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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Saturn SW1

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Saturn SW1 Problems

Brakes -- Verified

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

Drive Train -- Verified

An automatic transmission fluid leak may develop from the rubber section of a transmission cooler line. In some cases the rubber section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this type of leak.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The power steering hoses commonly leak fluid. Any leaking hoses should be replaced.

Saturn SW1 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 29, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES." SOME OF THE VEHICLES WERE PRODUCED WITH SEAT BELT SHOULDER GUIDE ANCHOR BOLTS THAT WERE NOT ADEQUATELY TIGHTENED AT THE CENTER PILLAR AND COULD FALL OUT, MAKING THE SEAT BELT INOPERATIVE.

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Body, Interior & Misc., March 13, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME FRONT SEAT BACK RECLINER GEAR TEETH MAY WEAR EXCESSIVELY THROUGH REPEATED USE, AND COULD CAUSE THE SEAT BACK TO SLIP PARTIALLY REARWARD WHEN FORCE IS APPLIED.

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Drive Train, October 27, 1994

Summary: THE AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE PARK LOCK CABLE ASSEMBLY WAS IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO SHIFT FROM THE "PARK" POSITION WITH THE IGNITION KEY REMOVED, OR REMOVE THE IGNITION KEY WITH THE SHIFT LEVER IN A POSITION OTHER THAN "PARK." THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS 114, "THEFT PROTECTION."

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Electrical & Lights, August 6, 1993

Summary: THE GENERATOR ELECTRICAL WIRING IS NOT PROTECTED AGAINST EXCESSIVE CURRENT FLOW WHICH MAY BE CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL SHORT CIRCUIT IN THE GENERATOR.

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Saturn SW1 Questions and Answers

dnb122796, 1995 Saturn SW1, 1.9L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Antrim, NH

bulbs n fuses are fine, what could be the problem and how to i fix it myself.

Smiley12, 1994 Saturn SW1, 1.9L 4 Cylinder SOHC, Milford, OH

After started, check engine light comes on and idles very low. Hum is heard. Diagnostic code 46 comes up under transmission codes. Shifts hard in reverse at times. Feels like its stuck in higher ge...

nestey, 1994 Saturn SW1, 1.9L 4 Cylinder SOHC, Ware, MA

lights come on, seatbelt activates but does not click or turn over. If I jump start it or roll it and pop start it, starts right up and I can shut it off and start right back up but then maybe the ...

nestey, 1994 Saturn SW1, 1.9L 4 Cylinder SOHC, Ware, MA

Driving down road just stalled all lights were on.Tried to start and just turns over. changed coil and wires that work on my old motor.

KIRBY3, 1993 Saturn SW1, 1.9L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Huntington Beach, CA

i have already changed the timing chain, tensioner, guides (tensioner),pcv valve,spark plugs and wires.It idles very rough and dies if sitting still in neutral.a friend said possibly a stuck lifter...

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Saturn SW1 Reviews

In 1999 a new from the factory, Saturn SW1 w/5 speed trans arrived in Orlando Florida. I always kept it serviced. It served me well as my dog Bisou and I traveled all around Florida and several apartment moves. The olny reason I sold it in 2009, was I was moving back to France and my best friend ever... needed a car after his wife died. He loves it and has driven it to Quebec Canada and back to Florida with only a winter battery and starter. Not that they were bad, but the cold weather made it necessary. He and I both would recommend a car like this. It still gets 28/38 mpg and he will drive it until the wheels fall off he said. Hey GM, want to be on top again? Make cars like this again PLEASE?

For a car that was made in America still holding up after 16 years and still giving me 36/44 MPG, nothing made since comes close to the 1993-1994 SW1, or SL series.

I guess when GM told Saturn to abandon this design model for 95 with more HP and useless addons, shows us just one more reason why GM failed.

Why the Chinese do not find a 93/94 SL1 and 93/94 SW1, copy ever nut and bold and put out a car that gets 36/44 is beyond me, since no American car company wants to admit they had it right all thoes years ago.

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