An economical, trustworthy vehicle for the long haul
Slight head gasket leak at 200,000 km. Had it repaired - $700.
Quill bearing leak at 20,000 km and at 300,000 km and leaking again (should get it fixed for free)
Objectively speaking, this has been the most trouble-free vehicle I have owned. I chose it over a Corolla wagon because of price. The Corolla was $22,000 and the Saturn was $16,000 with identical equipment. I chose wisely.
The biggest deal with these cars was having the oil changed at 5,000km, religiously. At over 343,000 km, my car needs 1/2 litre of oil between changes (I could get away without topping it up, but why take the chance). Apparently, there were quite a few of these cars that were oil burners, but I haven't heard of any whose oil was changed that frequently.
I found the seats comfortable, but quite low. Now that they're 9 years old, the driver's seat is sagging a bit, but I've stuffed some foam underneath, which has remedied things for now.
In terms of mileage, I get an honest 40 mpg, traveling 120 km/hr.
Would I get another of the SW series? No, because of the seats (more complaints from others than me) Would I get another Saturn? I'd feel quite confident owning another one.
I'd feel confident taking this car across country at the drop of a hat.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th June, 2004