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.

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

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Gas Mileage/Reliability

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

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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

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gas mileage and collision repair

Cons

doors and sunroof broke regularly.

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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

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Solid build. Simple operation. Reliable.

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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 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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Val0808 writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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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

Val0808
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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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