1996 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1996 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • 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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"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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1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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~38mpg, huge carrying capacity, head-turning paint job

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Slowest car I've owned, burns oil, 396,000 different squeeks and rattles

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B+ — Good ol' single cam. One of the slowest Saturns ever made. this car was originally green, but we sanded it down, primed it, and wrote all over it with sharpies and spray paint. It gets ~38mpg and can haul everything I own from school and back. What more could you ask for?

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1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Reliable, cheap, 32mpg, great off-road

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Burned oil, slow, purple

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B+ — Good daily driver. Bought the car for $300 when I was working at the Saturn dealership. Not exactly a fast car, but it did get good mileage. No repairs needed until 268,000 miles, when the slave cylinder died 3 times in one year.

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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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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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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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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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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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1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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Now that it is my first hybrid, it's really prety peppy, gets 47 miles to the gallon and I expect to top that soon.

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Some deer bounced off the hood and dented it.  It probably should have been undercoated.

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.it's Still Going, And Now It's A Hybrid! — Beware of plastic cars, check the frame before you buy one of these This was from a used car dealer, and the frame was rotted. But, I have a great welder that came over and fixed it up. Hugo has plenty of room, I think we like it.

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1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Great value. Reliable.

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Not enough power.

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Good, Inexpensive Car. — I loved it. I only sold it because I wanted a new Saturn.

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1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Great gas mileage. Sporty, but not too fast (good for irresponsible teenage drivers). Sleek line. Never EVER had any engine, transmission, electric, or braking problems.

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Drinks oil like a Scott through booze.

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Get This For Your 16/17 Year Old. — This was my first car, and it served its purpose well enough. It's a four-banger, and it gets roughly 35 solid MPG. I've never had ANY problems with it. Never once had to tear it down and fix something. Served for 3 good years, until I wrecked it :-(.

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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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