1998 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1998 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"ride" 12 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"oil" 3 reviews
"expensive part" 2 reviews
"driver" 2 reviews
"speed" 2 reviews

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1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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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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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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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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1998 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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Effiency, looks, comfort

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Quality of materials

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Dylan's Saturn. — I like the fuel efficiency, and the basic look of my car. I hate how cheaply its make. Its a Saturn, so its made mostly out of plastic. The front seats have these stupid seatbelt presenters, and they break easily, and don't let the belt retract properly. Its a really fun car to drive, and its got a lot of pep for only having a 1.9L engine. The power windows are really noisy, but I love the placement of everything on the dash. It sits really low to the ground, and you feel like you're going to die when a big truck passes you. Its a very light car, so when its windy, or a gravel truck drive on the other side of the road and pass you, you're blown all over the road.

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1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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1.9L 4 cylinder is sweet

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old

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Very Nice — i beat the crap out of this car. burnout are hard on the cluch an my budy cant beleave that its only a 1.9 L!!!

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1998 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Saturn Sc2. — THe nose is uhgly. It's a little rattly and it's so short it's a pain to get out of.

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1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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Very inexpensive to maintain. Easy to access most parts. GREAT fuel economy - 30ish around town 35 highway.

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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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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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1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Drives good

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It's a Saturn

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It's A Saturn — It's blue with several scrathes on it from when i bought it. It runs pretty good. The interior is pretty good as well. I have to get several repairs done on it like when my third and fourth gears stoped working once. Otherwise nothing major.

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1998 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Relatively cheap to insure and maintain.  Plastic body resists dents.  Engine has pretty decent power at 4000+ rpm, but will also go down as far as 1500 without stalling, so it's a pretty forgiving car to learn to drive stick shift on.

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Engine is noisier and vibrates more than other cars I've had, and revs pretty high at highway speed.  Needs to downshift on long uphill grades.

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Not As Refined As Its Japanese Competitors, But Not Bad For An American Car. — It's neither the slowest nor the fastest car I've driven, neither the smallest nor the largest, neither the prettiest nor the ugliest, neither the most reliable nor the least... You get the idea. It has some nice and unique features, such as the plastic body panels which seem to have been dropped from newer Saturn models for no good reason. It doesn't have the acceleration of the Nissan Maxima I used to have, but it does feel like it has a lower center of gravity. It's not without its problems, but it's as good or better than any other American car of its size and era.

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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Why you chose your car? I purchased my car because at the time my son was 10 years old. This made it a great car for me because the third door to the rear bench seat does not open unless the driver’... Read More

A Car To Have Faith In By otakugirl

Car is sleek on the outside and comfortable inside, even if it is a bit cramped. Great for cruising in town and on highway, but lacks a fast take off. I was hoping for more room in the trunk as we ten... Read More

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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

Great And Cheap By Lana

Had my saturn S for 7 yrs, 4th owner, paid 2000. replaced tranny and clutch, and did about 1500 bucks worth of repairs including that in those 7yrs. Since I bought it, horn doesn't work, and no one ca... Read More

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

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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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