1997 Saturn S-Series Overview

S-Series

Looking for a Used S-Series in your area?

CarGurus has 1,274 nationwide S-Series listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.

Zip:

Trims

2 Dr SC1 Coupe
10 national listings
2 Dr SC2 Coupe
15 national listings
4 Dr SL Sedan
9 national listings
4 Dr SL1 Sedan
25 national listings
4 Dr SL2 Sedan
41 national listings
4 Dr SW1 Wagon
4 Dr SW2 Wagon
9 national listings

Saturn S-Series Experts

#1 Alex Nazarian
Alex Nazarian
Reputation 760
#2 helpmeplease
helpmeplease
Reputation 390
#3 littlehorn
littlehorn
Reputation 360
View All

Average User Score

3.85 stars

Based on 55 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

Overall User Score

3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.85

Based on 55 reviews

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.

Updated

What's your take on the 1997 Saturn S-Series?

  • Report

People researching a 1997 Saturn S-Series contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan, exterior
Saturn S-Series
15% of the time
Honda Civic
11% of the time
Volkswagen Jetta
6% of the time
Toyota Corolla
6% of the time
S-Series
Looking for a Used S-Series in your area?
CarGurus has 1,274 nationwide S-Series listings and the tools to find you a great deal.
ZIP:

Saturn S-Series Questions

Kevin Rhye
0

What Is Wrong With My Saturn Sl1 1997?

My car will turnover and the fuel pump is working but the car is not trying to start. Had a cps sensor go bad bought a new one and still have the same problem. What is wrong? Could the cps sensor ...

8 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)
Bdonne
0

I Have A 97 Sc2 Coupe With A Blown Motor. Is There Anyway A Civic Motor Wou...

4 views with 5 answers (last answer about a month ago)
runner5
0

What Are Some Problems That Occur With This Car?

Is there a problem that occurs with the engine at about 125,000 miles or more? What are some common problems that occur with this car? I'm lookin into buting one with 125,423 miles on it and it woul...

11,431 views with 19 answers (last answer 6 months ago)
j4206988
0

I Put An Aftermarket Radio In My 97 Saturn Sl2 And At First Everything Work...

90 views with 2 answers (last answer 7 months ago)
prolong2long
30

How Can I Bypass Heater Core? Or Can I Drive With Bad Core? As Long As I ...

In middle of replacement of water heater and thermostat. Heater core pours water in floor bad and I have no idea how to bypass and no money to replace right now. Somebody please give me good advic...

107 views with 3 answers (last answer 9 months ago)