1997 Saturn SW SW2 1.7 from North America
Not bad, not great
On third battery at 50,000 miles.
Front rotors failed at 50,000 miles.
Front bearings replaced at 45,000 miles.
This car was the top-of-the-line model in 1997, but never felt like much more than basic transportation. My wife's bottom-of-the-line '99 Volvo S70 wagon bought used for only a few thousand dollars more than the Saturn is far, far nicer in every department and about the same cost to operate and repair.
One thing in the Saturn's favor: the combined anti-lock brakes and traction control system DOES work well in our horrible upstate NY winter weather. I'd never, ever buy another car without this feature.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th September, 2003
1st Feb 2006, 12:07
Bought a 97 SW2 with 50000 miles.
Replaced the oxygen sensors which were expensive.
Since then have 115000 miles with excellent mileage on mixed highway/suburban driving; usually 33 mpg. Have only replaced the usual maintenance stuff- brakes, oil. I hate maintaining cars so I'd give this a "B" rating. The highway ride is better than the other cheap cars I've had, but I can't compare it to say, a Volvo, which I could never buy.