1996 Saturn S-Series Consumer Review: Great little car

1996 Saturn S-Series - Consumer Review

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SL2 Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great little car
By bwright06 on


1996 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


I have had my 96 saturn for about the last 7 years. It was bought used by my grandparents and then sold to me when they wanted a new one. I didn't have a lot of problems with it at all in these last 7 years. Have never had any big issues until recently. Has 196,000 miles and I have a bad cylinder. Unfortunately I have to find a new car before mine really stops running. I was very pleased overall and it just seems like a fluke that I did not get more miles out of it. I am now looking at a 1999 Saturn SL2...so obsessed with the Saturn.

Best Features

Comfortable, heats up quickly, not a lot of big issues.

Worst Features

Only some small things have gone wrong...windshield wipers started acting up, one of the windows stopped working, the car makes the ding noise when it shouldn't, sometimes the dome light won't turn off and the defrosters only works when it wants to. Also guzzles oil and the AC compressor has issues. These things aren't terribly bad for being 16 years old.
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