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Old 10-07-2002, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hello all owners. I'm considering buying a '95 SC2 (surprise surprise) since it's not only a Saturn, but good looking, fairly well performing, and most importantly, I can afford it and have money left over for modifications. No Ion for me, unless my book gets published. Oh well. Anyhoo, I started up this new thread because I'm looking for owner feedback on the '95 SC, both 1 & 2. Good and bad information. I'm looking for a relatively low-mileage manual transmission SC2, and I wanna know if there are any major problems I should be aware of, any feedback you can provide.

After all that, any suggestions for modifications? I'm thinking a cool air intake, exhaust, flywheel, and maybe custom pistons. Maybe, not definite.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-07-2002, 11:41 PM   #2
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Except for the interior and bumpers, pretty much the exact same car. Watch out for oil burning and dying alternators, since they seem to be fairly common problems. In 1995 Saturn went to the new interior. It seems a lot of people prefer it, but I much prefer the old interior, especially because of the funky pattern splotches in the '95 SC2.
Oh, and another thing: starting in 1995 the SOHC engine had 100 hp (as opposed to 85 hp from 1991-'94).
If there's a particular modification you're looking at, I'd say do a forum search of that part (i.e. intake) and look at past discussions.
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Old 10-08-2002, 12:25 AM   #3
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Cool, thanks. I think this is the millionth time I wished a used car would depreciate a ton, haha. Bad for the previous owner, but woulda been good for me. I've been looking at the SPS page, remembering not to drool, and it seems like there's plenty available for an SC2, 1995 or otherwise. Now all I have to do is find a relatively clean one. Finding one isn't gonna be hard, just finding one in good shape will be. I think this is the first time I've ever been thankful for moving to where I am today, there's almost zero chance for road salt induced rust.

Speaking of alternators, I saw one on the SPS site.... My policy from now on is if I have to replace a part on any car that I'll ever own, I'll go for the performance version of said part. http://www.spswebpage.com/products/engine.html Nice alternator, huh?

Alright, I'm off. Thanks for the info.

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Old 10-08-2002, 02:24 AM   #4
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Guess what? I have a 95 SC2, but you can't have mine -
I have 59,000 miles on mine which was made in late 94, and it runs better now then it did back then. I have taken very good care of it, and have torn apart a lot of stuff to clean it. I have a cold-air intake on it now, and it wasn't very hard to do. And it sounds great. Next on my list is to lower it 2 inches and get an exhaust. The handling is excellent with this car. I drive it around the raceway which is the Phoenix highway system.

Call me crazy, but I think this car can easily make it to 20+ years. I have had to use some rust-stopping spray paint on a few of the metal pieces after sanding them. But, usless you are working on the car, you wouldn't notice them. If you look behind the fuse panel door on the passenger side, you should see a vertical beam that could have rust on it. It isn't going to fall apart or anything, but I'm a perfectionist and while I had the stereo out I painted the metal.

I get 34.5-35 mpg with about 80-85% at highway speeds (without using the AC), it is around 29-30 with it. And 94sc293sl1 was right about the interior pattern. With some colors it looks good, but it was a little out there for me, so I am in the process of covering it up with a solid grey design. I attached a picture of the first seat I did a few weeks ago. The speedometer gauges are better in the 95, at least I think so. One of my next projects is putting on grey faces for the speedometer and tach.

And you should check to see when the fuel filter and the other filters were changed last. I saw a big differerence when I changed the fuel filter. The one issue myself and some other people are having is that the engine loses oil. Mine loses about 1 quart every 1000 miles.
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Old 10-08-2002, 09:28 AM   #5
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Nice picture. As for the oil issue, I used to drive a '95 SL1, so I have a little experience with burning oil. Just wondering if the same problem was in the SC2, with the DOHC engine. Thank you all for the quick and helpful replies. I'm meeting with a friend tonight who's dad goes scouting around, buying up cars to sell to used car dealerships. As long as I don't get hung up on the exterior, I can get a mechanically sound car dirt, dirt cheap.

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Old 10-08-2002, 09:41 AM   #6
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Hello all owners. I'm considering buying a '95 SC2 (surprise surprise) since it's not only a Saturn, but good looking, fairly well performing, and most importantly, I can afford it and have money left over for modifications. No Ion for me, unless my book gets published. Oh well. Anyhoo, I started up this new thread because I'm looking for owner feedback on the '95 SC, both 1 & 2. Good and bad information. I'm looking for a relatively low-mileage manual transmission SC2, and I wanna know if there are any major problems I should be aware of, any feedback you can provide.

After all that, any suggestions for modifications? I'm thinking a cool air intake, exhaust, flywheel, and maybe custom pistons. Maybe, not definite.

Thanks in advance.
definately get an SC2 manual. more power, better tires, nicer wheels, better suspension, better looking, nicer seats,... oh and 95 are pre obd-ii so you don't have to worry about the rear heated o2 sensor when you do certain mods. the only major issue with the 1.9l is oil consumption but that can be fixed with valve guides and/or piston rings. for mods, a cool air induction system and cat-back exhuast together will make the most noted improvement when it comes to easy bolt-ons.

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Old 10-08-2002, 10:07 AM   #7
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I agree with everyone else here! 95 is a special year for Saturns, because you get the second generation interior, the upgraded (small) engine, and you can still read the computer codes without a scanner. Oil burning is a consideration, but you might have luck reducing it by going with a Saturn factory PCV valve. (believe it or not!)

Go for it!

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Old 10-08-2002, 11:42 AM   #8
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What brakes are on these cars? Disc/drum, disc/disc? Do the rotors suffer from warping? If they do, I'm assuming that upgrading to performance rotors would solve the warping problem, just cost me a little bit more short-term. Has anyone here gotten the 21 horsepower package from SPS? I was looking at that, and it seems like it would be a good deal.

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the brakes are disk/disk, they changed to drums in back after 97 I think

yes, the rotors warp (fronts usually),

& don't get the 21hp package, the wires/plugs are a ripoff...

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Old 10-08-2002, 10:06 PM   #10
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Alright, I'll make a mental note. I'm assuming, though, that a cat-back exhaust, cold air intake, lightweight flywheel, and a short shifter would be good though, right? Any advice on the handling packages they have? I'm definitely installing a strut tower brace in every car I own, but as for shocks and springs, I don't know.

Earlier today I drove a 2003 Saturn Ion 3, black exterior with tan leather interior, automatic. It's a nice car, the steering is light, the car goes where you point it, it handles well and it's way too easy to get to 70 MPH. After that, I drove a 2001 Saturn SC2, black exterior, gray leather interior, manual transmission. Oh. My. Gosh. Part of the excitement was because the saleswoman wasn't in the car at the time, haha. She said I had driven well with the Ion and that if I wanted to, I could go by myself. I did, and oh man did I have a good time. Maybe it's just the feel, or the familiarity I have with the controls, but it felt like the SC2 I was driving was far faster than the 2001 Toyota Celica GT manual. Man, that little black car hauled. The first time I've ever driven a 1.9 DOHC, and it was very nice. If I went with a '95, which I could afford, I could add tons of mods to it. But if I went with the '01, which I would just barely be able to afford, I'd have that little mean machine. And maybe some money for an intake.

Decisions, decisions. Well, the longer I take to decide, the more money I have available, so that's a good thing. Just have to make it pile up quicker, haha.

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Old 10-09-2002, 06:06 AM   #11
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In '95, 4-wheel disc brakes were only available on ABS-equipped SL2 and SC2s.

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Alright, I'll make a mental note. I'm assuming, though, that a cat-back exhaust, cold air intake, lightweight flywheel, and a short shifter would be good though, right?
Light Flywheels wont make power they just change the characteristics of how the engine responds. Because of the lighter mass it will be more difficult to overcome the Moment Of Inertia and if it's a daily driven car stop and go traffic will toast a clutch faster from the higher rpm launch and clutch slip needed to just get the car rolling. It's not worth the price. You can get N02 for the same and have a much better $$ to Performance ratio.

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Brakes all warp weather they are cross-drilled or pixy-dust coated. I have found that short of a $1200 complete brake upgrade just purchasing AutoZone rotors every time I do a brake job is the best answer. At 18.00 each for rotors it's not worth my time to get my $99.00 rotors resurfaced (if they even can be) after they warp from the same conditions that warped the OEM rotors.

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What brakes are on these cars? Disc/drum, disc/disc? Do the rotors suffer from warping? If they do, I'm assuming that upgrading to performance rotors would solve the warping problem, just cost me a little bit more short-term. Has anyone here gotten the 21 horsepower package from SPS? I was looking at that, and it seems like it would be a good deal.
disc/drum on non-abs. disc/disc with abs. warping depending on your driving and lug nut wheel torquing habits. i have similar to the sps 21 package parts on my sc2. great deal and the stuff works!

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