1996 Saturn SL1 Repair and Maintenance

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

1996 Saturn SL1 Problems

Contamination of extended life coolant
Extended life coolant may become contaminated and require cooling system service before the recommended 100,000 miles.
Stalling/Charge Light Illumination Due to Failed Alternator

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.

Timing Chain May Come Into Contact With Timing Cover and Make Noise

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.

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1996 Saturn SL1 Recalls

Horn Failure

The horn could fail and overheat. resulting in a possible engine compartment fire. Dealers will replace the horn assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Roof Panel Welds Insufficient

The roof panel welds may not be sufficiently made to prevent panel separation in an accident. Dealers will reinforce the roof flange with structural fasteners free of charge to resolve the concern.

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1996 Saturn SL1 Reviews

i purchased my 96 saturn sl1 for 400 bucks plus some rims w 205000 on it ive been driving this car for over a year and a half the best car i ever owned all i have put into it was two front tires new ball joins front brakes and a tune up now my car has 250000 miles and still runs its slugish but due miles its normal i think its a five speed so good gas milage overall a great car
I bought my SL1 new in 1996. Best car I ever owned. Great gas mileage even at 15 yrs old. Now has 106500 miles. Drove cross country, Colorado to South Carolina (1800 miles), and spent less than $400 on gas. Was in shop once for alternator (1999) but have not had a problem since. This is a great car!
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...

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