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 41 - 50 of 51 1996 Saturn S-Series reviews.

George writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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3

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affordable - decent style and gets you to where you want to go.

Cons

lack of power, overall feel was not solid rear seating room was very tight

55

Good Starter Car. — It was a good starter car for me when I got out of University and started to working. It had some style and Saturn was stil relatively new and so had some allure. But overall it wasnt too exciting to drive - infact bored silly.

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

Pros

it is invinsable

Cons

its old.

25

Its A Durable Car Thats For Sure.. — that thing can last through bout anything.. hehe.. including flying off the road.

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

Pros

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

Pros

everything

Cons

i had to sell it!

25

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

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

Pros

great price, service... blew away anything any of the imports had out at the time.

Cons

small.

35

A Great 'basic' Car With Amazing Dealer Service — Sparky the wonder Saturn was a great car... but he couldn't handle the roads I wanted to go on... traded in for a Jeep.

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Daniel writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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3

Pros

Good gas mileage and can handle mountain roads without too much effort

Cons

Is an automatic but otherwise a solid car

25

Good, Solid, Easy To Drive Car That Doesn't Need Much To Do What It Does. — Amazing car, especially for an automatic, tops off at 98mph stock when the ECU decides to limit the cars performance. Is able to handle windy, steep mountain roads as long as you've got decent tires installed. Looks like a granny-mobile, but is a sleeper for a twin-cammed four cylinder.

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

Pros

Cheap on gas, fairly low maitainance.

Cons

Alot of dealer only parts, and hard to work on. Once you are use to them and make a few "custom" tools its fine.

65

When It Breaks You Can Kick The Crap Out Of It And Not Regret It Later. — Handles great. Has sway bar and all that fun stuff. Can do 90degree turns in 2nd at 40kmph with no tires squeeling. Very plain interior but somehow I really ended up liking it. With the fold down back seats its amazing what can be packed in there.

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Mike writes:
1996 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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3

Pros

the price

Cons

see above review...

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You Get What You Pay For.... — Granted, this car only cost about $10,000. However, in the time I owned this car (and it got serviced every 3 months/3,000 miles), it died on the dealer's lot twice (two separate times) and the door seals leaked on both front doors.

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

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Great MPG, cheap to buy

Cons

Shaky at speed, noisy

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Pos — The car breaks every other week, but is amazing to drive. It accelerates quickly, and gets great gas mileage. Feel like its about to explode after 75mph though.

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

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Fun in the snow, fun to drive fast, great gas mileage when I'm not driving like a schmuck. Easy to drift in too.

Cons

Only two seats at the moment, and it being front wheel drive will suck when it's pushing 400 hp.

35

Nforcer — Way too much fun for such little power. But it will have plenty of that when I"m through with 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

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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