Saturn SC2 was part of the Saturn S-series compact car that was marketed from 1990 up to the end of the 2002 before it was replaced by the Saturn Ion. It its first year, the SC2 comes with a very unique styling, very unique in fact that the vehicle is recognizable even in the midst of the crowd which could be described as clean and smooth. The body-colored bumpers coupled with wide tire mostly on alloy wheels create a distinguished look that claims to be pure Saturn. The lowered trunk contributes to the overall image effect which is also helpful for cargo loading and unloading. Another thing to note about the SC2 is the plastic body panels which leave no mark during contact with shopping carts of other doors. Interior is properly positioned. The console and dashboard are matched perfectly though the motorized seat beats in 1995 is irritating.
Engines are offered either on 1.9 liters SOHC or 1.9 liters DOHC inline four-cylinders. With these, acceleration is adequate and fuel economy is at 40 miles per gallon. Safety is also guaranteed with the SC2 possessing dual airbags, ABS and more.
The SC2 got bigger in 1998. Engine was upgraded to double overhead cam 16-valve version that produces 124 horsepower. Interior was also improved and more comfort features were added. In the last years of SC2, the design got bolder and better. The headlights were more distinguished and the body featured several tone colors. The wheelbase was increased and the interior room grew, though the engines were remained at 1.9 liter.
Overall, the Saturn SC2 was one of Saturn's best models. The design created the basis of the Ion. And although the model was already retired, owner must not worry for Saturn SC2 parts are widely available on the market.
Recently, the low-temperature light of my Saturn SC2 comes on. Since then, I had to refill the reservoir every three days. I started to fill the reservoir to the brim, to avoid having to do it often. I also replaced my thermostat with a new one, but the problem still recurs. It is consuming my time, and I just want to figure out what's wrong, once and for all, to have it fixed. What should I do?
The problem with your vehicle is your radiator. It is leaking, and it is important to determine the exact location of the leak to fix it and to prevent more serious problems. Also, you should not fill your reservoir completely. There is a line that indicates that the water should be until that point only. What you can do is to bring your vehicle to the technician, and ask him to perform a coolant pressure check in your vehicle to locate what's causing the leak. You should have your radiator diagnosed and fixed immediately, so that it will not cause other problems that can lead to engine damage and failure. Engine failure is very costly to repair, and fixing the radiator is relatively cheaper.
My Saturn SC2 has reached its first 31,000 miles, and I am considering getting new tires for it. I'm thinking if it is also necessary for me to get wheel alignment too? Or is it just part of the sales talk of the tire shop?
It is inevitable that the dealers will talk you out of it, but it is always up to you if you should get a wheel alignment as well. One thing that you might want to consider is this: if your stock tires became worn out due to an alignment problem, then you should have it aligned. However, you should get your wheel aligned at least once a year, especially after you've replaced your tires. You should also practice tire rotation to distribute the wear evenly. Rotating your tires is easy, and you can do it on your own. You just need to make it a routine, so you can save money in replacing your tires and paying for wheel alignment.
In the past days, I've been hearing a throaty, rattling noise coming from underneath my vehicle, especially when it idles or accelerates. There is no warning light or anything, and the sound distracts me every time. Is this normal? What could be causing this?
There are several causes of this loud, rattling noise, especially if your vehicle is already aged. For one, it could be because your idler pulley is already worn out. You can confirm this if the noise that you are hearing is repetitive. It can also be due to a damaged harmonic balancer, which can cause further engine damage. Check these parts for signs of wear and tear, and replace them as necessary. Ignoring the noise and letting these parts work without replacing them may lead to engine failure, which is very costly and dangerous.
Saturn SC2: A Saturn First
The SC2 is a vehicle that belongs to Saturn’s S-Series—the first ever series of cars created by the brand. Compared to other vehicles from General Motors, The S-Series family of compact cars all belongs to the Z-body platform, which was created in its entirety by Saturn. Similar to some Pontiac models, S-series cars featured a space frame design. This meant that the side panels of the cars did not bear any load and plastic pieces or polymers were used as a substitute to metal parts. The use of polymer meant one thing—the panels of the car were resistant to having dents. This feature became one of Saturn’s trademark selling points in their cars even until the brand folded in 2010. Here’s a brief look at Saturn’s first S-Series with a focus on the SC2 model.
1990: S-Series debut
In 1990, Saturn officially released its first S-series vehicle with the SL, which is short for “sedan level.” The following year, its two-door sports coupe called the SC also came out of the assembly line and its sedan wagon model designated as the SW was released finally in 1993. Aside from the U.S., this first generation of S-Series cars was also imported to Taiwan, Japan, and Canada.
1991-1996: First generation
SC cars were introduced to the market in 1991. This trim level was powered by a 1.9 L DOHC I4 LL0 engine, which could churn out up to 124 hp. Two years after its release in 1993, SC trim of the S-Series was renamed the SC2. This renaming was coupled by a release of the new SC1 trim level, which had a front fascia similar to the SL and SW trims. Two years after it was renamed, the first generation of the SC2 received a minor makeover—it was furnished with newly designed bumper, tail lights, and dashboard. Its safety features were also improved with the addition of new dual airbags.
1997-1999: Second generation
The second generation SC trims moved to a longer wheelbase similar to its SL and SW counterparts. This major changed caused the SC to become more curved, which changed its overall look. This also increased its cabin and doorway size, making the car more comfortable for passengers. In 1998 and 1999, buyers who wanted either a red or white SC2 model were given the option to buy the Black Top Coupe Package for an additional fee. This package will give the car black top roof panels, black exterior rearview mirrors, black emblems, and black accented teardrop wheels.
2000-2002: Third generation
Apart from some minor updates, the third and final generation of SC2s was more or less identical to the second generations of SC models. Production of cars under the S-Series stopped in 2002 and they were replaced by the Saturn Ion.