I have had every car from Hondas to Corvettes and The Saturn SC-2 is jammed packed with alot of performance for a 1.9 ltr. I have taken this car to the limit from straight on runs and throught the twisties and this car performs like a champ!
It will take out most V6 camaros and V6 Mustangs of the same era like there standing still in a drag race, and from about 70 to 100 mph it will leave another newer tech car in its class in the dust. With a little tweeking such as a decent performance muffler and a simple added Performance chip, a K&N cold air intake or any other, it really gives this car some serious power for a car in its class. + 90 degree angle corners without a squeel from the tires
Straight line power, Handling is fantasic, it never breaks down, 30 MPG all day long.. You cant go Wrong..
They took the time to put a factory Header on the car and then they unfortunatley used a 1 7/8 " exaust to a cheapy muffer.. All that it needed to give it an extra 5 tenths of a second "1 tenth is about 1 cars length in the quarter mile" was just give it a performance muffler and a cold air intake so that this car can breath.. then you have a serious little sports car on your hands..
O.K., so this Saturn isn't exactly like yours - with a threaded adjustable coil- over suspension, beefed up shocks/struts/sway bars/cross- braces/bushings/etc., racing seats, 5- pt harnesses, header, exhaust, and on and on. However, it just demonstrates that Saturn started out making a very solid little car with a lot of torque and a stiff suspension. 15 years later, it's still a dynamic little race car. It won the 2000 Solo Nationals in E Stock, and it's in development now in Street Touring. It's no Honda Civic, but no Honda Civic ever had 121lbft of torque at 4800 RPM.
Have I not mentioned the torque? You just won't expect it when it happens. Open up the air intake and the exhaust, and it really comes to life. It's going to cost you in tires though, if you do (unless, of course, you upgrade the suspension too).
Well, the SC is long-gone. It was already dead when they put the 3rd door in it. However, dual control arms in font would have been nice. So would the option for rear disc brakes without also getting ABS in the deal (Saturn ABS is sub-par). BRING IT BACK, BABY!
My saturn SC has been very reliable. it
has 135K and I have only needed to
replace parts that wear with time and
miles - ie. struts, alternator, &
brakes. for what it is worth, has been
very reliable. it is also a fairly
peppy car for under $2000. i would
recommend the Saturn SC highly.
the preformance button - switching from
normal engine setting into a red-lining
better build quality. the car is 12
years old so things are coming apart.
ceiling fabric coming down, gas door
won't close, and windshield washer
sprayers don't function well.