1998 Saturn SW2 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Saturn SW2

1998 Saturn SW2 Problems

Contamination of extended life coolant
Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.
Stalling/Charge Light Illumination Due to Failed Alternator

The alternator may fail causing the charge light to illuminate. Driving with this condition will eventually cause the engine to stall due to low system voltage.

Timing Chain May Come Into Contact With Timing Cover and Make Noise

The timing chain may come into contact with the timing cover, causing noise in the engine. Replacement of worn timing chain components will be necessary to correct this concern.

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1998 Saturn SW2 Questions

what could cause the engine to 'explode''? (1 answer)

Don't know jack about cars so please bare with me, also not positive on the engine being DOHC or SOHC
92k miles and recently put in oil and coolant
temp gauge not even to half way point.

I was driving on the HWY up a slight hill and noticed a major clanking/scrapping sound from the ste...

My car won't crank. Has plenty of power. Any thoughts? (1 answer)

I have a question about my cooling system. (1 answer)

I have a 1998 Saturn SW2, 184000 miles. In the summer, the car will overheat in 5-10 minutes sitting in traffic once the engine is warmed up. Usually the gauge hangs around the 1/4 temp level. It uses a little coolant but there isn't a leak. Also, the oil isn't discolored. The cooling fan...

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1998 Saturn SW2 Reviews

Bought it new, the only thing I ever did up to 234,000 miles was replace the starter, water pump, fuel pump, front rotors, that's it! (other than tires, plugs, wires, and front brake pads) At 234,000 miles it would smoke when coasting down hill in gear and then hitting the gas at the bottom of the hill. The car was still running great but I swapped the motor for a used one at this time. Als...
Probably the best car I've ever owned. So far, necessary repairs have been brakes, batteries, an oil pump and a radiator. Being a former SCCA driver, this car has been opened up from it's original 124hp to 145. Suspension has been reworked and I run nitrogen in the 205/60/15 tires. It's been across the country & back several times. I never worry about it breaking. Auto trans and engine get 100...

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