1996 SW

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1996 Saturn SW

$1,609 - $2,893  MSRP Range
1996 Saturn SW

Review Score

4.0 out of 5 stars

4.0

6 Reviews
Score Breakdown
3.5 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.2 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.7 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.7 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.3 out of 5 stars Performance
4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

great little thing

by bukowski from on Mon Sep 28 2009

killer car! safe and reliable, lots of room in the boot. my dogs love it and i can move things around.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reliable and fuel efficient

by Saturnian from Greenwich, CT on Sun Sep 20 2009

I have put over 160000 on this bad boy and it still runs like a gem. I haul my drums around to gigs and have room for a passenger. Once in a while it needs something routine but has never left me on the side of the road. I'd like to put another 100000 on it!@

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Very Good, Reliable Car

by Family Guy from Wisconsin on Sun Jun 07 2009

We have had great luck with our SW2. 157,000 miles so far and few maintenance issues at all. Reliability is probably the most important thing to me for a car. This car has been a great value. I drove up for several years and now my wife has driven for the last five. She is pretty hard on cars but this one has held up. Although it's not to everyone's liking, we like the look and versatility of the wagon.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

what a trooper

by alohalady from vermont on Mon Dec 26 2011

by tomorrow she'll have 205K miles, needs things but still runs, ALWAYS starts, gets great mpg. traction control is awesome. is a beast in the snow. body looks fantastic for a 15 year old car, that's all to the dent resistant sides. I would buy this car again in a second.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

Worst engine since the Vega

by Current BMW 7 series owner from Santa Barbara, CA on Tue May 08 2007

Three cracked cylinder heads in 150,000 miles. Never again will I buy a new Saturn! Good gas mileage, but extremely high maintenance cost due to failure of cylinder heads! What was GM thinking when they designed this car?

1 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
1 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
1 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does not recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

still reliable

by CB from central NH on Sun Jan 05 2014

Still runs good at 92K, very fuel efficient and practical. My major gripe is that I have to replace the valve cover gasket again for the second time.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Saturn SW

Whenever anybody asks me about buying Saturn automobiles, the first thing I tell them is: Go for the better engine.

There's a reason for that. The 124-horsepower twin-cam engine is a lovely mill, powerful and flexible, that gets good gas mileage and provides pleasing performance. The lesser engine, a single-cam version, is a slug.

Unfortunately, that's what Saturn provided for road testing - in a station wagon, no less - and coupled with an overworked automatic transmission.

Naturally, Saturn is a sentimental favorite with just about everybody. GM's grand experiment, cars built by people for people, American know-how, reliability, fun, friendly dealers, country music, mom, apple pie, all... Read More