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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe

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Didn't expect much, was pleasantly surprised.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By The1who
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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 5M)


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This was my car in college. I thought I could get maybe three years out of it--I kept it for six. It wasn't fast, slick-looking or even very comfortable, bur it ran well when I needed it. I could always start it--even with a nearly dead battery in an icy Wisconsin winter. It wasn't very sporty, but the steering was responsive and fun. The acceleration with the manual was decent for a small engine and it sipped gas. The road noise was harsh at speed and the interior felt cheap, but the engine didn't sound hoarse and the controls were logically-placed. Parts for it were very cheap and easy to replace myself. I sometimes miss the simple, easy to fix Saturn.


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13 years on 2nd SC2. Good, but glitches
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Amanda
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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 5M)


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This was my 2nd Saturn sc2.
I have 14 years exp with these cars!
Fall in love with this cars acceleration, it has torque power that the Google search doesn't mention.
It reliably blew all V6 sports cars off the road in the 1/4 mile. This car will do 140mph, and goes to 60 in about 8 seconds!
The engine seized on me completely at 50k miles (8 years old), but that might have been due to negligence on my part. Replaced engine.
Everything else on the car kept going strong for 13 years, never even needed ac recharged.
Complaints electrically were most frequent, grounding, fuse and voltage issues were a regular problem. Electricity in general was a constant issue.
These cars handle like complete, tee-total #### on wet roads, there is no help, avoid driving in rain, no handling!!!
Safety is pretty good, 2 of mine were totaled by at-fault drivers in wrecks but nothing came into the interior. The airbags should have deployed but didn't.
The car is built solidly under its plastic exterior, its skeleton is built like a drag racer, it's reimbursed by solid steel rodding. Can't bust that.
You cannot bust the tranny on these either, they will go forever even with abuse.
All-together, a good, reliable, performance-ready, safe, nice car but with frequent glitches.
I would buy a 3rd one if they were still being made.


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Saturn Fan - Own 3 SC's
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By RPM
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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 5M)


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I own a 1995 SC2(180K Miles), a 2002 SC2(153K Miles) and a 2002 SC1(113K Miles). These are quite possibly the greatest economy cars ever built. These cars were so far ahead of their time, it's insane. Back when these cars came out in 1991, GM only had a piece of junk Iron Duke 2.5L 4-cylinder with throttle body injection in their other cars. Saturn was GM's answer to Honda and Toyota. The original Saturn(which were actually 100% Saturn and not made of other GM junk parts) SL's and SC's are just wonderful cars. They are easily the cheapest cars in the world to buy, maintain, drive and fuel. The only thing I have ever had to do to these cars is: You will have to replace a wheel bearing/hub assembly($35 on ebay) at around 135-150K and they will lose the plastic radiators at about 150K($50 on eBay). Other than that, they are 100% bulletproof reliable. All mine are 5-speeds. My 95 SC2 gets 35mpg on the highway. My 02 SC2 gets 36mpg on the highway and my 02 SC1 gets 40mpg on the highway. I highly recommend the 2001-02's for the updated styling and better, more rattle free interiors.


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I LOVE this car!!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By gmgirl33
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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)


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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!


Best Features

Love the 3rd door, most people don't even know its there. My most favorite thing about the car though I have to say are the 6 drink holders in it!! AND they fit most size drinks too! I love that, and since the car is so small I can reach each of them, even in the back seat, comfortably. I like being able to fit in tight spots. I really just love this whole car. I want to buy another and have twins. Mine is black with gray interior and I don't see too many others like it. My German Shepherd even fits comfortably in the back when I travel.


Worst Features

HMMMMM........ the only thing I would like more would be maybe a little more cushioning in the seats, but I spend many hours and miles in this car and it still is more comfortable than most. A little more horsepower..... maybe, but the way it is now keeps me from getting in trouble and it still can get out of its own way.


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The little car that can!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By porcelainc
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2002 Saturn S-Series Coupe SC2 3dr Coupe (1.9L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Automatic moon roof, doors, windows, locks, AC. Really cool little side door, was great when my daughter was a baby, very easy to get her in and out of.


Worst Features

Such a shame Saturn is no longer.


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