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 31 - 40 of 51 1996 Saturn S-Series reviews.

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

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

Pros

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

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

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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.

Cons

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

Pros

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

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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.

Cons

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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suezq77 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Good Dependable Car — this has been a good dependable vehicle that has generally been a good runner.

Owner for 2 years, 1 months

Miles Driven per Year:3,500

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kttmrlsj writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Perfect Small Family Commuter Car — I love my car, its very reliable has good get up and go for a four cylender. And it has EXCELLENT gas mileage.

Owner for 3 years, 2 months

Miles Driven per Year:18,000

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Galen21 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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4

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mileage

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other than it's not a Ferrari?

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Great Everyday Car For Anyone That Needs A... Car — Awesome mileage On trips of 95% or more highway driving I would average 45mpg otherwise I got 36pmg

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

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Gas mileage, appearance, size, handling, engine

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discontintued in the S-series in 2001

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The Best Car I Ever Owned — Never had any problems besides normal wear. GREAT gas mileage while still having plenty of power. Fun to drive - it was a manual (of course). Very comfortable and sporty with great handling.

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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

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

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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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