1996 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1996 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 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" 28 reviews
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"handling" 11 reviews
"cheap car" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 12 reviews
"oil" 6 reviews
"small power" 4 reviews
"gearbox" 3 reviews
"roof" 3 reviews

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mustfjos0000 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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3

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Good gas mileage, Good...well ya

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over rev the car the pin in the transmission flies out, Burns oil worse then a civ, bumpy ride, no power to it, its gutless

mustfjos0000
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Good Cheap Beater Car — The car has hundreds of problems but mine has 340,000 miles (yes you are reading that right), burns 2 quarts a week, no pressure in any of the pistons, (40,35,50,35 Seriously the thing raddles horrible under load trying to stay running) but it is the train that thought it could and does. it is a beater car there are better ones out there but mine is just what it is....Original engine and head.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dude13450 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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4

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Economy, power, ride comfort, 5 speed, light weight, handling, parking, trunk capacity

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Power sunroof, seats, rear leg room, gear ratios, speakers

Dude13450
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Nice Economy Car. — I bought my 96 SL2 for $600, and for the cheap price its not bad. It's dead on one cylinder and I'm still getting 22 city. It burns a small amount of oil but I'm sure it's just a PCV valve. I love the 5spd manual it has, but I'm not very fond of the ratios: 30MPH in 4th at around 1900RPM. The sunroofs are known to break the guides, so occasionally the panel will need replaced, and on mine one of the drain tubes isn't working so my headliner and floor occasionally get wet. As usual with your Saturns, the back seat leg room is very small, I can't understand why they don't elongate the body slightly to allow more room. For an economy car, the performance isn't too bad: 0-60 in 8-10secs depending on how healthy the engine is - most economy cars are in the 10-18sec range. FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CRITICIZING THE PERFORMANCE: remember that it's an ECONOMY car, NOT a SPORTS car. The trunk capacity is amazing for the overall size of the car, I can fit my 2.5gal gas can, my giant tool box, my Jeep's tire (235/75R15), two 5qt. jugs of oil, the service jack, a regular jack, a pair of 2 ton jack stands, and my star wrench and still have room leftover, and that's without the rear seat being folded over. As a mechanic, I can say that under the hood room for such a modern car is pretty good - you might have to occasionally remove the passenger front tire, but at least you can work on the damn thing.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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lraebassett writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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5

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Reliable most of the time, great gas mileage, not seen on the road as often as other makes of cars, still hits high speeds, pretty durable, i like the look of it, handles pretty well, it has a decent amount of room for carpooling, super cheap to repair, best of all i bought it for $600 bucks!

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Back windows stay stuck down if they are rolled down or stay stuck up. Car is very loud and rumbles, everything in the car is too close together-cupholders, car charger, blinker signal, seat, steering wheel. Small rust spot on center of hood, sun roof doesn't work all the way just makes a loud grinding noise. Multiple recalls for this car for various reasons.

lraebassett
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Its A Beater Which Is The Perfect Car For Me. Doesn't Talk Back Too Much. — 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 costs are cheap. The car's acceleration is lacking but when it gets up to speed its great. Braking is actually pretty fantastic for my car. I have avoided multiple accidents with quick stops in it. Handling is great. I usually feel safe and in control driving it, occasionally it makes some crazy noises that I worry about or acts like it won't start but it always does. My car chooses when he wants to rev the engine, even when my foot is on the brake my rpm's will randomly rise. My car chooses when it wants to respond to me flooring it and when it doesn't. My car is a blast to drive! I named him Torque ironically.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Karl writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Sweet engine sound, plastic everywhere, top of the line leather

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it was a saturn!

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White Saturn — This was my first car. It was my Dad's for 4 or 5 years and then I owned it until it hit the 10 year mark and my parents decided to sell it while I was gone. It was definitely a Saturn and even though it in wasn't the sweetest looking/performing car I loved it! Some of the greatest features were- plastic doors, 4 cylinder engine that sounded bigger than it really was, leather seats, and great engine response and handling. It will forever be one of my favorite cars (mostly because it was my first).

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bsalt1313 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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5

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Sleek, sporty, comfortable. Quiet inside, quiet outside. Fast and zippy for a 4 cylinder motor.

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It doesn't have stock Ipod support??

bsalt1313
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Amazing Car — 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, sleek and sporty, and very fun to drive in. Although this car is only 5 years newer than my 91 Olds, this car was made almost ahead of its time. It is comfortable to drive, smooth to drive, and gets pretty nice mileage. I am going to try to hold on to this car as long as possible.

Owner for 0 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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Bryan writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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2

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I get over 30 mpg

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Gears grind, engine knocks, windows won't work, its ugly

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An Cheap Car That Gets Me Where I Need To Go, But Little Else — It is a decent cheap car that will get you where you need to go. Doesn't handle well, doesn't have lots of power, and doesn't look very good. It is a great starter car or for someone with a low budget.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Trevor writes:
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5

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Great on gas. Great acceleration.

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Hard to make look good if you're into modding.

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Great Car. — Great car with great mpg. Great car to get if you're looking for a day to day driver. Only paid $600 for it because the last owner thought the owner was going bad, turns out all it needed was a tune up. Totaled the car years back, still miss it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jeepGCL writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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3

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great on gas. big trunk for a small car

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small interior, low to the ground. horrible in a crosswind at or above 30mph

jeepGCL
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Great Car For Commuting To Work Or Driving On A Trip. — I love this car... It's great on gas. It doesn't have much power in fourth or fifth gear but makes up for it in the first three. it has a performance switch on the shifter to shorten the first four gears as well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jason writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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high mpg's, low cost maintenance.

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it's like a sled in snow.

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Fun Car To Drive, But Worthless In The Snow. — performance is pretty good for a 4-cylinder. Bought it for $350 and it needed an engine, which I had one. Gas mileage is around 30 mpg in the city, and around 35 mpg on the highway. Overall, fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Danny writes:
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Economy, Styling, Sunroof, Power Everything.

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Eyelid Motor Gears, Ride Noise, Console  is kind of flimsy.

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Definitely One Of The Best Cars. Excellent Economy. Decent Power. — Can't find a REAL problem with the car, other than little stuff about the interior. Definitely could use some sound dampening material under the carpet, ride noise would go WAY down. Oh, and when the eyelid gears go.. Totally annoying.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1991 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Fffaaaaasssstttt!!!!!! By Zack

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I'd Own Another One, Anytime, Anyway, No Problem. I Love Saturns. By Jered

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1992 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Good Car As New Or Slitely Used By Sterling

I like the style and the fact that Honda civic Rims fit perfectly, also very easy to work on for me. i dislike that they stopped making it and parts for it so most of my hard to find parts come from ... Read More

Notbadc By Mitch

its pretty quick for a saturn it probly helps that the car is made outta plastic also ha. i payed 200 bucks for the car it just needed a motor its not bad car it gets 30mpg, good trunk space. Read More

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1993 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Cute Little Car. By Just-d

runs forever and has some issues. its small, but its a coupe. however for a daily car its okay. and for emergency it saves gas. afforable car and not too costly on repairs. college student kinda car. ... Read More

Great Little First Time Car That Was Cheap And Good Fuel Millage By Jared

Standard transmission with low power from small 4 cyl. engine. 4 wheel Disk brakes was handy. Interior was becoming very outdated and somewhat uncomfortable. Exterior was made out of plastic. Definite... Read More

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1994 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great Reliability Until They Die By Katiecar

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 alw... Read More

Awesome Car, I Would Buy Another One. By cold_steel90

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.... Read More

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1995 Saturn S-Series Reviews

6th Rock By Interceptor

Overall the coupe has been a great car, I'm very sad to see the age begin to show. Driving to work one day on the while recently I noticed the drivers-side headlight seemed to be moving. It turned o... Read More

Everyone Has Underrated These Cars! By donna7187

I was amazed that this little blender car was so smooth-but when i hit the gas she took off like a jet found it for 2300,00 I feel like a kid again I love her she is beautifull,easy to drive proud to ... Read More

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