I purchased my SW2 planning to haul
small loads in the back, and it fit the
bill nicely. Very few problems with the
car, and those were minor. Overall the
TCO has been low, and I plan to get
several more years out of it.
Maintenance costs have been low too,
especially since there's no timing belt
to replace and the exhaust is stainless
Very low maintenance costs and
reliability has saved me lots of money.
Cargo net in the back makes it easy to
haul small items without them rolling
The horsepower to MPG ratio could be a
little better, but really it performs as
Timing chain broke at 30,000 miles.
Head replaced at 30,000 miles.
weather stripping replaced.
door handles replaced.
seat belt replaced.
Front wheel bearing replaced.
Cylinder head replaced again at 90K.
Buy a Toyota like I wish I had done!
The unreliability of the car has soured
me so much that I can't say anything
nice about it. It is the only car I
have ever owned that I pray a deer will
jump in front of!
Maybe put a Toyota or Honda engine in.
But then, just buy a Toyota in the
first place and save the aggrevation.
My Saturn SL2 has had many problems
over the 4 years that I have owned it.
It has stranded me 2 times, luckily in
safe neighborhoods. The plastic parts
on the interior and exterior are eaisly
broken (dome light has broken twice,
misc lights on car have fallen out due
to broken plastic, knobs, consoles,
dash, etc have all broken). The A/C
has broken 3 times, all for different
reasons. All 4 power windows have
broken at different times. The Saturn
dealerships are just like any other
when it comes to repairs: you bought
it, now its your problem, not ours.
On the other hand, I've owned several
foreign vehicles and had very few
My favorite feature is the dent-
resistant paneling, which keeps the
exterior looking new, even after 4
Saturn should use higher quality parts
in their vehicles.
The car, except for the leaky interior
and poor gas mileage, isn't so bad. At
least not since I had to hire a lawyer
to get Saturn to honor their warranty
when the transmission went bad. I've
been to 4 dealerships in 3 states and
one had worse service than another.
Calling the corporate office was a
nightmare. The car would roll backwards
when on the slightest incline, although
it was in drive [it's an automatic] and
they tried to convince me that's the
way it's supposed to work.
I will never buy a Saturn again.
The rumor of good gas mileage is
unfounded. I have never gotten good
mileage from this car. Every other car
I've driven I've been able to obtain
higher than listed gas mileage. Bye
sunroof, except when it leaks. It can
be comfortable as long as you're not in
it for a long trip.
Interior needs to make sense. The cup
holders are all akwardly placed.
I bought my car around Feb. '01 because
it was sporty looking. I wanted to get
rid of it by that summer. Good gas
mileage, terrible get up & go,
uncomfortable, and depressing resale
value for the options on it. Around
55,000 miles I had to have $1300 worth
of work done to it (none of with was my
fault). I will never ever buy another
Saturn in my life.
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