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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Saturn SL1

1996 Saturn SL1

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1996 Saturn SL1 Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

The rubber section of an automatic transmission cooler line may develop a fluid leak . In some cases the leaking section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this concern.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

1996 Saturn SL1 Questions and Answers

parkman, 1996 Saturn SL1, SOHC, South Bend, IN

I didn't find a listing for thermostat replacement and radiator flush.

babysay80, 1996 Saturn SL1, Mc Lean, VA

It has 40,000 miles (driven short distances only).
Should I have a coolant flush performed although I am not having problems? Just because the last one performed was in 2002 (or so my dealership ...

babysay80, 1996 Saturn SL1, Mc Lean, VA

Both sun visors (driver side+front passenger side) need to be replaced due to tears on the fabric. The screws etc.. may still be good.
The dealership wants $120 for the 2 visors and $60 for labor...

Visitor, 1996 Saturn SL1, SOHC, Wakefield, RI

Started out not going into 1st,now 2nd. All cables are ok will shift into 3rd,4th,5th,and reverse,with or without clutch engaged while car is off.Will go into 1st and 2nd if i put pressure on the s...

mandiemc, 1996 Saturn SL1, Hugo, MN

Hello, I've been working on my brakes for the past two days, had the common rotor wear (bumpy stops) and have the struts making for a bumpy ride (again common because, it's got 170k miles...

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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 either way I take care of my car, and my car never lets me down.

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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