2nd Generation (1997—1999) SW2 Problems

This generations ranks 6th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (75%), electrical (25%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Diagnostic Code Po117 and Po125 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1998 Saturn SW2.
  2. Smoking Engine 1 complaints at an average of 120,000 miles in the 1999 Saturn SW2.
  3. ABS Light Coming on and Losing Power 1 complaints at an average of 140,000 miles in the 1999 Saturn SW2.

What SW2 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 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 3 0 0 0.73
1998 1 0 0 0.35
1997 0 0 0 0.0

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