1997 Saturn S-Series Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
3.5
2 Reviews
Overall
3.5
Value
3.5
Performance
3.5
Style
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0

1997 Saturn S-Series Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1997 Saturn S-Series - Saturns may be old, but they are reliable!

S-Series Owner
Roosevelt, New Jersey
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
My Saturn S-Series is over 20 years old, but with its relatively low mileage (~60k), and it's good gas mileage, it has been the perfect starter car. For one, I love that the exterior is a plastic that does not rust or scratch easily. The tan cloth seats also ensure that the car does not get too hot in the summer heat. In addition, both the heating and AC system are very powerful--it does not take very long for my car to heat up or cool down. My only complaints are that the fabric at the top of the car's interior has worn away and become shredded, and the power windows can often take a long time to roll up or down. In addition, sometimes my key can get stuck in the ignition such that I can't turn it, which can be frustrating. Another potentially negative thing is how this vehicle fairs ... (more)
Story
My favorite memory was taking my car all the way from Delaware up to New Hampshire and back. It's the longest journey my car has ever had, and we were a little bit dubious if it would make it. However, it held up the entire way, and it didn't cost as much in gas as I would have expected.
Pros
My favorite thing about this car is its general reliability. In the past few years I have not had to make many repairs to it. It's only broken down once. In addition, I love how much space I get for it being a sedan. I can put my seats in the back down and pack my entire car with things. The back seat is also very roomy compared to other cars, so even people who are slightly taller can be comfortable. In addition, the cassette player has held up over time as well. It is compatible with an auxiliary device, which means I can still listen to my favorite songs without having a built in USB ca... (more)
Cons
My least favorite things about this car include the fabric of the roof's interior, the way that it fairs in poor weather, and the sound system. Often times, the sound system will go in and out as I drive. Sometimes when I hit bumps, it will fade out on one side, and then when I hit another bump, it will come back. In addition, sometimes the front windshield can fog up really badly during the cold weather, since the window takes a while to heat up with the rest of the car. This can be very frustrating while driving and still being able to maintain visibility. The other frustrating thing is ... (more)

1997 Saturn S-Series - Good "Ole Blue."

Chris
Whittier, California
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
3.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
The Saturn SL2 was my first car. It was may car for college. It was a few years old when I received it as a gift from my mother. I used it mostly for work in the area, partying with my friends and driving up and down the coast in California.
Story
I remember driving up the California coast with my college buddies with the windows down while drinking milk shakes.
Pros
The good things about the car was that it was reliable and safe. I think it was the perfect car for me for college. The interior was mostly clean. It was a standard dark grey upholstery and tan colored cloth. It had a lot of space and the basic radio, CD player, A/C, etc. that one would expect in such a car at the time.
Cons
The driver side window gave me trouble for years. It wouldn't roll do in cold weather. The interior started to fade, and the ceiling cloth started to hang. After a while, it was becoming too expensive to maintain the vehicle, and it had quite a few miles on it (over 150K).

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