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Old 07-12-2003, 05:27 PM   #1
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Dizzy What kind of Saturn do I have?

Hello, I just got a 1994 Saturn 2 door coupe with Manual transmission for $850cnd. It needs a back break job to pass inspections and that is it ... well not really.

First I would like to know what exactly I have in detail, if some one coud tell me or point me in the right direction that would be appreciated.

Also I need to do some minor work, like fix the driver side window, wont' go down, or find out how to go from manual to power windows.

Also passenger side seat will not stay in place, either will the back rest, I am guessing the gears or teeth are out of place. I really like this car and want to do it up right, I just can afford to pay someone else to do it, exept the brake job. If someone or some people could help me fix this beast up, I would really like that, if you can tell me how or have diagrams or anything that would help me. Just think of me as some one that no's nothing about cars but want to learn (not far form the truth).




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Old 07-12-2003, 05:41 PM   #2
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Welcome, new Saturn owner!

Your 2 door Saturn coupe is either an SC1 or an SC2.

If your headlights are retractable and the 8th digit from the left (the engine code) of your Vehicle Identification number is "7" then your car is an SC2, and it has the twin-cam engine (124 HP/122 ft.lbs.). Otherwise, your car has fixed headlights like the 4-door SL/SL1/SL2 Saturns, the VIN 8th digit is a "9" and you have the single-cam engine (85 HP/107 ft. lbs).

Does that help?

P.S. If you decide to replace the driver's seat and IF you have an SC1 you may want to look for a used SC2 seat, which is height adjustable and also has a lumbar support adjustment (both manual).

P.P.S. You will GENERALLY get faster answers on repair questions in the "TECH" section of this board.


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Old 07-12-2003, 05:43 PM   #3
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Step 1: buy some good repair manuals. I found both a Chiltons and a Haynes to cover about anything that needed doing on my old SL2.

As for identifying your car, somewhere on this site is a guide to reading the VIN. I'll do one better: if the car has flip-up headlights, then you have an SC2 (dual camshaft engine, more power). If the headlamps are fixed and always visible, you have an SC1 (single camshaft engine, less power but less thirsty).

The S series is incredibly reliable, but keep an eye on your oil level. That 1.9L engine likes to consume about a quart or so between changes. It doesn't mean anything is wrong; that is just the nature of the beast.

You will find all kinds of help available through the board. Feel free to post individual problems on the Tech forum and welcome to the board.


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