A 1996 Saturn SW2 was my first car, I bought it at a cheap price with 139,000 miles on it. I put about 30,000 more miles on it in 3 years. The only major issue with the car was an oil leak that I knew had to be repaired when I bought it. Other than that, it was routine maintenance and minor repairs.
When the heater coil broke, the car was pretty close to 170,000 miles and the price to fix it was nearly the price of the car itself, so I sadly had to say goodbye.
Overall, the car was EXTREMELY reliable and the gas mileage was great. I drove it to and from college (over 100 miles away) with no problems. I'd buy the car again if I could. Definitely well worth what I paid!
26mpg city/30mpg highway
Good in the snow for a little car
Easy to drive
Extra space in the back was convenient
Car was low to the ground and many found it hard to get out of (You get used to it).
I love this car! I resisted buying an American car, but this baby has blown my mind. With the plastic panel sides, she still looks amazing in Vermont which has a knack for eating cars from the inside out.These cars come with ABS and Traction Control which was amazing in the snow. Now as I look for a new car I'm really wishing that i can just get another SW1 Or maybe Sw2 which has a bit more power. Can fit an adult size bike in the back without taking the front wheel off. I could stand a little more power but what can you do!I currently have 204,688 miles on it, and I bought it at 91,000 after much trepidation and many hours of research I went for it and couldn't be more pleased!
Traction Control, ABS, daytime running lights. Being able to find it right away in a parking lot full of Subarus!
Great gas mileage also!
I have140,000 miles on it. I have driven to Texas from California two times. The only problem I've had is the service engine light turns on when I use the air conditioner. It won't turn off until I shut the car off 3-5 times. First it was the neutral sensor and the transmission sensor. I am slill dedecated to the big three.
The vehicle is cute and runs strong. It also has a performance intake from K&N. Picked up a few HP from that system.
Let's get those sensors fixed please. This car is better than my 85 Toyota/ Nova. It died at 150000. This is running strong at 140,000.
We needed a four door car once our son
was born. We got our '96 (two years
older than our
trade in vehicle) with 83K and have now
the car for about six months and have
put 10K trouble free miles on it.
The car is great to drive, with
excellent handling, decent
acceleration, and good brakes, and it's
economical. I have a
few complaints. The blower is noisy on
high, there's a few creaks and rattles.
The transmission was shifting harshly,
so I serviced the transmission, and it
seems to shift well now. The A/C isn't
quite as good as our old Escort.
Dent resistant body is the greatest
feature! I love the center mounted
Excellent handling and brakes.
The turn signal stalk takes a bit too
much effort to turn off, sometimes
turning on the other side in the
Better paint finish would be great, I
have to polish and wax my car every
month to keep it looking good.
Horrible car!! The engine is burning oil
excessively - leak gasket. The engine
needs to be replaced at 68K miles after
meticulous care of the car. We are very
disappointed in our first attempt to
purchase Saturn. The dealership folks
would not comment...said maybe we drove
it hard. They are talking to two
electrical engineers who has been
meticulous with routine maintenance and
babying the car.
I would not recommend Saturn for