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.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Saturn SL2
1996 Saturn SL2
1996 Saturn SL2 Problems
The power steering hoses commonly leak fluid. Any leaking hoses should be replaced.
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.
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.
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.
1996 Saturn SL2 Questions and Answers
how do i compress the valve springs to change the seals i have a lot of oil leaking into the cylinders
A mechanic told me I needed brake fluid flush service - Charged $90.00 for the service. A friend said that is unnecessary and that I got ripped off. What is the real story?
Please help me. My car will not start once it is warm. It has no problem starting when it's in the morning, or when the car has had a chance to cool. I am Southern and female, and now livin...
I have the following engine fault codes come up when the computer is plugged in:
P0155, P0141, P0562, P0563, P0560, P0565 and P0605. Are all of these due to the need for another Alternator/voltage...
1996 Saturn SL2 Reviews
i have a saturn and 9 years good gas milage 29mpg endurable engine except for the a/c compressor clutch.
No major problems except those associated with age. Decent work horse, not fancy, could be more comfortable for taller drivers. Not crazy about the steering, always seemed a little loose but they use a special valve steering system so it's okay, my wife has no issues with it.
We purchased this vehicle new in 1996 and have had absolutely no problems with it. The interior and exterior have held up. It gets about 32 mpg and is a blast to drive. We have replaced the battery twice, new tires once, brakes once in 87000 miles, but no major repairs to any component (engine,transmission,etc.) Great vehicle; other manufacturers should model themselves after Saturn.
My second is our 1996 SL2.
When I bought it the engine was ill and I knew it.
I swapped the engine and all was not perfect.
We have had a series of issues that take time to fix.
Passing emissions is the biggest headache, with many "code" issues and many hours troubleshooting piddly problems.
We have replaced a drivers window motor(easy from the outside). and have many cosmetic and small issues.
This was a cheap, cheaply made car that has excellent performance and mileage, however suffers from nagging small issues that make it a pain.