1996 Saturn Sl
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Best First Car

by from baltimore, md on August 24, 2017

For a very first car, my SL-2 met all of my needs. It was small, fast, reliable, and for the price I paid for it I was very satisfied. I loved that car!
For a very first car, my SL-2 met all of my needs. It was small, fast, reliable, and for the price I paid for it I was very satisfied. I loved that car!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Worst Car To Buy

by from Monrore on June 17, 2017

The most worst car you could ever buy stay away from Saturn's .These cars brake easily theirs not reliable they don't look good in the front,very cheap made cars.
The most worst car you could ever buy stay away from Saturn's .These cars brake easily theirs not reliable they don't look good in the front,very cheap made cars.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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238000 and still going strong

by from Minneapolis, MN on May 25, 2017

I'm shooting for 300000. Yes, I have had a few near $800 repairs over the years, but nothing that wouldn't wear out on any car. I've owned it since 1998 (sl2) and have only had it completely fail to...
I'm shooting for 300000. Yes, I have had a few near $800 repairs over the years, but nothing that wouldn't wear out on any car. I've owned it since 1998 (sl2) and have only had it completely fail to start once or twice. I change oil every 3-4000 mi. and have a few leaks now. Some oil, some coolant. I've had this over 100mph several times in the last two years without the slightest effort. It has started regularly in the coldest Minnesota winters and only now does the body have visible wear. The clearcoat is mostly pealed off, but the overall integrity of the body is intact. I still get about 27 mpg in downtown minneapolis stopngo driving. The engine still purrs. When GM broke the mold for this model, it did not have the consumers' interest in mind.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Casper the Saturn

by from Garden city Savannah GA on November 7, 2015

this Saturn is 20 yrs old and the interior is kind of rough but it just needs love any this car is sporty,safe,reliable etc.........
this Saturn is 20 yrs old and the interior is kind of rough but it just needs love any this car is sporty,safe,reliable etc.........
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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wonderful!

by from on August 12, 2014

when mine dies, I will be buying another saturn sl series! i bought mine from a friend and have had no complaints. it has about 300,000 miles on it and still runs like a champ. AWSOME gas mileage!!!!
when mine dies, I will be buying another saturn sl series! i bought mine from a friend and have had no complaints. it has about 300,000 miles on it and still runs like a champ. AWSOME gas mileage!!!!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Very Reliable Commuter Car

by from Auburn, AL on April 1, 2014

I got the 1996 SL model in 2004 when it had only 36,000 miles on it. I had few problems with it, commuting 100 miles roundtrip since then until it hit 211,000 miles and the transmission went out. My ...
I got the 1996 SL model in 2004 when it had only 36,000 miles on it. I had few problems with it, commuting 100 miles roundtrip since then until it hit 211,000 miles and the transmission went out. My mechanic told me that it wasn't worth putting a new or used transmission in it at that point. Otherwise, the car was still working OK; AC blowing cold air, cruise control working, etc. But the interior was coming apart. It's being junked, and not for much money since the car was mostly made of plastic/fiberglass.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Mediocre car

by from on September 25, 2012

I had to replace the transmission 2 years ago.It drove well ever since.Not bad,but not a good choice.I had to get the transmission 2 years ago and its been driving fine.I just need something larger wi...
I had to replace the transmission 2 years ago.It drove well ever since.Not bad,but not a good choice.I had to get the transmission 2 years ago and its been driving fine.I just need something larger with my 4 kids.Good for new drivers.It was ok.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great car fot the money

by from anaheim on September 16, 2012

We bought this car 2 yrs old for 7000.00 w 15,000 miles, for the money it was a great deal. We racked up 200,000 miles on it with these problems replacing,steering cable,radiator,alternator,broken shi...
We bought this car 2 yrs old for 7000.00 w 15,000 miles, for the money it was a great deal. We racked up 200,000 miles on it with these problems replacing,steering cable,radiator,alternator,broken shift lever, surpentine pully and 2 batteries, and a 900.00 clutch. Overall the car is a winner getting great mileage. No luxury here it's commuter car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Still going strong

by from Oceanside, CA on March 22, 2012

I have a 96 Saturn SL1 and I've only replaced the Alternator (early on) and the original starter last year. 14 years on the OEM starter. I've barely laid a finger on it except for oil, batteries, wipe...
I have a 96 Saturn SL1 and I've only replaced the Alternator (early on) and the original starter last year. 14 years on the OEM starter. I've barely laid a finger on it except for oil, batteries, wipers and tires. I've had it outside in the Florida humidity and hurricanes, In Arizona in that heat, over mountains to Lake Tahoe and all along I-10. Even a coast to coast trip from Florida to CA in 4 days. It is easily the best car I have owned to date. I want to get a new car, but just won't until this thing stops running like a swiss watch. Worst decision GM ever made was dumping the Saturn brand. I will keep this vehicle as long as I can, but GM will never see another dime of my money. I've lived in 4 states with this car, and I have never been ripped off at the Saturn service department the way they used to at Ford. I am very sorry Saturn is not more.
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nice little car

by from Iowa on July 26, 2011

i had the 1996 sl1 with a 5 speeed. i got an avg of 34-36mpg and thats running 70mph to work everyday. really wish i didnt sell it now with the gas prices. very little leg room in the rear. didnt have...
i had the 1996 sl1 with a 5 speeed. i got an avg of 34-36mpg and thats running 70mph to work everyday. really wish i didnt sell it now with the gas prices. very little leg room in the rear. didnt have a good audio system. road noise was kinda loud i think going down the road. but all in all its a good little car to get around in. didnt have much power at all. but its an eco car. great for long cruzes. comfortable reliable and easy to maintain. i thought it was a great car. just keep an eye on oil cuz saturns are known to burn oil when they have high miles.
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Does recommend this car!!

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