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

Pros

Economy, Styling, Sunroof, Power Everything.

Cons

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

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Fairly easy to work on.

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The clutch is really fussy.

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Good Daily Driver. — Has a very tight steering radius. Makes a good daily driver. Might put some performance into it, although parts are a bit hard to find on the aftermarket side. So far, all the parts I've put into it are dirt cheap.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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Great Gas Mileage

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Front seats are uncomfortable

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It's Great. — It's a 5 speed so the acceleration is all on you. Braking is just fine. It handles good but was made without power steering. It has only needed one repair since I've owned it. It looks great, black with gold flakes. Gas mileage is fine 35-42mpg maintenance is cheap

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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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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Nick writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Fun to drive. Great gas mileage.

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Its a sedan.. not very sporty

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Fun Little Car To Drive, Great Gas Mileage But Its No Chick Magnet. — 5 speed manual 4 door sedan purchased for $500. Descently quick depending on the shifts. Topped mine at 121 mph and clocked 0-60- at 9.2 s. Very fun to drive only wish it would have been rear wheel drive. 35 mpg

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Albert writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Never gave a single problem inrs  the 9 years I had it

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no power

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I Would Buy Another One If They Still Made Them — This car was amazing. I put a new power steering pump in it when I ot it and that was the only thing to go on it other than regular wear and tear. It was suprisingly roomy when the seats were folded down. I used it to bring all the lumber and concrete home when I fenced in my back yard(only 2 trips).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jorge writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Mileage

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Not very stable and powerless.

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Great A To B Commuter Car! — * Performance - 100 Hp torque-less engine. ok brakes. * Build Quality - Good, wasn't galvanized so that means rust. * Appearance - Nothing exciting. * Cost of Ownership - Cheap, 40mpg can't beat that. * Fun Factor - Manual Transmission, and blends in well which helps with the cops!

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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

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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

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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

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1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great And Cheap By Lana

Had my saturn S for 7 yrs, 4th owner, paid 2000. replaced tranny and clutch, and did about 1500 bucks worth of repairs including that in those 7yrs. Since I bought it, horn doesn't work, and no one ca... Read More

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

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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Wonder Full Car.... By Teresa

This is a great car for communing. It handles well and cruses like a jewel. Trunk space is ample and it is very reliable. This car is such an under-appreciated and over looked car. It has been very i... Read More

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

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