Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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Not fancy but a hard worker and cheap too
by Mechanical Engineer from Northern Vermont | May 31, 2007
Bought my SW2 from a Saturn dealer in 1999 with 62,000 miles. Just gave it up in 2007 at 193,000 miles. Extremely economical and reliable. Parts replaced in 8 years: muffler, horn, ignition coil, brake rotors, rear swaybar links. That's all! Average 32 MPG on country roads (5 speed), hit 40 MPG once on a long highway run.
Adequate power, but you could tell by the response when you had a passenger. Towed a 950 pound boat reasonably well.
If they were still made I would have very seriously considered buying a new one.
What I liked:
- cost of ownership
What I didn't like:
- noisy, rattly (especially toward the end)
- instrument cluster visibility (steering wheel blocked part of speedometer)
- oil filter nearly inaccessible