1996 Saturn SL SL2 4 cylinder OHC from North America


Excellent value for money; would buy another


Clunking noise occasionally when shifting into reverse.

General Comments:

Until recently this car ran smoothly. Now it 'stutters' when I punch the pedal at a light; it also 'stutters' when cruising at 40-45 mpg; otherwise it runs beautifully. Will do my own tune-up. Engine uses one quart of oil during the last 500 miles before an oil change (every 5000 miles), gets 25 to 31 mpg depending on city/freeway/etc., is driven to speed limit at all times (i.e. 75 mph on high-speed interstates), is towed behind motorhome (4 wheels down) for more than 10000 miles each year. Cost us 3 thousand to buy. In addition to tires, brakes, oil changes, etc. have had to replace idler pulley (our only "repair".) Would buy another in a heart beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2005

1996 Saturn SL 1.6 from North America


I don't think this will be our next vehicle


Since the month I've had the car, in the course of three weeks, I've had to replace the thermostat, the radiator, the motor mount and the starter; now, I am finding that it won't pass emissions because of the "Service Engine Soon" light stays on and diagnostic tests gave a code to replace O2 sensor. The interior roof of the vehicle is made from cheap fabric.

General Comments:

The car is very good on mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2005

1996 Saturn SL from North America


Don't rely on a Saturn


Same thing here: blown Head Gasket. Repair cost including labor: $2,300. Who's got this kind of money these days with the Gas prices and all other price increases nearly killing us? I don't know what I'm going to do. I am very upset. When I chose to purchase a Saturn I really believed that this was a good, reliable car. I called my dealership confronting them with what I learned from so many other Saturn owners and was promptly told, that this problem affects only the 1997 Models. Well, if that's the case, then why have so many other Saturn drivers this very same problem?? I am cured: SATURN? Never again. And I will tell everybody that I know.

General Comments:

I will never purchase another Saturn again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th August, 2005

18th Aug 2005, 08:25

Yeah! You tell 'em!

Who wouldn't expect a 10 year old car with 130k miles to be absolutely perfect?

Well, me, for one.

18th Feb 2006, 19:53

You did not mention how you had maintained this vehicle. The service you get from an automobile depends on the service you give it in return. Did you change the oil and maintain the auto properly?

27th Jul 2006, 01:01

Girlfriend has a '94 Saturn SL1, bought it at a local "discount auto store".

Car had approx: 89000 miles on it, paid just under $3000.00. Being from Rockford Ill, and living in northern WI, she puts on her fair share of miles traveling back and forth to visit with her family. The simple point is that with routine maintenance, this particular car, being it a "plain jane" is very reliable.

(a) oil changed every, if not less 3000 miles (usually 5w30/Walmart oil & filter. *note uses minimal oil!

(b) spark plugs changed yearly (needed or not)

(c) fuel filter changed every 24 months or 2 years

(d) air filter changed every 12 months or 1 year

(e) pcv & egr changed every 24 months or 2 years

Saturn currently has 141000+ miles.

Just after purchase of this vehicle, the owner did a "bumper to bumper" check on it; the vehicle to (my) concern needed a new oil pan $63.88, front right wheel bearing $ 83.54, serpentine belt $12.37.

We did put new tires on it, checked brake pads/bearings, all "OK". I did change trans fluid with a synthetic ATF, that being Amsoil. The car has a 5 speed manual trans, WOW what a difference in shifting and temp. (all the better).

Flushed and filled radiator coolant, checked hoses all "OK". Vacume lines all"OK".

Girlfriend has gotten her money and then some out of this little car.

ALL in ALL, I would say a good value economical car!