1994 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1994 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 19 reviews
"ride" 14 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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This was a great car for many years.

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Wiring issues, some a lot of peeps don't know how to work on them.

Katiecar
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Great Reliability Until They Die — I bought this car used with only 117K, it lasted 13 years!!!!!!!!!!! With very little repairs. It was nice to drive, especially in the beginning. It outlasted some of the newer cars on the road. I always felt that Saturn was very well made. I loved it and I will miss it. This car provided many years of valuable service for very little money. I got more than I asked for.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Great gas mileage, long lasting, cheap parts, and not what was expected. Fun to drive, comfortable ride, and good looks for the year and price.

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Few complaints on it, it is a compact car all in all, but the back seat could use an extra inch or two of leg room.

cold_steel90
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Awesome Car, I Would Buy Another One. — Great acceleration for a 1.9L, and braking work great especially since the car is so light. Lastly, safety... I met another fellow Saturn owner, same model as mine, who had rolled his a few years ago. The car rolled three times and stopped on the roof, upside-down. He still drives it today. All he did was put duct tape on the front and rear quarter-panel, I'd say its a very safe car. Before owning my 1994 Saturn SL, I always looked at them as cheap cars. The truth is they are great quality, cheap cars. I have over 300,000 miles on mine, and I still get 40mpg city and 45+ MPG highway. My weekly 200 mile drive only costs me less then 20$'s at 4$'s/gallon. 5speed manual transmission makes it fast as well. My sisters 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, 4cyl. 2.0L can't keep up with it... <3 My 1994 Saturn SL. =)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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Great 1st Time Car for Student, Spacious, Ageless, Great Family Car, New Battery, New Tires, New Windshield, New Brakes, Good Gas Mileage, Functional Cruise Control, Power Locks, Automatic Seat belts, Horn, Two Privacy Lights (Front & Back) Tons of Cargo Space, No Blind Spots, Clutch Replaced, Smooth Shifting, No Rust Body, by Original Owner

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Minor Body Damage above passenger wheelbase, Head gasket needs to be replaced

culton
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Timeless Beauty — For a 18 year old car this Saturn looks in good condition, always started up, Nov '11 took road trip to KY and to St Louis, with absolutely no problems, great for commuting, 1st car for a college student, Will grow to Love.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Mileage, handling, low cost to buy and own

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Anemic performance -- so very NOT a hot rod

Dimers
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A Graceful And Friendly Car — First car I owned, though I'd driven several extensively before. She didn't have much pickup (2-cylinder engine, IIRC) but she handled like an angel even under terrible circumstances. I could drive circles around SUVs and pickups in the snow -- outstanding ability to handle ice, and I have no idea why. Turns were super-smooth. I bought manual transmission and really enjoyed the improved control and the feeling of feedback. Not much in the way of options, just A/C. I didn't even have power windows. The only modification I made was a sound system upgrade. Maintenance and repairs: I took her in to Saturn dealerships for regular checkups more or less when I was supposed to, and maintenance was cheap. She did need some preventative repairs now and then, but nothing I couldn't handle on my just-over-minimum-wage income. I went to three different dealerships (I moved a lot back then), and all three were competent and friendly. Only thing I couldn't get fixed was a ticking sound that they said was due to a piston not quiiiiiite fitting, and that never hurt performance anyway. Got amazing gas mileage. In mixed use, it was only about 32 mpg, but on the highway I could get 55 or 60. Modern hybrids often advertise less than that.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1994 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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This is a great little car.  Awesome for someone who drives any kind of commute to work, whether it be 5 miles or 30 miles it's great on gas, handles well and is really comfortable.  

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It is a true compact car, if you like small vehicles this is the car for you, you can park it anywhere.

ssauto
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Great Buy! — Excellent condition for a '94, moonroof and leather scream luxury but at the price it's a steal. It's loaded with power everything, handles and runs great. In this economy gas is a precious commodity and this is definitely a gas saver.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1994 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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cas and how low it is and also the 5 speed

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mine is so old

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Saturn Sc2 — the five speed gives the car a twist and allows you to have more fun since the car is lower to the ground i have over 216000 miles on it and i think its still running pretty strong for how it drives the gas mileage is great i get between 27 to 33 only thing is that im make up for it by buying a quart of old a week about over i like the car it would be nice to get with less miles

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Cheap basic transport with enough fun factor to keep the new car bug at bay.

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GM Build quality, age, lack of refinement.  

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A Decent Daily Driver. — This was a fine little commuter car. Suprisingly spritely with the twin cam, but lacked refinement. Road holding was completely acceptable, and it cornered well enough, for a basic sedan. Not a sporty car, but it was involving enough (with a 5 speed) to keep the drive entertaining. Quality? I can't say it was great, but it wasn't awful. The car lacked refinement, was pretty loud and lacked many creature comforts even at that time. Looks? All things considered, not an unattractive car. Not beautiful, either though. Cost of ownership was completely acceptable, though I had one suspension repair (from a very low speed impact with a curb due to ice) that was ungodly expensive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Very fun to drive

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manual locks and windows

Kishadd34
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I Love Her — I love my car it is very reliable and i needed something good on gas and she is very good on gas. i stay on the go it has about 200,000 miles on it and runs better than any car i have ever owned.

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1994 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Saturn — This car I bought for the reason that I needed a car, Its not a bad car its fast for what its worth I gess. I probly wouldnt buy another one just for the fact that Its had a few problems with wiring and lights and that kinda stuff

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1994 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Handling, smooth shifter, good looks, good gas milage.

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Regular maintenance required, burns a half quart of oil every tank of gas.

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A Poor Man's Performance Car. — Fun car to drive, handles like it is on rails. Acceleration is mediocre for a car of this age, but poor considering the HP rating and light weight of the car. It could just be the age and 150k miles it has been through, but I expected it to be noticeably quicker than my previous car (which was 150 lbs heavier and had 12% fewer ponies), but it is not. Torquey and holds speed on hills, but doesn't like to rev past 5500 rpm. Parts have been cheap and easy to get (so far, I hear Saturn is going under), but it has needed more work than I would have liked, especially the cooling system. Honestly, practicality would dictate ditching this car in favor of something more reliable, but it is just so fun to drive with its smooth shifting, flat handling, and aggresive looks that I refuse to give it up.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Although The Car Has Some Issues, It Has More Positives Than Negatives. By NRL

Why you chose your car? I purchased my car because at the time my son was 10 years old. This made it a great car for me because the third door to the rear bench seat does not open unless the driver’... Read More

A Car To Have Faith In By otakugirl

Car is sleek on the outside and comfortable inside, even if it is a bit cramped. Great for cruising in town and on highway, but lacks a fast take off. I was hoping for more room in the trunk as we ten... Read More

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2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Gas Saver With A 3rd Door! By akasnacker

Great car for the most part, good build quality but they used some cheaper parts to build it with. Its kinda rough on the transmission shifts sometimes but pretty smooth for an entry level car etc. Bo... Read More

Great Little Car By bamendt

goes through a lot of oil (not a leak), can kick when going from drive to reverse (have heard others with this issue with the same model, handling is not that great... overall i am very please with th... Read More

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2000 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great Gas Mileage Car!!! By topsecretauto

This Car gets great gas mileage!!!! There's not a whole lot of room for tall people. But with that said, this really is a great car!! The gas mileage alone makes up for the lack of room in the back fo... Read More

Very Good Car Everyone Should Have One On The Track By patbrown

good on the track. needs a littel more speed. only running 5500 rpm's on the straight a way. great quailty car, doors are hard to destroy. lots of saturns on the track. good moters and easy to get par... Read More

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1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great And Cheap By Lana

Had my saturn S for 7 yrs, 4th owner, paid 2000. replaced tranny and clutch, and did about 1500 bucks worth of repairs including that in those 7yrs. Since I bought it, horn doesn't work, and no one ca... Read More

I Dont Like Any Car That Isnt Reliable By billybobisbillybob

its hard to write a 40 word survey about a unrelaiable car but I might be able to make it to forty words if I keep writing about this unreliable car that's been sitting in my drive for a month. wait h... Read More

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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Wonder Full Car.... By Teresa

This is a great car for communing. It handles well and cruses like a jewel. Trunk space is ample and it is very reliable. This car is such an under-appreciated and over looked car. It has been very i... Read More

Great Car! By microWaves

I like everything about the car in general, nothing wrong with it um just a few little things need to be replaced. honestly I would recommend this car for a first timer, great for college and people w... Read More

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