1997 Saturn S-Series Overview


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1997 Saturn S-Series Overview

After some noticeable changes in 1996, Saturn took some time off in 1997 to focus on the exterior with the S-Series. The 7 trims remain the same: the SC1 and SC2 coupes, SW1 and SW2 wagons, and the SL, SL1, and SL2 sedans. Exterior updates included a rear spoiler for the coupes, standard fog lamps for the SC2, and a longer wheel-base for the coupes to match the sedans and wagons. Interior changes included optional black for the sedans, gray for coupes, and an optional cd player in the dash as an alternative to the changer in the trunk.
The coupes seat 4 while the sedans and wagons seat 5. Trunk space comes out to 10.9 cubic feet in the coupes, 12.1 in the sedans, and 24.9 in the wagons. Gas mileage across trims averages out to 25 mpg in the city to 38 mpg on the highway. The SC1, SW1, SL, and SL1 use the same 1.9 L, 100 hp I4 engine while the SC2, SW2, and SL2 use a 1.9 L, 124 hp engine. All trims use standard 5 speed manual transmission or optional 4 speed automatic except for the SL, which only uses 5 speed manual. Air conditioning comes as an option in all trims.
Consumers generally say that the 1997 Saturn S-Series provides solid performance for the price. However, durability, interior design, and engine noise remain a concern. The S-Series has also gained a reputation as an oil guzzler, especially the coupe. Word on the street says that Saturn needs to pick up the pace if it wants to expand its following in the competitive compact market.


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Peggy Uhler

Anyone Know How Long The Bolts That Hold In The Ignition Coils Are?

saw a solution to error codes saying to remove the screw holding the ignition coil in and clean it real good. Don't want to replace with old screw, but cant find anything telling me the length. I ...

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Wilmer Lawrence

The Wires 97 Saturn Sw2 Coolant Sensor Does It Matter Which Termenal

changed the sensor and want to if the wires need to be on a certant posit ion on the sensor

2 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Jorge Banuelos

Swap Or Not Swap

Hi everyone I have a question is the block from a sc1 engine the same from a sc2 engine saturn 1997. And is it possible to exchange the head of the engine from a sc2 to a sc1

12 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

What Are Some Problems That Occur With This Car?

Is there a problem that occurs with the engine at about 125,000 miles or more? What are some common problems that occur with this car? I'm lookin into buting one with 125,423 miles on it and it woul...

31,619 views with 36 answers (last answer about a month ago)
Tommy Johnson

I.d My Motor

I need to know if my twin cam 16 valve Saturn motor is a 1.9 or 2.2

3 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)