1996 Saturn S-Series Overview


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2 Dr SC1 Coupe
2 national listings
2 Dr SC2 Coupe
5 national listings
4 Dr SL Sedan
4 national listings
4 Dr SL1 Sedan
15 national listings
4 Dr SL2 Sedan
25 national listings
4 Dr SW1 Wagon
5 national listings
4 Dr SW2 Wagon
4 national listings

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3.95 stars

Based on 51 reviews

Its A Beater Which Is The Perfect Car For Me. Doesn't Talk Back Too Much. by lraebassett
 — I like the way my car looks, its decently comfortable. I don't like the rumbling and loud noise when driving it. It hasn't spent too much time in the shop. Gas mileage is good, maintenance, & repair c... Read More
Good Interesting Vehicle by Frank
 — Interesting design, unique body structure. Unpretentious, but manual trans. connected peppy I-4 to the road. Not bad handling, fun to drive around suburban and country roads. After work, stepping on g... Read More
Amazing Car by bsalt1313
 — This is my second car I've owned now. My first car I received in high school, which was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, 4 door, beige, and very boxy. This car is a ten-fold improvement. It is stick shift... Read More

1996 Saturn S-Series Overview

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1996 Saturn S-Series

Saturn added continuity to the 1996 Saturn S-Series by reducing the number of welded parts and increasing frame strength.  In addition, Saturn added sound 3M brand sound deadening materials to the doors.  Updates abound in the interior with new seats and trim.  In addition, Saturn introduced sequential-port fuel injection for a quicker response from the pedal.  Exterior changes include a steel panel for the roof and narrower Firestone tires.  Saturn came out with the SC2 Classic limited edition later on in the year with its leather interior and power windows.
The S-Series still comes in 7 trims: the SL, SL1, and SL2 sedans, the SC1 and SC2 coupes, and SW1 and SW2 wagons.  The SL, SL1, SC1, and SW1 have a 1.9 L, 100 hp I4 engine while the SL2, SC2, and SW2 get upgrades to 124 hp.  All trims come with standard 5 speed manual transmission and optional 4 speed automatic.  Gas mileage generally remains the same with 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.  Cargo capacity comes out to 10.9 cubic feet in the coupes, 12.1 cubic feet in the sedans, and 24.9 in the wagons (49 cubic feet with the back seat down).  Air conditioning comes as an option in all trims.
After the upgrade to the 100 hp base engine in 1995, Saturn decided to focus more on frame strength.  Drivers like the changes and appreciate the conservative gas consumption.  On the other hand, they would still like to see better oil consumption, better interior materials, and less engine noise.  The 1996 S-Series showcased the model's growth as Saturn looked to maintain its position in the competitive compact market.


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