I also have a 92 SC, driven in many snow storms... spinning tires... you bet.. no problems with the transmission... I've heard that it takes a lot of abuse to break the transmission by this snow spinning method... There had to have been a MAJOR speed difference between those two tires, for that pin to break. Don't make it seem that the pin breaks, and the tranny falls apart any time the wheels spin.
I have a 1994 SC2 with 105,000 miles on it. It was totaled in a tornado and rebuilt. It's a nice solid car, the hp/lb ratio is nice (125/2300), but a little cramped. And cup holders would have been nice up front.
The author of this sounds like he doesn't maintain his car (Brake problems forever?) and generally mistreats it. The SC2 is no Honda (reliability wise) but then again, it's an economy car made of fiberglass to lower the weight and make it sportier. Mission accomplished.
I have a 1994 Saturn SC1 with 96K miles on it. Have spent approximately $1000 on it in 7 1/2 years excluding oil changes. It's a solid little car that gets around 33mpg.
I maintain it well as I do all my vehicles. It can stand with my Honda Accord on dependability and care free operation. The Honda can't stand with the Saturn on economy. The Saturn lacks the power and room of the Accord, but I am extremely pleased with my SC1.
Gotta ask.. Why are you calling the manufacturer and freaking out over them not covering the transmission on a 9 year old car with 100K on it?! I've spun my wheels on snow, ice, mud and blood and haven't hurt my transmission. I'm not kind to the car (94 SC2 purchased new). It spent 3 years as my track car before I built an RX-7 road racer. And it still runs great. Take care of your machines and they'll take care of you. -Racedog.
I'm a Saturn tech, & we would have to be out of our minds to warranty a transmission on a car with that high mileage. I own a 1993 SL1 with 125,000 miles on it & I've not had a problem with it, and I am hard on the car. My dealership warrany a lot of things on cars that are out of warrany, but only if the customer has been taking care of the car. I think you need to take a step back & look more realistically at the situation.
I can't believe anyone who doesn't work for Saturn would recommend their cars. In a word, they are: CRAP! I maintain my car religiously and have had nothing but problems with it. So many in fact, I will only list a few: leaking windows, cracked head, poor acceleration, and every piece of the car rattles.
The most annoying has to be the leaking windows which is a complaint I have heard from other Saturn owners. I'll bet these people never sell a car when it rains. I'm just glad they don't build boats.
I have a 94 SC2 with 145K miles on it and it will smoke just about any 6-cylinder out there. I've owned (and thoroughly abused) 5 cars in my lifetime, and the Saturn SC2 takes all abuse like some masochist with a voracious appetite. By far the best car I've ever owned.
I have a 94 sc1 with 60, 000 miles. Everything that can go wrong has. The windows and sunroof leak. I had to get the front and rear brakes completely redone. The exhaust needed to be replaced from the catalytic converter back. The alternator went out. Now the transmission just went out. There are many other things, too. I don't abuse the car.. everything just seems to happen.
I'm a Saturn facility parts manager. We make our money off of your broken parts and cars, but we are professionals and realists. Before being with Saturn I was with Chevrolet and Dodge for years. My point is that all cars break regardless of brand name. They are not indestructible. What is the biggest cause of breakage...? Many can guess that it is low or non-existent maintenance by owners of the cars. We see this all the time and try to convince owners to bring the cars in. Even if they would just take it to their own personal technicians. What wins out too many times...? Trying to save a buck that month and let the Saturn slide. All cars of this genre have problems, but I honestly believe the Saturn is a very good car for the money. So many of our customers are very happy with them, and I am reminded of that every time that I'm in a grocery store, or any public place, and owners will see my Saturn jacket or shirt. They always approach and want to discuss their SC1 or LS200 etc. I did have one lady complain though. Its not a perfect world...sorry.
I have a 96 SC2. I have had the little quirks (ABS sensors malfunctioning, windshield wiper motor fried, stuck thermostat) - luckily while still under the first 3 yr warranty. It now has 120,000+ miles and the alternator just died about 5 thousand miles ago. The sunroof has a plastic pin that controls it's opening and closing, well last summer this little plastic pin broke. Saturn wanted $75 to do a diagnostic check on it to see where the problem was. I guess they didn't believe me when I showed them the little piece that was smaller than a pen refill cartridge. I laughed at them, and found a website that discusses the "cheap pin" and has re-constructed a heavy duty aluminum one to replace it. Saturn will deny this is the problem. Don't waste you money going to the dealership once you have run out your warranty.
I am a 17 yr old girl and I love my Saturn SC2. I only had one problem with it since I had it. The sunroof seized up. So I took the cover off the motor of the sunroof played with the wires a little and then it worked again. For only being a 4-cly, it is a pretty fast car, and I think it is fairly good on gas to!
My daughter drives a 1995 SC2 I rebuilt because of very high oil consumption at about 70k miles. It has been a very reliable car for her four years of college and now 120k miles. Recently it has started hanging in 2nd gear when accelerating or shifting back to 2nd gear (from 3rd CC) when at constant part throttle. Is this an electronic control problem or hydraulic? I have changed fluid and filter to no avail. Is this an expensive repair, should I sell it now while the problem is only occasional?
I just got a 1994 Saturn SC2 a few days ago. It only has 37,500 miles on it. This thing runs like a beauty! The only problem was that the wood interior (Which was this REALLY ugly blonde wood) was peeling off, but Saturn is replacing that for free. Which would normally be $500; for free.. I'm liking it already. For a 10 year old car, with only 37.5k miles, I'm truly happy about this car.