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1996 Saturn S-Series

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Run It Forever
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By RS
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Vehicle

1996 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


Review

I have put a tremendous amount of miles
on this car. I am up to 116000, and
besides needing a new radiator and
clutch(to be expected on any car with
that milage), it runs great. Starts
instantly no matter how cold it is. The
best part is how I can just get in it
and take it on a road trip anywhere,
and never have to worry about. It is
amazingly comfortable since the driving
position is ideal. Everything is within
reach, and the seat is highly
adjustable for any driver. I am six
feet tall and am plenty comfortable.
Build quality does stink though, many
rattles and squeaks. But overall
reliability and gas milage is great!
Great first car!!!


Best Features

Quick boost of high-end torque helps with merging/Comfort/Gasoline Milage/RELIABILITY!


Worst Features

Needed overall better build quality to eleimate the millions of squeeks and rattles. But that was apparently adressed in 1999 with the mild redsign, and again in the Ion.


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Good car but not without faults
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By Debra Kelly
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Vehicle

1996 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


Review

Initially, I was very happy with my
Saturn. I have owned it for 4 1/2 yrs
and put over 80,000 miles on it myself.
It had 37k when I purchased it. Now
that it has over 126,000 ,and an oil
leak and I am at the end of the
loan....it needs to be replaced. Door
locks and windows are broke and repairs
for these components are several
hundred dollars EACH. The repairs I
have had to make are identical to the
repairs reported by other Saturn owners
in this review.


Best Features

Reliability to a point....


Worst Features

better engine...capable of handling more than 120,000 miles.


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Great small car
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By drizzlemiao
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1996 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


Review

This is a durable american car if you drive it with good maintanance.Good
condition can be achieved even after 7 years use.


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Will buy another if this one ever stops.
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By deb
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1996 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


Review

The best buying experience ever. No
pressure, no hassles, no crap. The best
running vehicle I have ever owned. May
not be fast and furious, but it is
pretty quick. Handling is exception
for this price range. Had to take it
in for some warranty work on one
occasion (tranny module), excellent
experience there also. No running
problems or cosmetic problems at all.


Best Features

Very nice running, clean, economical car.


Worst Features

Since I am a big fat person, getting rid of the armrest/console would be nice, but I guess I could take that out if I wanted to.


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Never again...
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By jvt
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1996 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


Review

This is the 2nd Saturn that I have
purchased (the first was an SC2).
Everything is alright until it hits
60,000--then it's downhill from there.
Now I have an oil leak to take care of.
Thankfully I just purchased a new Jeep
Cherokee, so I don't have to drive that
piece of junk (I still have the Saturn
'cause the dealership offered very
little and I still have another year to
pay it off!).


Best Features

I have no complaints about the inside, although my father who is 6'2" had a hard time getting into the car. He hated it.


Worst Features

I don't know where to start...


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