1999 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

1999 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 55 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:3.4 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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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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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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Luke writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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5

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dependable, clean styling, fun to drive

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cheap interior, also would reccomend going for a better equipped model that has power door locks and windows.

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Easily Overlooked-- But Shouldn't Be. — Handles well, quick acceleration, and good fuel economy. Only needed minor repairs, but never let us down. Outside plastic body panels eliminate rust and door dings. Inside could be nicer, but it was a cheap car. Though i will say that the interior is still looking like new. Hauls fairly large items better than many bigger sedans. Fun and economical make it a good choice for a small family car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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TheHorror writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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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 fairly 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 company was still in business, I would consider owning another Saturn. 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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Steven writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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fast, fun, easy to drive and easy on the wallet

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with spirited driveing the transmission just wont hold

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Car Was A Joy To Drive — this car changed my perspective of compact economy cars. when i bought a saturn i thought i was getting a boreing gutless grandma-mobile. i was wrong. the amount of power that saturn gave me was a pleasant surprise. with the 4 wheel independant suspension it handled better than anything id ever owned before and asked for more. after the power mods it out performed my freinds honda civic SI al the way up to 140MPH, and still gave me 35+MPG!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tats_and_holes writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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handling, fuel economy

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transmission issues, constantly in need of oil

tats_and_holes
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Fun Little Everyday Car — Some transmission problems and eats through oil! Otherwise really nice for road trips and just everyday running! Handles really nicely. 185,500+ miles and still running! Got into an accident, got hit in the rear, and you'd never know (love the composite body)!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nick writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 2 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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5

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Good MPG, Good Responce

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Differential Pin in the S-Series Transmission is faulty

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I Love Ittt — its zippy, quick, handles tight in the corners, stops fairly quickly, i mean its a fun little car that i love to drive plus you dont see that many of them out with people my age driving them atleast not around here...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kris writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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fun

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size, she is a small car...

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Awsome — She runs well, handles good, and is fine at breaking. I haven't had to take her into get repaired but because of being mostly plastic you do get alot of road noise. The SL2 homecomming eddition looks a lil more sporty than an average saturn. I love driving this car, it may only be a 4 cylinder but she has some kick...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Alex writes:
1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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Fun, fuel efficient

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Low power, transmission problems

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Nice Cheap Fun Car — Lots of torque but still lacks in power. Quick city driving. Kick it down into the passing gear for some fun. Be easy on the tranny though, I've blown through one before from having too much fun. After you get used to the feel of it, it can very fun to drive around town.

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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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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great Car! By microWaves

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 w... Read More

Good Family Car, Great Gas Mileage By MSJ

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 cumber... 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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