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1997 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 24/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Saturn S-Series

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  • Pros

    Larger interior, larger trunk, optional traction control, optional ABS, composite dent- and rust-resistant side body panels

  • Cons

    Heavier, uglier

  • What's New for 1997

    Coupes get a new look inside and out for 1997. No longer stubby in appearance, all coupes adopt the longer wheelbase used by the sedans and wagons, as well as their softer, rounder styling cues. The SC1 and SC2 are now virtually identical in appearance (the SC2's body-color door handles being one of the few differences); both have exposed headlamps and standard daytime running lights. In other news, all models pick up a low-fuel indicator light and can be equipped with a single in-dash CD player. And Saturn has again taken measures to reduce engine noise and vibration.

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Customer Reviews

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The only reliable american car

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Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I have owned a couple of Saturns and they have all been great. I am speaking of the reliable aspect of the vehicle. My first Saturn (1993) I sold to my sister and she still drives it today with 240K on it. My current Saturn has 220K on it. It runs very well and I have to put nominal money into it- just regular maintenance. There is road noise like wind, tire, and engine however. That I can do without. But, when you drive a honda, it is no different. The only difference is the Saturn is American and is much cheaper to repair.



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Good anuff...git r dune

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Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

My 97 saturn SL1 was bought used in 02 with 85k on it. She now has 160k and still.....runs. You dont need a speedometer with this car bc it shimmies at 75 mph. It does like to over heat alil while in rush hour traffic. Gas mileage is great, mid 30's.




Wow

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Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I bought this car about a year ago. Since I bought it, lets count what has died (considering it had 139k on it but cmon...) oil pressure sensor, shift linkage, water pump, and so much more i don't have room to list. The dealer wants me to buy an entire shift linkage cable set for $300 but the damn cheap plastic piece of crap costs like $.50. All of the parts Ive had to buy are expensive. I don't think the dealer likes you to fix it because there's no room to do anything and you have to take off half the engine to get to the water pump and oxy sensors. God forbid you fix your own car. Interior is cheaply made, ceiling falls apart to dust when you touch it. poor quality plastic fails.




Sad to say good-bye

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Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I have had this car for almost 10 years, and only in the past few months has it started to feel old- noisy, rough going up hills. I don't like the new Saturns and only wish I could get another 1997 Saturn brand new again. It gets good gas mileage, looks good (even when it's dirty), & has given her all over the years. I have had no major repairs. If you take care if it, it will take care of you. I will be getting an '09 Toyota in a few days, and topping off the gas tank for the last time tonight made me very sad. She gave her all for 143M miles, and still has more to give to the next owner. My dog will miss sitting in the back window, I am sure.




Review of 97 saturn sl-1

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Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I bought this car with 60,000 miles on it in 2002. The day after I drove it off the lot, the car over-heated on my way down the highway. Little did I know at that time, that was just the beginning of my problems. The car overheats in the summer if you sit in traffic too long. The electrical system is a joke, if I use the car lighter, I have to replace a fuse or the car won't turn on. Needless to say, I can't use it. The car is very loud due to cheap parts on the inside. Everything rattles! The material from the ceiling of the car feel off. I have manual windows, and the drivers side broke, it won't roll down or up. The acceleration is terrible. To summarize, it drives like a go-cart.




Good work/beater/1st car

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Vehicle: 1997 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I got this as my first car in 2004 with 66k miles. I found it to be very reliable, tough and cheap to fix. The problems that came up were due to low quality factory parts(exhaust system crapped out at 67K miles,leaky transmission filter), but replacement parts are very inexpensive. It started every time and never let me down. The fuel range was pretty bad, 150-200 miles most of the time. Saturn definitely builds them right but refinement is another story.



Full 1997 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 1997

Coupes get a new look inside and out for 1997. No longer stubby in appearance, all coupes adopt the longer wheelbase used by the sedans and wagons, as well as their softer, rounder styling cues. The SC1 and SC2 are now virtually identical in appearance (the SC2's body-color door handles being one of the few differences); both have exposed headlamps and standard daytime running lights. In other news, all models pick up a low-fuel indicator light and can be equipped with a single in-dash CD player. And Saturn has again taken measures to reduce engine noise and vibration.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 24
  • cty
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  • 36
  • highway
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