1997 SW

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1997 Saturn SW

$2,887 - $3,803  MSRP Range
1997 Saturn SW

Review Score

4.0 out of 5 stars

4.0

1 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3 out of 5 stars Comfort
5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
5 out of 5 stars Reliability
3 out of 5 stars Performance
4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Not fancy but a hard worker and cheap too

by Mechanical Engineer from Northern Vermont on Thu 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 - appearance What I didn't like: - noisy, rattly (especially toward the end) - instrument cluster visibility (steering wheel blocked part of speedometer) - oil filter nearly inaccessible

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Our Take on the 1997 Saturn SW

To paraphrase a well-known quotation of Mark Twain, "News of the death of the small station wagon is highly overrated."

Indeed, the small station wagon is alive and well in the form of the 1997 Saturn SW1 and upscale SW2 models. A derivative of the Saturn SL sedans, these station wagons offer versatility plus fun-to-drive characteristics at an affordable price.

An SW1 runs a touch more than $12,000 for a base price, with the SW2 an additional $900. Then, you can tack on about another $400 for freight.

Optional items such as upgraded stereo, air, cruise, power sunroof and leather will add to the final cost.

This forms the basis for a clever, five-door vehicle whose rearward design parameters are... Read More