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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Val0808 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Great gas mileage, dependable, fun to drive and handles well

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Electrical system problems, hard to get in and out of

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My Saturn Was A Good Deal For The Money! — I love my Saturn SC2. It gets great gas mileage and has a sporty look. However, the electrical system leaves something to be desired. The drivers side auto door lock doesn't work. The drivers side power window will roll down but not back up. I cannot close the headlight covers - the motor continues to run if I do. One headlight will close but not open back up and has to be opened manually. The sun roof works sporadically and the windshield wipers have a mind of their own - sometimes turning themselves on and stopping halfway across the window. The headliner and door liners have peeled off. The car handles well and is fun to drive.

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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??

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

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Cheap on gas and never brake down on me.

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Hard to fund after market puts.

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If It Do Miss Up It Is Cheap To Fix. — Acceleration is realy good for what the car is. The brakeing is little on the bad side. You can put alot of batter brake on it. Handling is good now bc I have done alot to it. I think it look good atfer you put some thing on it like rims.

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

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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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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Reliable And Efficient By STouchton

This was my first financed car. I was always happy with it, and it never left me stranded anywhere. I like the look of it, as it's an economical car, yet has a sporty look. It doesn't accelerate as qu... Read More

Just Adored This If You Have Kids Buy This Car For Theyre First Car By Jade

I loved this car it was my baby but i had to get rid of it because i needed a truck it was a 5 speed i loved shifting it had a custom exhaust system and made it sound beast people could hear my car ... Read More

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2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Overall Nice Car! By dwalt4719

Consistently gets around 28 MPG. Really comfortable car for the smaller driver. The back seats are especially cramped for a bigger person. The third door makes getting things out of the back quite eas... 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

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

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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

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