1996 Saturn SC SC2 1.9 from North America
Semi-reliable cheap sports car
Alternator went out in January of 2001, two days after I bought it.
Alternator went out in November or so of 2001. Saturn just doesn't know how to pair a good alternator with a car.
There is a rattle when going over washboard bumps. I replaced the upper engine mount because I had been advised that the problem could be solved that way. It still rattles. I took it to the dealership for an inspection of the suspension. They said that the coil springs were not seated properly and adjusted them. Still rattles.
At 62,000 miles the engine started consuming oil at about 1 qt per 3000 miles. I have looked around and have found this to be the case with most Saturns once past the 60K mark. The oil rings in the pistons go bad.
Car accelerates well.
I love the look of my car.
I think it unfortunate that Saturn still uses the same poor quality materials in their newer models as in the old.
Besides that I really love my car. I plan on driving it till it dies.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th January, 2002
29th Jan 2006, 03:04
Hello, I have read your review and I seem to encounter the same problem with my Saturn. I do like my car, because it has taken me where I needed to go and it has kept up with RS-X's, SRT-4's, and smoked any civic and some celicas, but other than that I just cannot stand the rattling sound of my dash. so to fix this problem I just use tape, I know it sounds a bit ghetto, but it works. I just try to ignore it when I drive!