2nd Generation (1997—1997) SW1 Problems

This generations ranks 8th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the exterior (33%), electrical (33%), and the engine (33%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Vibration From Engine 1 complaints at an average of 80,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SW1.
  2. Faulty Windshield Wiper Motor 1 complaints at an average of 120,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SW1.
  3. Rear Washer Pump Stopped Working 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SW1.

What SW1 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Saturn model years.

Watch out for the 1997 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1997 3 0 0 0.42

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