1997 SC

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1997 Saturn SC

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4.2 out of 5 stars

4.2

6 Reviews
1997 Saturn SC
4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4.2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling
3.8 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4.5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsReliability
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4 out of 5 stars

Pretty Decent

by powerguy from Loganville, WI on November 27, 2008

I bought this car fairly recently and have put 15,000 miles on it. I would definetly recommend the SC2 for performance as the 30hp over the SC1 is very noticable and with the 2 you still get 35mpg. The car has performance and normal shift modes via a switch. The performance mode I prefer much more as the shifts are quick not dragged out thus the transmission will last longer and I only notice a 1-2mpg difference vs. the normal mode. The handling is pretty good for an entry level sports type car, I find it to soft, but I'm sure others who like a more luxious ride will find it too stiff. The Cloth seats I find are more comfortable then the leather. The car is made for smaller people being 6 foot I have about an inch of head clearance but lots of foot room and average room for the rest of me. All the gauges are easy to read and are easy to understand and operate, even though I don't like the white lighting on the gauges and changed them to blue. The stereo is sub par but the speakers are better than some I've experienced in cars that cost twice as much as this. The cd player died after my third use and had to buy aftermarket which really utilizes the great speakers. The rear seats fold down which makes hauling larger items easier and it has a very large trunk for a car its size. The reliability seems to be pretty good and so far I've spent $150 on parts and did the labor myself and fixed everything that was wrong with this car. The body panels are plastic so no need to worry about rust or dents. Typical things that go wrong with this car are failure of the ignition switch, failure of the door switches, failure of the stereo head unit, failure of the window motors. Also uncommon but something to watch for is failure of the cylinder head gasket on the engine and the sensors, especially the crank sensor, throttle sensor and oxygen sensor. Also if equipted with traction control or sunroof both can be expensive to repair and would recommend finding one with neither to avoid headaches. Overall I think it is a pretty decent inexpensive car. It has really good economy with a larger engine then its competitors and more power with the SC2. It also has pretty good reliability and general repairs are inexpensive. Overall I think it is a great car for a first time smaller driver. The

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Just enough torque plenty mpg's

by Spider77 from los Angeles on November 23, 2007

the first Saturn i bought was at an auction. it was a 1994 Sl1. It had over 150,000 mi on it. At this particular auction the entrance to the freeway was right across the street upon exiting from the parking lot. once i got on the freeway this car had me. The economy power were all there. easy to work on if i ever had to. then came the day i got hit by a 2001 dodge ram @ About 50 miles per hour. i was surprised that my saturn could drive. right after the collision. And i did. as where the rams suspention. Just fell apart. the moral of the story is saturn cars have great crash test ratings. Oh, i should mention, every one in the car walked away without injury and all that junk. So now i own a SC1. It gets ALOT less parking lot dents that the1995 toyota camry i used to own, and i couldnt be happier.

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Mark Martin

by Mark Martin from Hephzibah Ga.30815 on June 9, 2006

I just bought this car,and can say that it has alot of style and punch.So far it has giving me great gas mileage as long as you dont get on it to hard.The sun roof is stuck but it still looks nice at night{looking at stars}.Give me a month or two and i will let you know more.Safe driving,and God Bless.MM 06,09,2006

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

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4 out of 5 stars

Good, Practical Vehicle

by Gwats from Denver CO on July 21, 2006

This is a workhorse truck and a good alternative to a full size 8 cylinder van. The vehicle has a high profile, and a 36 gallon tank. The 4.3 litre V6 is based on Chevy's perennial 350, minus the last two cylinders. Many models have full time AWD, which makes the vehicle easier to control on wet or icy roads.

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

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5 out of 5 stars

Best First Car I Could Ask For

by Lucien1134 on October 23, 2017

I loved my Saturn. It took me from College back to home without any issues in the 6 years that I have had it. Replacement parts were always really cheap and easy to fix!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
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4 out of 5 stars

Saturn SC2 is riders little brother

by Cartradernj.com from Passaic, NJ on May 31, 2018

This car is very reliable very affordable to fix it has great features like sunroof power door locks power windows right side power mirror bucket seats alloy rims and gets great gas mileage over 30. The engines on these cars with a little maintenance can go over 200,000 miles with no issues as I had a few of them. I would upgrade the cars suspension and the car be perfect.

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

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