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1996 Saturn SL1 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Saturn SL1

1996 Saturn SL1 Problems

The timing chain may come into contact with the timing cover, causing noise in the engine. Replacement of worn timing chain components will be necessary to correct this concern.

The alternator may fail causing the charge light to illuminate. Driving with this condition will eventually cause the engine to stall due to low system voltage.

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

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1996 Saturn SL1 Questions

Next morning, car wouldn't start. The key turns, but it won't turn over. It's not making any sounds. The lights are not coming on, all electronic parts of car won't work. I don't know if it's the alternator or the battery. Any suggestions?

Stared when ignition was stuck, then it was replaced now radio and wipers won't come on.

the check engine light comes on the code reader says gear ratio is incorrect. (733, 734) I reset the computer and all is good for another 500- 750 mls then again no 3rd or 4th gear. Just before this happens I notice a hard banging shift especially on hills. there is 90,000 mls on the car.
The c...

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1996 Saturn SL1 Reviews

I've owned several cars of various makes, but this one by far is the best I've had the pleasure of driving. Got it in January 2006 with 160000 on the odometer. It now has 263000 miles. I have replaced some suspension parts, as one should on a car with that high of mileage. A 5-speed manual, shifting is easy and smooth. Clutch may have been replaced prior to me buying it, I'm not sure, but ei...

I've had this car 11 years has 152K on it and only had to do minor maintance, oil changes, brake, tires, tune up etc. great car for the money, it's been good to me for sure.

is a great car

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