1997 Saturn S-Series Overview


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2 Dr SC1 Coupe
3 national listings
2 Dr SC2 Coupe
22 national listings
4 Dr SL Sedan
10 national listings
4 Dr SL1 Sedan
24 national listings
4 Dr SL2 Sedan
37 national listings
4 Dr SW1 Wagon
3 national listings
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4 Dr SW2 Wagon
13 national listings

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3.85 stars

Based on 56 reviews

Love Those '97 S-series Saturns by mpmied
 — This is the second '97 Saturn I own. My first was an SL1 that my son drives to college now. I missed that car and bought an SL2 as my commuter. I get above average acceleration and good fuel econom... Read More
If You Are Looking For A Cheap Dependable Car, The S Series Saturns Are A Great Value. by Luke
 — I bought this car to replace my girlfriend's 89 mercury topaz. I liked my s series so much that I thought I would get another one almost identical to it. This one has over 100,000 more miles than mi... Read More
Reliability, Reliability, Reliability. by J Hackett
 — I just rolled over 170,000 miles and am still getting 30-32mpg. The roof, hood, and trunk are steel, everything else is plastic. I have hit two deer (and one hit me), and the only damage is a missing ... Read More

1997 Saturn S-Series Overview

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1997 Saturn S-Series

After some noticeable changes in 1996, Saturn took some time off in 1997 to focus on the exterior with the S-Series.  The 7 trims remain the same: the SC1 and SC2 coupes, SW1 and SW2 wagons, and the SL, SL1, and SL2 sedans.  Exterior updates included a rear spoiler for the coupes, standard fog lamps for the SC2, and a longer wheel-base for the coupes to match the sedans and wagons.  Interior changes included optional black for the sedans, gray for coupes, and an optional cd player in the dash as an alternative to the changer in the trunk.
The coupes seat 4 while the sedans and wagons seat 5.  Trunk space comes out to 10.9 cubic feet in the coupes, 12.1 in the sedans, and 24.9 in the wagons.  Gas mileage across trims averages out to 25 mpg in the city to 38 mpg on the highway.  The SC1, SW1, SL, and SL1 use the same 1.9 L, 100 hp I4 engine while the SC2, SW2, and SL2 use a 1.9 L, 124 hp engine.  All trims use standard 5 speed manual transmission or optional 4 speed automatic except for the SL, which only uses 5 speed manual.  Air conditioning comes as an option in all trims.
Consumers generally say that the 1997 Saturn S-Series provides solid performance for the price.  However, durability, interior design, and engine noise remain a concern.  The S-Series has also gained a reputation as an oil guzzler, especially the coupe.  Word on the street says that Saturn needs to pick up the pace if it wants to expand its following in the competitive compact market.


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