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1996 Saturn S-Series

Saturn S-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 100 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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  • What's New for 1996

    Sedans and wagons get new exterior styling -- resulting in a softer, rounder appearance -- along with redesigned rear seats and standard daytime running lights. Traction control is now available on cars equipped with a manual transmission. Finally, both engines now use sequential-port fuel injection in place of multiport injection.

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I love my saturn

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Vehicle: 1996 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

My Saturn car was an early graduation gift from my uncle. We purchased the car for $650. The only problem Ive had with it is the water pump going out. The sunroof never worked when I got it, but I never even open the visor. My car is a little noisy, but I just passed it off as being a small car. After my previous car, which had much more room, with a much more spacious interior and a much more powerful engine, it was just a little shock that a car could sound so loud. I've learned to love this Saturn and a newer, fancier one is in view.




Poor saturn

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Vehicle: 1996 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

My Saturn is a 96 with 45K on it (amazing I know). I put 30K on it in 3 years, and I've had some similar problems, but overall I loved my car! Come to find out the cylinder head cracked, just as everyone elses'. What a disappointment! It's not worth fixing, since I still owe on the car, but now I wonder if the ION can do any better long term...is it worth it??




Cracked head problem

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Vehicle: 1996 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I bought my Saturn brand new 8 years ago. I had all of the required checks done on it, and aside from a #2 gear replacement, I have never had a problem...until now. One of the cylinder heads is cracked, and there was never any indication of a problem until I checked my fluids and noticed oil mixing with the coolant. Apparently, this is a defect in this type of engine. This will be a minimum of $1500.00 to fix, about equal to the worth of the car in good shape. Buyers beware! Fixing this problem is no longer covered by Saturn or GM!




Fun reliable car

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Vehicle: 1996 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

Great little car that is fun to drive. Had it from 130000-160000 and it ran great. Was one of the many to burn oil, found it was much better when I changed the pvc valve every oil change. for the 2.5$. I am going to sell it as I got another one, 1994 sc2 a little faster. This car gets better milage then the tercel I owned before it. Much faster and way more fun to drive.




Dependable and affordable

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Vehicle: 1996 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I bought this car (used) right before my senior year in high school. I am now getting ready to graduate from college and have put a lot of miles, but almost no money into the car. It has been a great car for a college student because it gets awesome gas mileage and has required virtually no repairs. The only thing I've replaced are the brakes, tires, and alternator. It may not be the flashiest or the fastest car out there but it is definitely a good starter car for a young person.




I love this car!

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Vehicle: 1996 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I LOVE THIS CAR!!!!! My husband wants to trade it in on a Jaguar or a BMW, but I can't see the value in that. My SC-1 has 140K miles with the original clutch - she runs like a DREAM!!!



Full 1996 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 1996

Sedans and wagons get new exterior styling -- resulting in a softer, rounder appearance -- along with redesigned rear seats and standard daytime running lights. Traction control is now available on cars equipped with a manual transmission. Finally, both engines now use sequential-port fuel injection in place of multiport injection.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
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  • 36
  • highway
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