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1996 Saturn S-Series Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 51 reviews
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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Saturn S-Series Questions
Car Shuts Off When Brake Is Pressed!
I have a '96 saturn sl1. I bought it about 6 months ago from a friend of a friend. When I bought it they said brakes were replaced within the past year amongst other things. It ran totally fine. ...
I Have A 96 Saturn Sl2. 1.4 And The Engine At Runs However Its Idling Rough...
Just put new plugs and wires and coil packs
My 1996 Saturn Runs But Cuts Off
Car will run but cuts off.
My Son Has A 1996 Sl2 Saturn That Will Run For About 4 Minutes And Just Sto...
The mechanic checked the fuel pressure and it is good after it stops running. The car will restart after a few minutes. We had the ignition module checked cold and it checked ok. We drove the car to t...
Upper Radiator Hose 96 Saturn
Swollen and damaged hose