1996 Saturn SL SL2 16v from North America
Modern day Vega
Nothing. Just added new brake pads at 60,000 miles and flushed out the brake fluid. Radiator flush at 40,000 miles.
New fuel filter at 60,000 miles for $85.
A new fuel filter was only $3 on my old truck!
Comfortable once you get in. Ridiculously low seating. This car reminds me of a Ford Pinto or Vega, due to its low seating and coarse engine.
Nice clutch with very little takeup.
The shifting action feels like broken glass.
Suprisingly light curb weight for a car with very heavy doors.
I see it as a modern day Vega rather than a Toyota competitor. At least the Saturn is reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 20th September, 2001
24th Feb 2003, 13:00
Until this year, my wife and I were happy with our 1996 Saturn SL2. However, enough has happened in the last 10 months to make us decide never to buy a Saturn again. First a mechanic noticed rust on the frame. He said he had never seen that before on a Saturn and advised us to get rid of the car. (I wish I had taken his advice.) Last April the alternator went out. In the middle of the summer the engine needed to be replaced at 73,000 miles. Last month the car had a cracked ignition cylinder. Now we have a problem with the fuel injection. I am amazed that so much has gone wrong with the car in such a short period of time (and so soon after the warranty ran out). We have put well over $3000 into the car in the last 10 months, and if we had let the Saturn dealership do the engine, our total would have been closer to $4500. I can't say that all 1996 Saturns are bad cars, but ours certainly is.