1998 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

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

Pros

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

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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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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.

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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dillon writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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3

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great gas milage and gets me from point a to point b

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burns oil, broken front driver fender and has no power

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Its An Ok Car To Get Around In — performance- horible no acceleration build quality- all plastic apperence- busted up cost of ownership- gas milage was great and maintenance was very low fun factor- the car is not very fun to drive at all but it is very effective in being a mode of transportation

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Thomas writes:
1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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3

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lightweight

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plastic vibrates

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98 Saturn Sl1 4 Door Sedan — For the price of a used SL1 its a decent buy... definitely not the fastest but its decent and very reliable... fuel efficiency is really good... appearance of the car is kinda lame in my mind but overall not a bad car... fun 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?

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

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Love the gas mileage

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way too small to load up the family and go on a long trip for a long time.

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Overall For Commuting Long Distances To And From Work, Great Car. — Excellent braking, good handling, very few repairs needed, maintenance very easy and cheap, car is light making it very fuel efficient. The overall performance of the car is pretty decent for having a 1.9 ltr 4 cyl with dual ovhd cams.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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.

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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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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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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Although The Car Has Some Issues, It Has More Positives Than Negatives. By NRL

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2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Gas Saver With A 3rd Door! By akasnacker

Great car for the most part, good build quality but they used some cheaper parts to build it with. Its kinda rough on the transmission shifts sometimes but pretty smooth for an entry level car etc. Bo... Read More

Great Little Car By bamendt

goes through a lot of oil (not a leak), can kick when going from drive to reverse (have heard others with this issue with the same model, handling is not that great... overall i am very please with th... Read More

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2000 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Very Good Car Everyone Should Have One On The Track By patbrown

good on the track. needs a littel more speed. only running 5500 rpm's on the straight a way. great quailty car, doors are hard to destroy. lots of saturns on the track. good moters and easy to get par... Read More

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1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

I Dont Like Any Car That Isnt Reliable By billybobisbillybob

its hard to write a 40 word survey about a unrelaiable car but I might be able to make it to forty words if I keep writing about this unreliable car that's been sitting in my drive for a month. wait h... Read More

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

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1997 Saturn S-Series Reviews

High On Looks, Low On Value By Dexturn

Sporty but proving expensive. Corners like a boat, parallel parking is a nightmare. Multiple blind spots due to window placements, heavy doors, low-to-ground seating. Bought this in the summer and it ... Read More

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

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