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1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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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?!?

Pros: Roomy, like the hatchback better than a trunk

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

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1999 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Dentproof — whole body is made of grapphite very light good luck maintaining traction in the rain. i had aftermarket exhaust and a short ram intake and a 5spd quick off the line 1.9L DOHC pulled pretty nicely but handling was piss poor

Pros: quick off the line

Cons: no handling and top speeds were very hard to reach

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1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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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

Pros: Parts are inexpensive, repairs are logical and easy to complete with basic hand tools.

Cons: 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.

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1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW1 Wagon Review
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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

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

Cons: Underpowered base engine. Crude interior quality.

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1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan Review
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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

Pros: dependable, clean styling, fun to drive

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

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1999 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Its Alright — it runs and runs and runs. it gets good gas mileage. its easy to work on. it goes down the road smooth. its got alot of road noise. over all, i think i like the car. my girlfriend drives it everyday and loves it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: good gas

Cons: lots of road noise

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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

2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Gas Saver With A 3rd Door! By Paul

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

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

1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Wonder Full Car.... By Teresa

This is a great car for communing. It handles well and cruses like a jewel. Trunk space is ample and it is very reliable. This car is such an under-appreciated and over looked car. It has been very i... Read More

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

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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