2000 Saturn SC

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Key Specs

of the 2000 Saturn SC. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Coupe
  • Combined MPG:
    32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    124-hp, 1.9-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
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2000 Saturn SC Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Saturn's coupe returns with its unique three-door configuration and several interior revisions. The coupe comes in SC1 and SC2 models and is now listed as part of the S-Series family that includes subcompact sedans and wagons. Saturn's new midsize sedan and wagon are called the L Series. While the S-Series sedan and wagon get new lower-body styling this fall, the coupe's facelift won't arrive until January, when the 2001 models are scheduled to debut.

Interior
Rear-seat room is noticeably smaller in the coupe than the S-Series sedan, though Saturn's coupes have more space in back than some other sporty two-door cars. Among the interior changes this year are a new instrument cluster, center console, and audio and climate controls. The horn is now on the steering-wheel hub instead of the spokes, and cruise control buttons are on the hub instead of the spokes.

Exterior
Saturn, which calls itself "a different kind of car company," lived up to that slogan last fall when it added a standard third door to the SC1 and SC2, an industry first. Called the rear-access door, it is on the driver's side and swings opens to the rear. The driver's door has to be opened first, and an integrated design makes it nearly unnoticeable when it is closed. Like other Saturns, the coupes use polymer lower body panels and steel for the hood, trunk and roof.

Under the Hood
Saturn's coupe uses the same engines as other S-Series models. The SC1 has the 100...
Vehicle Overview
Saturn's coupe returns with its unique three-door configuration and several interior revisions. The coupe comes in SC1 and SC2 models and is now listed as part of the S-Series family that includes subcompact sedans and wagons. Saturn's new midsize sedan and wagon are called the L Series. While the S-Series sedan and wagon get new lower-body styling this fall, the coupe's facelift won't arrive until January, when the 2001 models are scheduled to debut.

Interior
Rear-seat room is noticeably smaller in the coupe than the S-Series sedan, though Saturn's coupes have more space in back than some other sporty two-door cars. Among the interior changes this year are a new instrument cluster, center console, and audio and climate controls. The horn is now on the steering-wheel hub instead of the spokes, and cruise control buttons are on the hub instead of the spokes.

Exterior
Saturn, which calls itself "a different kind of car company," lived up to that slogan last fall when it added a standard third door to the SC1 and SC2, an industry first. Called the rear-access door, it is on the driver's side and swings opens to the rear. The driver's door has to be opened first, and an integrated design makes it nearly unnoticeable when it is closed. Like other Saturns, the coupes use polymer lower body panels and steel for the hood, trunk and roof.

Under the Hood
Saturn's coupe uses the same engines as other S-Series models. The SC1 has the 100-horsepower, single-camshaft 1.9-liter four-cylinder, and the SC2 uses the dual-camshaft version with 124 horsepower. Manual and automatic transmissions are available with both. Anti-lock brakes with traction control are optional on both models.

Performance
Small coupes are impractical for many because their rear seats are too small or hard to get to. Saturn's rear-access door is a clever innovation that adds utility without compromising the styling.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(3.2)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Defining Mediocrity

by JohnnytheK from Wayne, PA on June 23, 2017

I purchased this vehicle almost new in 2000 for a greatly reduced price thanks to the fact that the previous owner drove it only a few hundred miles before realizing she couldn't make the modest ... Read full review

(5.0)

Exactly what I wanted

by Judie from Croswell MI on May 21, 2017

This is the car I was looking for + low miles. It took a while, but I found it at Arko Sales in Ohio, a four hour drive for me. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2000 Saturn SC currently has 2 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SC received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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