1995 Saturn SW SW2 1.9 DOHC from North America
Wish all cars were this well made
Rear wheel bearings - Discovered they were bad while checking the rear brakes. Wasn't making any noise yet, but could tell they were dry, so I just replaced them. Changed at 238,000 miles.
Plug wires and spark plugs - the car had a slight miss. Pulled the plug wires. Saw that the grease in the boot was so old it had hardened and felt similar to candle wax. It was just time to change the plugs and wires.
Valve cover gasket - Discovered this was bad while changing the plugs. When I pulled the plug wires, 2 of the wires were wet on the end.
Tires - they were just bald and loud. Replaced with much higher quality rubber.
Muffler - rotted out. Replaced with stainless steel replacement.
Tie rods - tie rods had no slop whatsoever, but they were old enough that the boots were dry rotted and had no zerk fittings, so I just had replacements installed that were greaseable.
Driver's seat - foam in the seat was all smashed down. Was like that when I bought the car. Replaced with seat from a lower mileage SL2 from a salvage yard.
It's been a good car. Fuel efficient, parts are cheap, and it's easy to work on. The only issue I have is the oil burning, which is a common problem. Have to add about a quart of oil every 700 miles.
Other than that, it's been a good car. Fuel economy is good. Averaging about 35 MPG.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th March, 2014