2001 Saturn SC SC2 1.9L from North America
Affordable performance with style to spare
The one and only thing that has gone wrong is it not starting in the dead of winter the morning after a car wash and sitting all night. Throw in a bottle of HEET water remover and that is no longer a problem.
Some may say the suspension is too stiff. Well, this is a sporty car, not a luxury sedan. The suspension is stiff for a reason; cornering and handling. The stiffer the suspension, the less body roll when cornering; i.e. you won't be seeing this coupe on two wheels.
Welcome to the best naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine of the 90s. Fantastic low end torque gets you quick off the line and really picks up after 4000 rpms. Replaced by the more versatile Ecotec engine in the ION, I'm sorry to see it go.
Inside and out, this car screams style. The sleek, dent resistant body gives an aggressive stance and the engine and powertrain don't disappoint. Nothing beats the satisfying growl of the engine under heavy acceleration, unless the intake is replaced with a short ram configuration. The interior provides comfortable seats and a comprehendable console interface.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th December, 2003