Is a 1999 Saturn a good car for a teen? It was owned an an old lady, with 85K miles and it s $4K. I m not sure if a car that old would last?

Is a 1999 Saturn a good car for a teen? It was owned by an old lady, with 85K miles and is $4K. I'm not sure if a car that old would last long? I have a dealer helping me look for my teen – he knows budget is an issue and I need something that will last my son at least through college, or the next five years

Is a 1999 Saturn a good car for a teen? It was owned by an old lady, with 85K miles and is $4K. I'm not sure if a car that old would last long? I have a dealer helping me look for my teen – he knows budget is an issue and I need something that will last my son at least through college, or the next five years minimum. He said this car has all the maintenance records. I'm not mechanically inclined and would pay for an independent inspection. It just seems like a 17 year old car would not last.

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Susan:
It does seem old and may need a timing belt replace around 100,000 mile if they didn't do it already, that can be a pricey job. I am not too familiar with Saturns, but anything that old may need to replace parts soon simply because of it's age. I am sure you can find a newer car for $4k, but maybe have higher mileage.
Artemisc:
If it has been well maintained, and all the records are available, perhaps it's ok. A bit high priced, though, may 2K.
regerugged:
The car is obsolete. chances are the little old lady did not maintain it properly. I would say the car is worth about $500.00
Hugo90:
Not a bad choice if she took good care of it.