1996 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 13 of 24

1996 Saturn SL 1.8 4-Cylinder from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 4-Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carVolvo S80

Summary:

A Good, Solid, Reliable little car!

Faults:

I've had to replace the spark plug on the 2nd cylinder before routine tune ups.

Frequent front tire balancing required.

Service Engine Soon light comes on frequently.

Lots of buzzes on the inside from cheap plastics.

General Comments:

This has been the first Saturn I have owned. It has over 150,000 miles on it and runs and shifts like new.

It doesn't burn oil like most Saturn's do.

The "Service Engine Light" comes on frequently, but the dealer can't find any problems.

It is extremely quick and is perfect for driving on the open highway, or in heavy traffic.

This is a great little car and I would recommend one to anybody looking for a Good, Solid, reliable car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2004

29th Mar 2005, 00:21

This car is the best thing I have ever owned.

It has over 200000ks on it and I have had not one problem with it.

1996 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 DOHC from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carGeo Storm

Summary:

A Saturn is the last car I would recomend

Faults:

The second motor blew at 122,000 miles.

The head blew at 150,000 miles.

There has been repeated problems with the coolant system after a complete replacement.

The shift cables snapped at 130,000 miles.

There is a problem with the oil and the coolant vanishing into thin air.

The check engine light has come on several times-resulting in the replacement of every sensor in the car.

The car starts to run bad if you are even close to being due for an oil change.

The air conditioning refuses to work after being repaired.

Repairs are more expensive than most cars.

The only thing I haven't replaced is the frame.

General Comments:

This car is safe and spunky.

However I feel it is the most unreliable car out there.

I have heard several people have had some of the same common problems with their Saturn.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th December, 2004

1996 Saturn SL SL1 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired182000 miles
Most recent distance198012 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

I love it and would buy another!

Faults:

I had to replace the water pump and the front brakes, other than that I've never had a problem with this car.

General Comments:

It runs real smooth. I get very good gas mileage 39 highway/31 city.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2004

1996 Saturn SL SL2 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Summary:

I love my Saturns

Faults:

I replaced the alternator and battery at 65,000 miles. It all done on warranty.

General Comments:

I own three 1996 Saturn SL2's.

I acquired the first one in 1999 with 36,000 miles on it. It is a fairly basic car without power locks and windows and an automatic transmission. It now has around 110,000 miles on it. I did need to replace the alternator and the battery. Other than that I have done routine maintenance only. It is starting to have some problems slipping occasionally in third gear, but it only happens once and a while so the dealer suggested that I wait until it becomes frequent to rebuild or replace the transmission. I have traveled back and forth across country with this car and have enjoyed it tremendously.

My second 1996 Saturn was purchased in the spring of 2002 and is also an automatic. It had 32,000 miles on it and is totally loaded. I bought it for my daughter, and the only change we made was to add an MP3 player and a bass box. The alternator and battery have also been replaced on this car. The rear window on the passenger side needed a new electronic module, and the automatic trunk release went out. She has 60,000 miles on the car.

These two cars both get about 38 mpg highway and 30 mpg city.

I recently acquired another 1996 SL2 with a manual transmission for my step daughter who just learned to drive. This car has 225,000 miles on it. Although I don't know the entire repair history, it is a great running car. We have put about 10,000 miles on it without incident. The manual transmission helps a little with the mileage and we are getting 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg in city driving. The dome light control on the passengers side door sticks a little.

I can't imagine buying anything other than a Saturn, but with the way these cars are running, I don't know when I will need another car. They all look great, and the interiors are holding up well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2004

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 84 reviews