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1997 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 CoupeReview
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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

Pros: Sporty looks, responsive climate control.

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

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL SedanReview
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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

Pros: Good on fuel, sunroof

Cons: Hard to drive manual in the city.

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 SedanReview
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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

Pros: MPG and handling.  227,000 miles and still going.

Cons: small, gutless, over time burns oil

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 CoupeReview
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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.

Pros: Cool.

Cons: Not much power.

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 SedanReview
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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

Pros: Good gas milage, design still doesn't look old and outdated, holding up well despite age.

Cons: Lacks power.

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL SedanReview
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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

Pros: Lightweight handling, economical to run, inexpensive repairs, great gas mileage, kinda cute-n-cuddly in it's own sort of way.

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

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 SedanReview
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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

Pros: Good Speed, comfortable, still looks good.

Cons: No A/C and no power windows =[

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 SedanReview
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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.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Reliable, easy to work on, very low cost overall to drive.

Cons: not very comfortable on long trips

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1997 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 CoupeReview
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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

Pros: I love the style of the car and its very easy to handle.

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

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1997 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL SedanReview
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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: great on gas and not from getting from point A to B but all the way to Z and still some

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

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Reviews From Other Years

2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Review By Tyler

GOLD 2002 SL2 with 175K Theyre plastic, cheap, and not much of a head turner, but I cant complain after over 20 years of reliability. replaced radiator headliner fabric separating front sway bar e... Read More

Review By Guru9RF3HY

2nd Saturn we have owed. Good little car. gets great milage Read More

2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Review By Guru9LN9VY

I last drove one of these in 2002. I like simple low tech cars, so I had no complaints about this model. They should have continued them. Read More

Review By George

Great experience, fun good to have to research cars Read More

2000 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Review By Cathy

Very nice car! Great price on it too a bargain Read More

Review By Bryan

I have been driving a 97 sw1 for 3+ years now bought it for 1300 driven to east coast twice have personally put 45000 miles on this little car only maintenance a rear brake job and oil changes BEST US... Read More

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

1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Review By Guru9LZQ37

I’m not neutral as I used to work for Saturn They are very good cars and last a long time if maintained Of course the body doesn’t rust but the space frame That supports it will. So a word of c... Read More

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

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