1996 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 51 1996 Saturn S-Series reviews.

mustfjos0000 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
3

Pros

Good gas mileage, Good...well ya

Cons

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
85

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
S-Series
Looking for a Used S-Series in your area?
CarGurus has 1,081 nationwide S-Series listings starting at $995.
ZIP:
Dude13450 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

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

Cons

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

Dude13450
45

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
lraebassett writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

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!

Cons

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
145

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.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Karl writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Sweet engine sound, plastic everywhere, top of the line leather

Cons

it was a saturn!

55

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).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
bsalt1313 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

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

Cons

It doesn't have stock Ipod support??

bsalt1313
35

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Bryan writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
2

Pros

I get over 30 mpg

Cons

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

25

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Trevor writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series Review
Appearance:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Performance:
Price:
Power:
Quality:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

Great on gas. Great acceleration.

Cons

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

275

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
jeepGCL writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
3

Pros

great on gas. big trunk for a small car

Cons

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

jeepGCL
165

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Jason writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

high mpg's, low cost maintenance.

Cons

it's like a sled in snow.

45

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Danny writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Ride Comfort:
Safety:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
4

Pros

Economy, Styling, Sunroof, Power Everything.

Cons

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

35

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

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 51 1996 Saturn S-Series reviews.

Review your car

Reviews From Other Years

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

Read all 35 2002 Saturn S-Series reviews

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

Read all 34 2001 Saturn S-Series reviews

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

Read all 27 2000 Saturn S-Series reviews

1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Inexpensive Utilitarian Workhorse By TheHorror

I purchased my Saturn wagon in 2006, with 52k on the odometer. I was looking for a reliable and efficient daily driver, no frills necessary. Having no high expectations for performance, style or luxur... Read More

Read all 55 1999 Saturn S-Series reviews

1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Good Family Car, Great Gas Mileage By MSJ

This is a great day-to-day car, for any sort of commuting or errand-running. Great for road trips, as it has good storage and fantastic mpg on the highway. The lack of power-steering is a bit cumber... Read More

Read all 34 1998 Saturn S-Series reviews

People researching a 1996 Saturn S-Series contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan, exterior
Saturn S-Series
13% of the time
Toyota Camry
10% of the time
Toyota Corolla
10% of the time
Chevrolet Malibu
10% of the time
S-Series
Looking for a Used S-Series in your area?
CarGurus has 1,081 nationwide S-Series listings starting at $995.
ZIP: