by dustingalb on Mar 15, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SC2 2dr Coupe
This was the best vehicle ive had so far. Only minor repairs to it, and its 14 years old now and still driving it. has some seatbelt issues, but its fun to drive. It lacks some acceleration but what 1997 vehcile isnt ha.
by xeroxalto on Dec 22, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan
I really love my Saturn. This is my second and I bought it for the fuel mileage.
I bought it at 160k for $1500 and did not problems with it until 180k when the motor lost power. The mechanic said it was probably because the timing belt was not replaced as he had seen that before. I very sadly sold if for $500 and the man who bought it put another motor in it and sold it back to me for $2500.
We're at 205k now. A few tanks ago I took it on a 800 mile trip and I got 40.5 mpg highway so I can't complain. About 33-34mpg around town more if your paying attention to mileage. Besides the motor I haven't had to do much to it. It uses oil but that's what Saturns do. Just keep at it. ; )
by hard2convince on Sep 17, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan
I bought my 1997 SL new, and drove it for 181,000 miles. For 14 years, this car was near-perfect, with some minor repairs I would add up to wear & tear.
Mostly was just change the oil and keep on going.
It's still going for the new owner.
Alas, I miss my SL.
So, a couple problems I had were that the shifter cable assembly broke twice, at about 90K miles each.
The original clutch went for 160K.
Minor annoyances were that the light for the radio and the oil warning light didn't work, so had to check my oil regularly.
Used alot of oil. Mechanics said it didn't burn oil or leak, just "consumed" it.
Coupes get a new look inside and out for 1997. No longer stubby in appearance, all coupes adopt the longer wheelbase used by the sedans and wagons, as well as their softer, rounder styling cues. The SC1 and SC2 are now virtually identical in appearance (the SC2's body-color door handles being one of the few differences); both have exposed headlamps and standard daytime running lights. In other news, all models pick up a low-fuel indicator light and can be equipped with a single in-dash CD player. And Saturn has again taken measures to reduce engine noise and vibration.