1999 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1999 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • 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:3.4 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
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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"fuel economy" 30 reviews
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"reliable car" 7 reviews
CONS
"power" 8 reviews
"transmission" 5 reviews
"oil" 3 reviews
"weak power" 3 reviews
"window" 3 reviews

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littlehorn writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Parts are inexpensive, repairs are logical and easy to complete with basic hand tools.

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Two transmission problems are noted for the automatic transmission in this vehicle.  The valve body can cause a slam into reverse after many miles.  This is an easy, although expensive, fix, requiring the replacement of the valve body assembly with a rebuilt unit, which costs around $500-600.  

The other problem is that a roll pin in the differential inside the transmission can work itself loose and rub a hole in the transmission case, which causes replacement of the transmission due to leaking.

littlehorn
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Great American Automobile At An Affordable Price — The 1999 Saturn SL-1 is an affordable offering from Saturn which is not only easy on the eyes, but also on the wallet. Available with either a 1.9L single overhead cam (SL-1) or a 1.9L dual overhead cam (SL-2) and a manual or automatic transmission, the SL-1 is typically found used in the $3000-6000 range in excellent condition.

Owner for 1 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:12,000

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billybobisbillybob writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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cheap on gas

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NOT RELIABLE

billybobisbillybob
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I Dont Like Any Car That Isnt Reliable — 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 here is ONE word. UNRELIABLE

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Stephanie writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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I wouldn't

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quality sucks

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Never, Ever Buy A Saturn — This was my high school car. Parents bought it for me, looking more at price than looks, preformance, quality, durability... all of the above. that being said i don't reccomend anyone ever to buy a saturn. that company has done nothing but loose money for the past 20 years, no wonder though cause they just can't make a quality car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alexandria writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Great fuel economy, cheap gas!!!  A very reliable road trip or around town car!

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Doesn't accelerate so fast, but I am not in a NASCAR race!

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A Great Car! — I love this car. Paid 5 grand for it and it was worth every penny.

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TheHorror writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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4

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Solid fuel economy. Cavernous cargo space. Low cost of ownership.

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Underpowered base engine. Crude interior quality.

TheHorror
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Inexpensive Utilitarian Workhorse — 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 luxury, the car suited my needs well. I routinely saw 28+ mpg in city driving. The wagon back was great when moving, or camping. Over 60k miles and five years of ownership, the car never once left me stranded. The SW1 was not without it's faults, though. While power was adequate for city driving, a little more would have been helpful for highway merging or when loaded up with cargo. In retrospect, I wish I would have held out for the twin cam engine - the gas milage is almost identical to the base offering, and twenty more horses is a substantial improvement. The interior was of typical 90's GM (low) quality, with a cacophony of squeaks and rattles. Various panels from under the dash refused to stay in place, to the point where I gave up trying to keep them affixed. While overall reliable, the car did need several repairs beyond basic maintenance - One of the headlights had a habit of burning itself out; the rear wiper motor needed replacement; the engine started burning oil around 90k miles (a common problem for these Saturns, I learned); engine mounts needed replacing at 100k; the transmission began slipping at 115k (also a common occurrence with this transmission). When the transmission started to go, I decided to part ways with the wagon. I had gotten more than my money's worth from it at that point. Overall, I was satisfied with my ownership experience. If the S-series was still in would production, I would consider owning another. As it is now though, the availability of spare parts has to be dwindling for these cars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Josh writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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5

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Affordability, Gas Mileage, Reliability

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Burns oil, really low to the ground, small interior

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Incredible Little Car — My Saturn owes me nothing. I bought it used in 2004 for $1900 with 60,000 miles on it and currently have 170,000 miles on it. The car still gets good gas mileage (37 avg. with a 5 speed) and I have only had to perform routine maintenance and replace a starter. The interior of the car is a bit Spartan and small, but for one or two people, it is an ideal choice for everyday commutes or even road trips. I have driven my Saturn to 31 states plus Mexico and Canada and she performs just as well in the desert as in the mountains. I even regularly strap my canoe to the top of the car and it performs as if nothing was there, I would say if you are interested in the SL1, definitely get a 5 speed because power is lacking in the automatic and buy low. These cars are good for 200k miles plus if you treat them well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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sweet60chevy writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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fuel mileage

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not in business anymore

sweet60chevy
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Most Bang For Your Buck — I drive my 99 sl1 close to 100 miles a day (90 to and from wolrk) it is such a great pratical car, it was very cheap, gets Amazing mileage..... I get normally 36-39 doing 60-75mpg on HILLS, the fold down rear seats come in handy.... i;ve hauled a 23 foot long roll of carpet with mine car, roomy enough for 4 full sized adults I've had 5 but they did look a bit snug. I'm a Die hard gm fan and they made a big mistake killing the saturn (and pontiac) brand. I get close to the same mileage as the hidious looking smart car, but I can fit 5 people for a fraction of the price. Saturns are a great buy and I highly recomend them all. Once this car takes a dump I'll be getting another saturn

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matt writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Nice sturdy car.

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Cheap build

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Clear — Good car, just wasnt taken care of by the previous owners. Has never been serviced at the appropriate intervals, and it is wearing out. When you are buying a car, specifically ask about its sevicing, when each one was done : powertrain, brakes, suspension, ect. Bring someone to look at the car that knows what to look for.

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Jack writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Sounds good accelerating

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Interior looks bad, back is smashed

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Bleh — Acceleration- garbage, automatic tranny Braking- okay Handling- good Build- took a wall to the rear end and still drives well Appearance- smashed right rear quarter panel Interior- gross tan color, bucket seats Gas Mileage- pretty good Fun Factor- not bad Wouldn't recommend it (unless you wanna buy mine)

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Wench1 writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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Roomy, like the hatchback better than a trunk

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Engine way too small ... only a 1.9 litre ... needs more power

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Best Car I've Owned To Date — Comfortable, handles well, easy to clean and I finally have a car with heat and air BOTH WORKING!!!!! Who knew the basics could be a luxury?!?

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1991 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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1992 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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1993 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Cute Little Car. By Just-d

runs forever and has some issues. its small, but its a coupe. however for a daily car its okay. and for emergency it saves gas. afforable car and not too costly on repairs. college student kinda car. ... Read More

Great Little First Time Car That Was Cheap And Good Fuel Millage By Jared

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1994 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great Reliability Until They Die By Katiecar

I bought this car used with only 117K, it lasted 13 years!!!!!!!!!!! With very little repairs. It was nice to drive, especially in the beginning. It outlasted some of the newer cars on the road. I alw... Read More

Awesome Car, I Would Buy Another One. By cold_steel90

Great acceleration for a 1.9L, and braking work great especially since the car is so light. Lastly, safety... I met another fellow Saturn owner, same model as mine, who had rolled his a few years ago.... Read More

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1995 Saturn S-Series Reviews

6th Rock By Interceptor

Overall the coupe has been a great car, I'm very sad to see the age begin to show. Driving to work one day on the while recently I noticed the drivers-side headlight seemed to be moving. It turned o... Read More

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I was amazed that this little blender car was so smooth-but when i hit the gas she took off like a jet found it for 2300,00 I feel like a kid again I love her she is beautifull,easy to drive proud to ... Read More

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