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1998 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1998 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"oil" 3 reviews
"steering" 2 reviews
"driver" 2 reviews
"expensive part" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 34 1998 Saturn S-Series reviews.

Evan writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Great on gas, a fair balance between performance and efficiency.  No rust because of the fiberglass body, and the engine will surely run for a very long time.  Good looks, especially the white paint that always looks clean from a distance no matter how dusty it is.  Decent acceleration for a 124 hp I4.  Average 2 weeks on a tank of gas.  CD player, power windows, power locks, and keyless entry with anti theft are great features for a '98.

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It's definitely not a rocket.  This car could be much more appealing with a more powerful engine. Made of composite materials, not as sturdy as cars made of fully galvanized steel.  Limited availability of styling and performance parts, you can only do so much with the older Saturns unless it is custom work.  Also, the car was manufactured with the sunroof option, but unfortunately mine does not have one (oh well).

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#1 Economical Sports Car In My Book — The DOHC I4 engine is a must for this car, any less probably won't cut it. Rated at 124 hp, I'm happy with its performance. Fast enough off the line where if I want a little extra, it's there. Not the best in the power category, but what can you expect? The handling and breaking are very good however. A dry flow intake, iridium spark plugs, and exhaust modifications are all I need to be happy with this car. 30 mpg definitely saves me money, and with a 12 gallon fuel tank, I beat everyone I know with the amount it costs to fill it up. In addition, depending on how much I drive, I can go about an average of 2 weeks on every fill up. It's got all the necesseties like power windows and power mirrors, even an equilizer on the stock CD/radio that I enjoy. 5-speed manual is also a must for anyone who is to enjoy this machine properly. Entire body is made of fiber glass except for the hood which is metal, so no rust. Absolutely no major repairs done to date, almost none in reality. I can drive this car without anything to worry about. A Honda may have a great reputation for reliability, but they also hold their value. Saturns are definitely overlooked for their used market sticker price (also good because I get a break on taxes). Just broke 100k miles and I'm sure this car will continue to serve me well.

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MSJ writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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4

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Fuel economy, surprisingly spacious, and great for a family vehicle

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No power steering, not hugely powerful

MSJ
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Great Car, Fuel Efficient, Perfect For Daily Use — This is a great car for everyday needs. It's fuel efficient, handles well, and is a great family car. There's no power steering, which is a pain for parallel parking but is fine the rest of the time. Not a very powerful car, but if you're not looking to drag race it, it should get the job done.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ben writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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4

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Acceleration and top speed, sleeper

Cons

oil burner

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I Like It But Wish I Had A Manual Transmission — Performance: Incredible acceleration for a 1.9 4-banger but needs stiffer handling Build Quality: Engine burns oil but car doesnt rust and is a good car to put a system in. (minimal rattling in the trunk ) Appearance: sleeper car Cost: low maintenance Fun Factor: Hell yeah its a fun car to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Seth writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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5

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Its a 5 speed manual?

Cons

Its a 1.9 ltr....

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Saturn...the Car That Never Dies.... — Built to last....end of story. Mines a 5 speed manual, so thats what makes it more fun to drive. Nothing has ever gone wrong with it. It has 146 k and all original except for cat. Its a 1.9 ltr SOHC. i WISH it was the DOHC (dual overhead cam) but alas. Its a very solid car, body is solid. 32-39 mpg, and basic maintence required (oil change, spark plug change, fuel system maintence, radiator flush, clutch fluid change, brake fluid change, etc etc.)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Daniel writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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4

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fun car, roomy.

Cons

would like some better aftermarker

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Sw2 — Awesome little car great gas mileage and definatly fun to drive, would definatly buy another one in a heart beat. The only thing i have to do is put gas and change the oil nothing more reliable starts up every time.

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Bryan writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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OK cheap, reliable car.

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bad piston/ engine design.

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Saturn Sl2 — Poorly designed engine/ pistons. oil control ring clogs, and results in excessive burning of oil. Has lots of rattles and noises. Traction control is flaky. Not too bad to drive around tho. Fairly nimble, and corners well enough. Other than the burning oil, its been very reliable.

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Sean3016 writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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Cheap, Reliable, Great on Gas

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Cheap, Could Look Better

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Great Starter Car — OK, what can I say? It is a Saturn, so it is made of mostly plastic, so the fit and finish isn't all that great and everything seems to rattle. But it is still relatively light weight because of it so it gets good mileage. The car isn't the fastest accelerating either, but i have the SOHC engine so that could have something to do with it. I have driven it for over 20k miles now in the two years I have not had any mechaincal issues with the car at all. I am currently getting 28 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. I got it for $2700 and it has been worth every penny. I put a nice stereo in it and play it loud enough most of the time so I don't hear the rattles. Great first car for anyone.

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Dawn writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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4

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Very inexpensive to maintain. Easy to access most parts. GREAT fuel economy - 30ish around town 35 highway.

Cons

As the car gets older, things need to be replaced, and I've discovered that Saturn parts aren't cheap! $130 for a fuel filter - that's pretty ridiculous.

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Runs Great, Very Reliable, But Not Aftermarket Parts - $aturn Only. — Very inexpensive to maintain. Easy to access most parts. GREAT fuel economy - 30ish around town 35 highway.

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microWaves writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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Get great has mileage, great car if you like fixing things yourself.

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Power.

microWaves
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Great Car! — I like everything about the car in general, nothing wrong with it um just a few little things need to be replaced. honestly I would recommend this car for a first timer, great for college and people who have low budgets.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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MSJ writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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4

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Great gas mileage, especially on the highway.  Perfect for road trips or everyday use - it handles just fine, and has plenty of storage.  Car-seats fit in well, great family vehicle.

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No power steering, eats oil

MSJ
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Good Family Car, Great Gas Mileage — This is a great day-to-day car, for any sort of commuting or errand-running. Great for road trips, as it has good storage and fantastic mpg on the highway. The lack of power-steering is a bit cumbersome, but overall, it's a solid car.

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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Reliable And Efficient By STouchton

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2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Overall Nice Car! By dwalt4719

Consistently gets around 28 MPG. Really comfortable car for the smaller driver. The back seats are especially cramped for a bigger person. The third door makes getting things out of the back quite eas... Read More

The Best I Have Ever Owned! By CastMember

I LOVE Saturn Coupes. Not fond of the Sedans or SUV! But to me this was the most affordable car, back when they first came out, and even now. I would take (buy) a ten year old Saturn...before getting... Read More

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2000 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Reliable, Economical Car. By EmilySaturn

This car is not the most beautiful, but it served me well and is pretty reliable for a 14 year old car. No AC is a problem for me, but if you need an affordable car with great gas mileage this is the ... Read More

Great Gas Mileage Car!!! By topsecretauto

This Car gets great gas mileage!!!! There's not a whole lot of room for tall people. But with that said, this really is a great car!! The gas mileage alone makes up for the lack of room in the back fo... Read More

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1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Inexpensive Utilitarian Workhorse By TheHorror

I purchased my Saturn wagon in 2006, with 52k on the odometer. I was looking for a reliable and efficient daily driver, no frills necessary. Having no high expectations for performance, style or luxur... Read More

Scale Of 1-10 I Give Her A *8* By davePEREZ

Didn't Know it made of Plastic Body Parts....Cost more to insure..... Can't tell you Maint. Cost , As I have not had any issues with it so far.....just brought it...10/2013......Nice Line, Solid Runs ... Read More

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1997 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Good To Get Around In. By sciteacher

it's a basic car to get around in. It has a tight turning circle which makes its manuerving ability very nice. Good on gas. Has a nice look to it even for its age. Manual is hard on the knees. Read More

Reliable Commuter By shi98013

I have enjoyed driving this car. It has been reliable. Once around 200,000 miles started to top off oil when refueling. only issues is sometimes hard to start, 1 power window periodically fails, 1 ... Read More

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