When properly maintained, an excellent choice!
My 1996 Saturn SW2 has served me well for the price!
Some neglect on my part caused a problem with the alternator from oil leak (about 170,000). Be sure to make sure your mechanic uses the right oil filter for your Saturn, and do not allow them to use an engine cleaner in it! I am now back to using a minimal amount of oil.
Rear wiper no longer works, soldering joint problem in steering column, and power lock on rear drivers side door wore out (with a little help from a friend).
I have never replaced the O2 sensor, so my check engine light has been on for years, and I don't care. Still getting insanely great gas mileage, and still have been impressed by the reliability of the vehicle.
This vehicle has been dependable, economical, and handles well in various road conditions. It came with performance mode (stock shift kit) which came in handy on the highway. All in all, I liked the styling (though a little cheap) and performance of the car, and have driven it for 6 years. Love the high impact doors and panels!
No major repairs for 5 years, and the only parts of the interior that really bothered me were the dome lights and fuse cover. Would definitely buy another Saturn.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2007