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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe

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Saturn S-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 100 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Saturn S-Series

  • Few cars on the market go 11 years without a major redesign -- the S-Series shows us why.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Advanced airbag system, dealer sales and service experience, composite dent- and rust-resistant body panels.

  • Cons

    Poor seating position and comfort, flimsy interior materials, questionable build quality.

  • What's New for 2002

    New aluminum 15-inch wheels and four new exterior colors are the only notable changes for 2002.

Full 2002 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 2002

New aluminum 15-inch wheels and four new exterior colors are the only notable changes for 2002.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I love this car!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my 02 SC2 3 years ago and it only had 60,000 miles on it. I love the way it looks, sporty with an attitude, it definitely cannot be mistaken for any other vehicle from any angle, which is a huge plus in my book. I used my car for commuting over 500 miles a week for almost 2 years. I also am very hard on my cars, I have a bit of a lead foot. Now I use him to travel all over U.S. for my job, he now has over 133,000 miles on him but I do take care of him, with regular oil changes and tune ups. But this car has not cost me any more than that, I did put tires, but that's normal. My father, who owns a auto shop, told me to buy a Saturn. It was best choice I ever made!




The little car that can!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

Bought this back in 2004, with 23 thousand miles on it, just to get me by, thinking it was a piece of crap car. Here we are 10 years later! Little did I know this Saturn would be such a good friend, turn the key, and she goes, with all scheduled maintenance, beyond reliable, easy on gas. This is the 1st year I've had to put a good amount of money in repairs, but Maine roads are not forgiving on any car. 12 yrs old, with 109,000 miles, I'll see how far she wants to take me! I detailed it after this long winter, she's shining like a new penny, I'm in love all over again! Always been a fun little car to drive.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great little commuter

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my Saturn SC with 60,000 miles on the clock. 1 year and 15,000 miles later there has been absolutely no issues. Its solid and reliable with great fuel economy and decent acceleration. Its abit low for my taste but i absolutely recommend the saturn s-series after my year of ownership.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I love this thing

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SC1 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car in in 2008 and have been driving it so much and I just can't complain. It's not a fancy car but it's super reliable. Manual tranmission is fun to drive if you know how to drive and when you realize how much it saves you. I have taught about 10 people how to drive manual transmission on this very car. A lot of them weren't gentle on it and yet it just won't break down. I currently have 130k miles on it and it just keeps on going. The only thing I've been doing for it is change of oil and I did change tires.




Why are cars built so

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SC1 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

I can't remember the last car I owned that I liked and was actually reliable. I bought a used Saturn 4 months ago, cheap. I thought it would pass inspection, but it was "as is" - not blaming the seller. The service engine light came on and I thought it was the gas cap, because the light went out after I got gas. After a short time, the car began idling high and then down when I came to a stop, then it finally stalled in traffic. But first, the key in the ignition problem..it wouldn't turn without jiggling it. Well, that was solved when I went to Saturn and had a new key made. As for the rest of it, new spark plugs, wires, etc. didn't fix the idle. It's getting a new intake manifold gasket.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I just had deja vu

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

My folks bought me a SC-2 as a 'go away to college' gift, and she lasted me a great 6 years, until i totalled her dec of 2008.Honestly the best car ive ever owned, driven, etc.She kept me safe during my accident,took me to and from college(500 miles each way),and brought me from teen to adult.I havent been able to find another, until today, which i plan on purchasing because life has been miserable without my 'baby'.Safe,Sporty,Cute,Reliable&all over fantastic car.Esp. the '02 model,they are so hard to find now since 02 was the last year they made them.Nothing else compares!



Talk About The 2002 S-Series

2002 Saturn S-Series Discussions See all Started By

moparmania
moparmania
12-13-2006
I have a 2002 SL1 and keep getting the p0101 code (misfire on cyl 1 and code p0507 idle high for engine situation). I changed the plugs to platnium and new plug wires, also, swapped the coils. I chec?...


timc1
timc1
02-16-2000
My understanding is that Saturn will use the new GM delta platform for the S series in 2002, but will retain the 1.9 liter engine. Has anyone else heard this?...


dindak
dindak
01-06-2004
Ya, I have to admit, if I was buying this year I would wait for the Cobalt. Saturn needs to do something. Sales were flat from the S-series in 2002 which is not good for a new model....



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