. Not a lot of power, but for the most part I can get to traffic speed and stay there all the while getting 40 mpg. I sometimes have to turn off the a/c on long grades to stay at 70 mph, but I'm happy doing that knowing the mileage I'm getting. For the price, it's been a great car.
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I bought my 1995 Saturn SL2 at the end of August 2009 with 103k on the odometer. 26k miles later, it's still doing well for itself. But it's not perfect. The car came from PA, so it was rusty underneath. I've dumped more than $1,600 into my $800 car. It's showing its age, but it got me out to California without much issue. The transmission feels lifeless. The clutch feels worn despite having lots of life left in it. The ECU for the engine fan let out, so I have a mechanical switch in my car now. It's a bit dated, but it can still do over the EPA 33 mpg on the highway.
It's been a great car for me with relatively minimal investment. Sure, it's old, but if you don't mind throwing some oil into it every so often and you don't mind the lack of refinement from mid-1990s GM interior design, it's a perfectly capable commuter car that should last for a long, long time with a widespread and affordable parts availability.