1997 Saturn SW from North America
Great beginner car
The exterior of the car is poorly made with cheap plastic. A shopping cart bump chipped much of the rear bumper paint off.
Like many of the cheaper cars built in this era, the hubcaps are very much an eyesore. They too also chip easily.
The speakers are very poor quality. I would appreciate more than 4 speakers, 2 of which are on the rear door, which doesn't make too much sense, unless you have it open when you are camping for that reason. A pair of tweeters would be nice.
The frame of the car is very loose. I am not pushing the car to see its performance, but I can feel the windows vibrate and the doors shake. This comes with age of the vehicle at some point, earlier for the more affordable cars.
The engine cannot handle a car full of average sized people. It feels like there is no power. You must hit the higher RPM's, especially when getting onto the highway. Very hazardous.
Never had a problem with heater or the A/C like I did in my previous car, a '94 Chevy Cavalier. Very lightweight, considering the model.
Great gas mileage, even though it has a smaller than average gas tank, about 12 gallons.
I have taken minimal maintenance on this car. I have done the essentials, like change the oil.
Never broken down on me. I have had the original fan belt on it and I will most likely change it at 100,000 miles.
Very practical car. Great for the purpose intended, transportation. I am a little upset that there are only 4 seats, but the cargo room makes up for that.
Rear windshield wiper is always great to have.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th February, 2010