This car has very good reliability. I bought it used from Saturn, and I'm very happy with it. It's great for putting big things in the back. Its very rare to find one that has low mileage and is close to your area. The car is great in reliability and has great build quality. I would definitely recommend the SW2 to anybody. Overall I am very pleased with it.
Cupholders, comfort, keyless entry. Reliability and build quality. Stainless steel exhaust, and a hatch to fit big items.
Great car as a commuter vehicle. Gas mileage is around 26. Would not recommend for long halls. Wish it had more power. Had to replace the exhaust resonator twice in this car. Was told it was a wear out item and not covered by the extended warranty. Poor power window mechanisms.
Center console and gauge cluster. Very easy to read and use. Split rear folding seats.
Brake system... had to replace brakes 3 times already. Cup holders hard to use with larger drinks with automatic transmission shifter. Power window mechanics design.
I bought my Saturn SL1 new in 1998. I have driven it in FL, Puerto Rico (big no for cars), CA and VA. Drove cross country from CA to VA and was far more reliable than my 2003 MPV. Not a show stopper, but it's reliable and economic. Great vehicle for new drivers. Not too much power. No problems for the last 6.5 years, only maintenace (oil, brakes)
Value and reliability
Use after market brakes. OEM brakes tend to wear out quicker.
Nice car overall. The 5 speed is definitely the way to go w/SOHC engine. Very quick thru gears 1-3 and the transmission is very tolerant of many driving styles. Excellent car for teaching new drivers to use a manual transmission. Check Engine light does come on when spark plugs get old/used. Replace with standard Wal-Mart Autolites, drive for a few miles and the light should go away for another 30k miles. Dealer will insist on changing out plugs, wires and ignition control module ($500) dont spend it until replacing just the plugs. Dash is clear and easy to read/controls are generally well laid out and logical. Visibility is excellent. Visibility is excellent. Simple engine layout makes for easy maintenance.
Firm and precise steering makes driving pleasant. Quick acceleration and good brakes make it a good first car choice. Gets 38 MPG in combined driving. Car has 75k miles and is very reliable. Polymer doors and fenders make tight parking spots a no worry for dings. Very easy to wash and maintain.
Seating position is low. Seats need to be height adjustable. Can get noisy at high speed and high winds will make it sway. Tires are too narrow with more than 2 people aboard. Larger tires. If the brake pedal light switch is not adjusted properly the brakes will engage prematurely and drag.
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.