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Old 01-24-2016, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Got my first Saturn the other day

I needed to replace my rusted out '79 Toyota Corona, and found a good a '97 SW2 with 161,000 miles for $1,200. Runs great, and gets at least 35mpg.

Since I noticed that lots of mid 1990's Saturns are still on the road, I figured that they must be decent cars.

Time will tell with this one.
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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Congratz on the new ride! I think you made a great choice, but I'm biased

I say that because i looked at roughly 50 or 60 cars in the under $3000 range, both private party and dealers before buying my first 113k mile 1999 sl1 saturn for $1800 out the door at a dealer who only sells the s-series as far as "cheap" cars go. He mostly sells used chevy trucks and new trailers. This one-man-show dealer i bought mine from introduced me to saturns and sells them because he is a fan as well. That all happened about a month ago.

Long story short, that car got totaled last week and i didnt hesitate to buy another s-series. I picked up a 170k mile 1997 sl1 from a private party for a grand. I bought a compression tester and all cylinders are around 195psi. I'd say another 100k miles is very doable on that engine. If not, i have a spare, low mile engine

Rambling aside, these cars are very underrated by the general public. They are incredibly easy to work on, cheap to fix, cheap to maintain, cheap on insurance, give a good driving experience, don't rust in a traditional way, and get 35+mpg all day. Also, no door dings! My truck is all dinged up from inconsiderate people in parking lots, but these saturns are nearly immune, due to the plastic panels.

They aren't fast, they aren't particularly good looking IMO, and they aren't fancy, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better driving, more reliable commuter in this price range. If i needed another car, i wouldn't hesitate to buy another s-series saturn. I helped my kid cousin buy one and am now looking for one for my little brother.

Don't forget to check your oil! Oil consumption is the bane of s-series saturns.
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Welcome 97sw2guy; is it stick or automatic?
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Welcome! I wish you all the good luck I have had with my dark green 1997 SW2. You'll love the wagon when you find the need to haul crap somewhere.

First things First and read this...

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=177672

I have don a few fixes to mine over the last 4 years.

1) Upper engine mount (Auto Zone unit first and then a Genuine GM part-lesson learned)

2) lower engine mount (a B 1 t c ll ) and passenger side doggone mount

3) valve cover gasket - oil leak seepage fixed

4) thermostat replace, water pump, radiator replace

5) ECTS and front Oxygen sensor

Just turned over 162,000 miles and I love the car.

My Best advice - Use Walmart Super Tech 5w-30 Full Synthetic oil and change it every 3,000 - 5,000 miles and check your oil level every time you fill up.
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Welcome!
I had the same exact thoughts you did when I picked up my first Saturn around 7 years ago - seems to be a decent car, time will tell
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Since I noticed that lots of mid 1990's Saturns are still on the road, I figured that they must be decent cars.

Time will tell with this one.
Heh, that's a funny thing. You don't really notice them until you own one, then you see them all over the place

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Welcome 97sw2guy; is it stick or automatic?
Automatic.
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:28 PM   #7
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Welcome to SaturnFans!

If it is an automatic, do make sure that the fluid is clean/pink in color, along with a fresh filter.

If your having any reverse slam issues, make sure to swap the valve body for one with updated hardware, along with a new input shaft nut/output shaft nut.

Everything you need in terms of information can be found here on this forum, or through videos posted up by Richpin.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:03 PM   #8
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About 3 years back I needed a cheap car and oddly enough I found one of these at an auction 2001 sc1 115000 miles . I had only 2 issues and one was resolved on here and replaced the egt sensor and what the hell I changed the thermostat. The other is being worked threw. still this little sucker is a good car.
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congrats on your new wheels. Our 2000 SL2 just hit 403,000km and going strong. Saturns are easy to work on, parts are interchangable, and cheap. Mine still has many of the original parts. This site is a wealth of knowledge.
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