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1998 Saturn SW SW2 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance80100 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Rocky

Summary:

A high-value, low maintenance vehicle.

Faults:

Exhaust system had to be replaced at 20,000 miles (under warranty).

Had to get a torque mount adjustment ($150) at 70,000.

General Comments:

We have been more than satisfied with this little car. It has plenty of pick up with the Twin Cam engine. We've only had one major repair, and it was under warranty. Other than than that we've only done routine maintenance. Even the tires have lasted 80,000 miles. I'm going to get them changed soon, but the tire salesman said he's never seen original tires with this many miles on them. Plus I'm still getting 36 MPG highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2003

6th Jan 2005, 22:13

I can top the 80,000 mile tire life. I had a 1994 Saturn SL that went 108,000 on its first set of Firestones, and they still had an acceptable amount of tread. The second set went 70,000 and the third only lasted a few thousand more until the car was totaled. I miss my little gold Saturn.

11th Aug 2007, 23:05

We purchased one used with 38K on it; it now has 80K miles (August 2007). I am disappointed in the amount of repairs it has needed.

The passengers side rear window no longer works (some arm inside the door has come off).

The transmission (automatic) needed repair - $600.

The master cylinder had to be replaced ($75 without labor). One caliper dragged and had to be replaced.

By comparison I drive a 1995 Subaru Legacy wagon with 100,000 MORE miles and this never needs work except for an alternator ($105) during the same time period.

Tires are expensive - about twice what the ones for the Subaru cost due to being quite wide.

The low ground clearance combined with the automatic transmission make it disappointing in snow despite front wheel drive.

The plastic body work is great!!

Good gas mileage on the highway (30 mpg) for an automatic station wagon.

The car is most pleasant to drive for my wife and has a nice interior and perhaps the most well written owners manual I have ever seen!

1998 Saturn SW SW2 1.9L DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.9L DOHC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Horizon

Summary:

Versatile alternative to an import

Faults:

One power window regulator failed.

The rear wiper has intermittent problem where it doesn't always come on.

The interior light doesn't always work properly.

Has developed an oil leak that is either the oil pan (best case) or rear main seal (worst case).

General Comments:

Our SW2 is a nice car that has the usual domestic car fit and finish problems. It shows its GM stripes.

For $16K, it came well equipped. It has been good value thus far.

Good handling. Good 5 speed. Good power from the 4-cylinder engine. Plastic body panels are wonderful in the city. Fear shopping carts no more.

Holds a bunch. Versatile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2001

1998 Saturn SW SW2 1.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance54000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Axxess

Summary:

Solid feeling car with not a lot of power

Faults:

Radio antenna repeatedly comes loose. Quick fix to reach under the dash to re-connect, though.

After about 40000km, the car started to choke when engaging at low RPM's, but this condition has recently disappeared. The service techs indicated that this may have been due to loose connections with plugs or the distributor.

General Comments:

New baby means we'd prefer to have something that is a bit taller so that we can load car seats in & out more easily. Will probably trade in when the lease is up. Otherwise, we've generally been happy with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th January, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews