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Saturn S-Series Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

4 star
gscoulson writes:
Great First Car, Good for Small Families

This was my first car, bought for $6000 at 96,000 miles when it was 4 years old. Great to learn stick on, as it has a shift indicator on the dash and everyone comments that the clutch is super easy to use. Small and nimble, but the sluggish acceleration restrains any youthful stupidity, and it doesn't feel like it would wrap around me like tin foil in a crash. Used this car all through college, getting married, and moving cross-country after graduation. The car got 30mpg city / 45 highway on our honeymoon but is showing its age and now gets about 20mpg city with a family of four. We have two carseats in the back and a double-stroller in the trunk and still have room for cargo in the extra cab and trunk space. Looking for a larger vehicle but will be keeping this one as a commuter. The car has needed significant repair over the years and I've paid more in repairs than I originally did for the vehicle itself, but I still love it. $15,000 lifetime cost-to-own for 10 years of use, and I didn't always take the best care of it in my youth. Had to replace front shocks and struts twice, and have had some engine trouble, and some issues with the battery wiring. But it's paid off and it will get an easier job once the larger vehicle does all the people-hauling.

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Recall Notices

1994 Saturn S-Series (3/23/2006)

Campaign Number: 06E026000
Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
Defect: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Corrective Action: PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.

1996 Saturn S-Series (3/23/2006)

Campaign Number: 06E026000
Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
Defect: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Corrective Action: PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.

1995 Saturn S-Series (3/23/2006)

Campaign Number: 06E026000
Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
Defect: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Corrective Action: PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.

1993 Saturn S-Series (3/23/2006)

Campaign Number: 06E026000
Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Description: CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
Defect: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Corrective Action: PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.