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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Displaying 11 - 20 of 51 1996 Saturn S-Series reviews.

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

Pros

quick great mpg. fun sporty little car

Cons

oil burners

65

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:
1996 Saturn S-Series Review
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2

Pros

manual transmission

Cons

horrible acceleration

25

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

Pros

This cars engine will run though anything...

Cons

I just have too many to list...

65

Love/hate — Not my favorite car in the world...of the 5 I have owned, it was my least favorite. At one point, I only wanted to drive it off a cliff. I got this car from a very good friend in a bad state. After getting it to run right, pass emissions, repair the speedo, and drivers seat (would fly back whenever you leaned on it...not good!)...I had my airport car! I will say this car is a tank...I have no idea how the engine was even running once I started to tear into it. After this work...the car was passed on to another friend of my who has given it a great home.

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

Pros

power

Cons

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

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Gas Mileage/Reliability

Cons

Performance

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1.9l Oil Burner — I have had this car for about 6 months now (11/2009) and its a pretty nice car. I bought it to get better gas mileage and keep the miles of my other vehicle. The only problem I have with the car is that it burns oil. I did a few things to slow the process but all the 1.9L's have this problem eventually. I just rack the miles on it and it has been really reliable for me.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chad writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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4

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Great on gas, shifts exceptionally good, solid build.

Cons

It's an ugly Saturn...lol.

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The Ugly Dumpling — It's not the prettiest but noone can take it from me. It's incredible on gas, and shift very smooth. First owned stick so lovin that also. I can't really have fun with it yet because it's still all stock but i promise by the time I'm done wit it it'll run at most 12.5 in the 1/4 mile.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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juka007 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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4

Pros

awesome gas mileage, awesome dependability

Cons

I like to go fast

juka007
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Perfect Smart Choice For An Affordable Every Day Driver — 13 years old. 155k miles. rarely maintainced. unknown previous owner. muffler is rusted through, so its pretty loud. Transmission shifts a little funny. Cranks up every time I turn the key and gets 33mpg average, what more can you say?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Paul writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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3

Pros

Its cheap

Cons

its old

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Its A Beater With A Heater — Its a beater with a heater, gets me to and from the train. Handles well, but its slow and old and falling apart, but since all I do is park it at the train station all day, I am trying to avoid parking something nicer in that part of Chicago.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

Pros

gas mileage and collision repair

Cons

doors and sunroof broke regularly.

65

Sl-2 Good To Be True — Don't ever waste your money replacing a saturn sunroof. It will just break again within a month. Jammed doors also are common with these. Good on gas. Barely a scratch in collisions. Handles great in bad weather, may have skidded once in 3 years. Not really fun to drive, but safe.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

Pros

Solid build. Simple operation. Reliable.

Cons

Not most luxurious. Styling not particularly eye-catching. How have they lasted? Don't see them so much these days.

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Good Interesting Vehicle — Interesting design, unique body structure. Unpretentious, but manual trans. connected peppy I-4 to the road. Not bad handling, fun to drive around suburban and country roads. After work, stepping on gas and enjoying the ride, though it was just one mile, would melt all that grocery bagging stress right away. Not as much fun as the 350 V8 in the caprice, but oh well. Not hard to maintain. Hit a pheasant once, took out light, and light only. Liked light doors that wouldn't swing out, easy maintenance, small but comfy, if no one sitting behind me. Spun out once on an icy road, going speed limit. Luckily people coming other way were able to slow.

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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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