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

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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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Joe writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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quick great mpg. fun sporty little car

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oil burners

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Satin The Saturn — fun little car not much of a back seat. but thats ok i got long legs. i did a custom paint job on the inside and out with blue pinstripes and accents inside and out. with blue neons underneath and inside. wish i had some pics of this car. i looked pretty cool when i got done with it. till i high school chick rear ended me and bent the frame.

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

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Troy writes:
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manual transmission

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horrible acceleration

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Get A New Car — the ac works great, heating too, but engine is real bad and will clunk out soon. manual transmission makes it fun to drive but has a serious lack of acceleration. its a nice red color but blue is always best.

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

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1991 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Fffaaaaasssstttt!!!!!! By Zack

Build Quality: Great i love it!!!!! Car Comparisons: None. IT is really fast and a stick. Performance: AWESOME!!!! More About My Car: Fast and very dependable Read More

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

Great acceleration, dent resistant vertical panels, light weight, long lasting, excellent handling qualities, especially at speed. Well balanced, designed to play in the twisties. Not a drag racer, ... Read More

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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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