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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC1 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: Fuel economy is excellent

    Cons: Saturn Service is very poor

    Advice: know your dealer, if problem persists, evolk the lemon law

    The SC-1 seems to be a good car overall, the factory brakes are very poor, first problem was at 9,000 and replaced at 12,000 and I finally replaced the rotors with aftermarket at 40,000. The car would not track, the car was reatuned to the dealer 6 times for tracking problems and twice to independent alignment shops for evaluation. Tracking improved with new tires but still present. I am in the Auto Aftermarket business, I know cars, the service writers at three Saturn dealers have very poor automotive knowledge and I suffered the consiquences by not receiving the proper attention to my problems. E-mail to Saturn in KY went unanswered and Telephone calls to service managers were polite but problems never resolved. I would not recomend this car to anyone because of the poor service at the dealer level!

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Handles nice

    Cons: They seem to cut corners on some items

    Advice: Get it! Great price

    Nice to drive, fun responsive and smooth.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC2 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: CD Player Standard

    Cons: Prefer MP3 CD Player instead

    Advice: Leather interior is nice.

    Did not test drive, my 3rd Saturn and handles and operates very similar to SL2 models previously owned.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Its known reliability and good value for its price range.

    Cons: Wide turning circle and several little things are just not thought out.

    Advice: I Like it, but perhaps wait to see the redesigned 2003 S-Series.

    It is a good car for the money. I thought the SL2 was a better value than the SL1 when you upgrade the SL1 to Auto, A/C, and Option Pkg. My car had two sample defects. One broken air vent fascia and a rattle that went away (probably a broken piece from the vent fascia). The car is comfortable, handles well, and has enough power when you step on the gas. Dealer handled transaction quickly and I was able to switch cars four times and walk around unattended -- during the sale -- all I needed. The car if reasonably well designed, though my very old Honda Civic still had a lot of usability/design features that were better thought out. Like why does the lower part of the trunk latch have to stick up? I tear stuff on it all the time. Why not recessed? And the tire jack and tire are a pain to get out, use, and put back. I was amazed, though, that Saturn stands by their 30 money-back guarantee. People regularly come up and ask about my Saturn and tell me of either their, or someone they know, experience of what a good, reliable car it is.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Its known reliability and good value for its price range.

    Cons: Wide turning circle and several little things are just not thought out.

    Advice: I Like it, but perhaps wait to see the redesigned 2003 S-Series.

    It is a good car for the money. I thought the SL2 was a better value than the SL1 when you upgrade the SL1 to Auto, A/C, and Option Pkg. My car had two sample defects. One broken air vent fascia and a rattle that went away (probably a broken piece from the vent fascia). The car is comfortable, handles well, and has enough power when you step on the gas. Dealer handled transaction quickly and I was able to switch cars four times and walk around unattended -- during the sale -- all I needed. The car if reasonably well designed, though my very old Honda Civic still had a lot of usability/design features that were better thought out. Like why does the lower part of the trunk latch have to stick up? I tear stuff on it all the time. Why not recessed? And the tire jack and tire are a pain to get out, use, and put back. I was amazed, though, that Saturn stands by their 30 money-back guarantee. People regularly come up and ask about my Saturn and tell me of either their, or someone they know, experience of what a good, reliable car it is.