1998 Saturn SC SC1 1.9 I4 from North America
This is a reliable, gas con-servant, powerful, small car
↔Exhaust shield bolts broke causing it to vibrate against exhaust pipe which was very noisy and annoying. Solution: Took it to Canadian tire for no cost repair.
↔Problems with the muffler pin not holding the muffler up. Solution: Quick weld to the frame and no problems since.
↔Passenger seat wouldn't automatically slide forward for people in the back to get out.
This is a great car. It NEVER let me down. It gave me great gas mileage, ran in -30 temperatures (only needing 2 starts to get going too! I didn't have a block heater, so that is quite amazing!) The back seats are very uncomfortable, but long distance trips can be made with adults sitting in them. I did have 5 people in the car at one point, with some fairly large adults in the back, but it was for a 10 min trip...
The car, for only being rated at 100HP, has amazing power. I was never left in the dust by any vehicle (I have good reaction time to green lights, and V8's would leave me as soon as they shifted, but it still felt good to initially beat them off the line!) It is a very light car so when you have 4 people in it you feel the weight through both the power loss and bumps. Its handling is great, sticks to the road when you really want to make a fast corner. It has decent trunk room, Driver might be a little cramped if over 6'1, especially for long drives.
The plastic panels are great except in really cold weather... then they shatter.
Overall, a great car, extremely reliable. Great on gas, not so great for more than 2 people. I would highly recommend this car to anyone who is interested in it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th March, 2007
By taking V8s off the line, do you mean actual races or just normal starts where maybe the other person doesn't care?
There's a difference.
If it's a normal start, my god, I've beaten a Z06 with a vw golf. *rollseyes*
I was talking actual, not normal. Obviously if it was just normal starts a person on a bike could beat a car off the line... Look at how heavy it is, just over 2600lbs and look at the torque, 117@4000. It does well for a little car, especially when there is only 1 passenger. However, when more than 1 person was in the vehicle, you can feel it in its acceleration and shocks.