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

User Reviews

Displaying 21 - 30 of 51 1996 Saturn S-Series reviews.

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.

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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

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awesome gas mileage, awesome dependability

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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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James writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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4

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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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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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Claire writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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5

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Great value. Reliable.

Cons

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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Exion writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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2

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Impervious to abuse.

Cons

Needs a lot of aftermarket parts to upgrade appearance.

65

Good Daily Driver. — Good car for beginners

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Valerie writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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5

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everything

Cons

i had to sell it!

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She Was My Show & Go Car! — comfy seats, great handling and acceleration

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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.

Cons

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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Jorge writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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3

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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!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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This cars engine will run though anything...

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I just have too many to list...

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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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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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