1996 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1996 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 51 reviews

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

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gas mileage, performance

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cabin noise, burns oil

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The Green Hornet — good buy for a small used car. compared to my old car it goes like stink. if only i had money to put into more performance parts. i have a cold air intake and performance chip on it...they do alot, especially since they bumped my fuel mileage from 30hwy up to 41!

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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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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Alexander writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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still good mpg, good handling

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bad appearance, and a little small

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Good Mpg 13 Y/o Saturn — Performance- manual, sticky first gear after a long drive. Decent acceleration. braking is fine. Build quality- has very few problems for its age. rear driver seatbelt is stuck, and rear passenger window doesn't work. sunroof does not work, either Appearance- gold paint with khaki fabric seats and black leather clutch and steering wheel. ceiling fabric in back seat was ripped a long time ago and is gradually peeling. has a spoiler Cost of Ownership- approx. 32 mpg, which is great for a 13 year old car. only real problem was emissions monitor comp was broken and had to be replaced last year Fun- not especially, but it is a manual, so if you like those, sure.

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Luke writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Great gas milage, lasts forever, cheep to maintain, easy to handle

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Small and not super safe

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Saturn Sl1 — It gets great gas millage and can get aton of miles on it Its not very fast but accelerates fast enough cheep to maintain. just change the fluids regularly and keep everything up and running and your good! It is super easy to handle and stops super quick Will buy another!

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Trevor writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series Review
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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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Keith writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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5

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power

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wagon

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Great Car — performance did not lack at all it has a very powerful 2.0 four cylinder DOHC engine, it was very sturdily built, appearance isint the greatest but that is ok, it got great gas mileage, with little to no harsh maintainence, and this car as a stick and with good handling is a blast to drive!

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

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

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Acceleration, Gas Mileage, Low cost of ownership, fun to drive

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"Plastic car", brakes use up easily, head gasket problem with engine (oil leak)

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The Saturn Sc2 Runs Like A Charm! — This car isn't my favorite, but it sure is close! The car has a small inline 4 engine but has one hell of an acceleration for such a small motor, especially when switched into performance mode (through a button next to the automatic shifter that makes the engine shift at higher RPMs even though it is automatic). I've had this car out drifting and doing donuts before and my friends cannot believe what it does for such a small economy car! The build quality isn't too great; I always joke how it is my plastic car and it's horrible in any winter weather. The exterior and interior include no frills unless you add them on, except for the raise-up headlights in the front, which always throw people for a loop (as long as you get one where they still work like me!). The gas mileage is INCREDIBLE, I can go a whole week on a tank of gas (around 200 miles) and fill up for about $12 with gas around a $1.85 average. Fun little car considering I only paid $2000 for it and it already has 118,000 on it but runs like a charm!

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2000 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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