1997 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1997 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • 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:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Overall: 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 stars 3.8 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 34 reviews
"ride" 16 reviews
"reliable car" 8 reviews
"speed" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"oil" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"small power" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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Sporty looks, responsive climate control.

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Overall operability, challenging traffic sightlines, uncomfortable seating, limited cargo.

Dexturn
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High On Looks, Low On Value — Sporty but proving expensive. Corners like a boat, parallel parking is a nightmare. Multiple blind spots due to window placements, heavy doors, low-to-ground seating. Bought this in the summer and it performs well when the weather cooperates; when winter sets in it's white knuckle driving. Owned other Saturns before so, while flaws are many it remains manageable.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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Good on fuel, sunroof

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Hard to drive manual in the city.

sciteacher
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Good To Get Around In. — it's a basic car to get around in. It has a tight turning circle which makes its manuerving ability very nice. Good on gas. Has a nice look to it even for its age. Manual is hard on the knees.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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MPG and handling.  227,000 miles and still going.

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small, gutless, over time burns oil

shi98013
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Reliable Commuter — I have enjoyed driving this car. It has been reliable. Once around 200,000 miles started to top off oil when refueling. only issues is sometimes hard to start, 1 power window periodically fails, 1 electrical short, and now tends to run hot. Other expected maintenance, replace alternator, starter, battery, tires...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Cool.

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Not much power.

1st_Mitsubishi
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Surprised By This Fun Little Car. — I never really looked at these cars before but after buying this one to flip, I'm pretty impressed with the style. It doesn't have much for power but it is still fun to drive. Nice and low to the ground. If it doesn't sell I won't be upset and will likely end up driving it. Better gas mileage than my truck.

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Good gas milage, design still doesn't look old and outdated, holding up well despite age.

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Lacks power.

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Reliable — I have just over 283,000 miles on this car and it is still on the factory engine and transmission with no noticeable issues. I've only had to replace a few mostly minor things here and there as they wear out. It has pretty good mileage averaging about 33MPG on the highway. City is probably around 28 but I'm not very sure on that. The car has held up well cosmetically and is only now starting to show a little wear on the seat fabric and the head liner. The exterior is in good condition despite siting in the elements for 16 years. It has pretty good cargo capacity and the flip down back seats are very useful. The main down side is that it has crappy acceleration especially if the AC is on. Putting it into "performance mode" helps a bit. Braking could be better but it works.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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Lightweight handling, economical to run, inexpensive repairs, great gas mileage, kinda cute-n-cuddly in it's own sort of way.

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They don't make 'em anymore! (parts anyone?) Plastic outside body pieces prone to cracking & breaking at the slightest provocation.

hoopdee54
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The "little Train" That Could. — It's a great little commuter car devoid of emotional attachment. The perfect little buzz bomb for getting all the running around & errands done. (I named her "can do") She starts all the time, every time, runs on the cheapest gas available, and asks little in return. (please don't push me too hard, I'm not a "Lotus" you know!) LOL....

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Good Speed, comfortable, still looks good.

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No A/C and no power windows =[

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My Lil Saturn — It was a gift from my uncle when I was 19 but it's almost my 25th birthday and I think it's time for a new car. I'm looking forward to power windows and an Air Conditioner. This year will be my year! =]

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Reliable, easy to work on, very low cost overall to drive.

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not very comfortable on long trips

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If You Are Looking For A Cheap Dependable Car, The S Series Saturns Are A Great Value. — 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 mine, but appears to have nearly all original parts(starter, alternator, p/s pump, exhaust system) it is not a fast car, but it does get excellent fuel mileage. typically see around 40 mpg hwy and 35 city. automatic transmission works well, although it saps out what little power the 100hp 1.9L sohc engine can make and makes acceleration lazy at best, similar to any 4 cylinder economy sedan. cruise control and power door locks with key-less entry are worth it if you can find one that is equipped.

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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I love the style of the car and its very easy to handle.

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Long nose in the front, only seats 4, mileage is average.

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Nice Car, But Would Not Recommend As A Family Car. — This car has so far been reliable, although I did have to replace the radiator. But when I bought this car, the owner said it worked fine (should have taken a closer look). Other than fixing a few problems, this car is reliable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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great on gas and not from getting from point A to B but all the way to Z and still some

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this isnt quite the head turner nor offer you the horses you want if you like going fast

joshmendez
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Respectible First Car — when I was first getting a car I was looking for a mustang or something fast and fun but i couldn’t afford anything but this so I bought it and I see it as a fantastic family car but not for me I’m not in any relationships and a good job that is allowing me to have a little more freedom to purchase something else. Yet again this is a great first car for someone that wants to save quite a bit of money and not worry about maintenance other than the inevitable oil and filter changes.

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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

Great And Cheap By Lana

Had my saturn S for 7 yrs, 4th owner, paid 2000. replaced tranny and clutch, and did about 1500 bucks worth of repairs including that in those 7yrs. Since I bought it, horn doesn't work, and no one ca... Read More

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

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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Wonder Full Car.... By Teresa

This is a great car for communing. It handles well and cruses like a jewel. Trunk space is ample and it is very reliable. This car is such an under-appreciated and over looked car. It has been very i... Read More

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

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