1998 Saturn S-Series Review | Edmunds.com

1998 Saturn S-Series

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Saturn S-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 100 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Saturn S-Series

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Optional traction control. Optional ABS. Composite dent- and rust-resistant side body panels.

  • Cons

    Questionable styling. Ultra-cheap interior materials.

  • What's New for 1998

    All models get reduced-force front airbags, and sedans and wagons get new seat fabrics. The SC2, SL2 and SW2 are equipped with new headrests, and the optional alarm system now has a programmable passive arming feature. On the mechanical side, structural upgrades to the engine blocks and transmission case housing are said to reduce noise and increase durability. Additionally, the automatic transmission's programming has been tweaked to reduce hunting on hills and improve shift quality. And Saturn says that revised shock absorbers on all cars provide a smoother ride. Restyled alloy wheels and plastic wheel covers round out the changes.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great little car

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SW2 4dr Wagon

Bought with 125,000 miles on it. It runs really well. It is quite for a small car that is 16 years old. Everything still works well including a/c, power windows, brakes, locks and such. The paint looks great and clear coat is coming off. It is fun to drive and the 1.9 engine gets great gas mileage and has plenty of spunk. Our sw2 has the automatic transmission and it shifts well with no problems. I am 56 years old and have had all kinds of vehicles. This one would rank about a three on a scale of 5 for overall use. It is no firebird or mustang but it is a really great little car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Get one!

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

Grab one now! They are AMAZING cars. It was my first car, my uncle and I re-built the engine on it (had 210,000) and I have since put 40,000 on. I get un-believable gas milage and the car won't quit. Small parts here and there to fix...but they are so basic and easy to work on I've only taken it to the mechanic once (because I didn't have a hoist). Average 42/32 mpg. IT is actually really good in the snow, (front wheel drive/manual) I have passed guys in 4x4 spinning out and sliding while I putt on by with chains. If you are looking for a first car...get this one hands down no questions!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Saturn suspension

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

New struts/springs make a big difference. I couldn't be happier with my Saturn now. Rides like new, gets me to and from work almost for free compared to my old work car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Better mpg then a prius!

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I love it! I got it used with 210,000 miles on it with a siezed engine for 300 dollars. Rebuilt the engine and I have now put almost 20,000 miles on it in less then a year and the car is fine! The transmission and everything else is original and it is acting fine. I get on average 45 mpg hwy, and 32 mpg city. Small enough that if you need to parallel park you and your friend can lift it into the space (its been done). And because of the front wheel drive/manual tranny combo it does amazingly well in the snow!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I owe this car a

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC2 2dr Coupe

I created an account just for the purpose to compliment this vehicle. It's my wifes car, we've had it for about 5 years and 80,000 miles. It's at 166,000 right now and it still runs, drives, and looks great. I'm 6'3" 200lbs so I'm not a fan of smaller cars, but really this isn't too bad. Plain and simple, it is without a doubt the most affordable, most reliable, trouble free car I have EVER owned, been around or known of - Period. I'm my own mechanic, I know cars and I know things like brakes, tires, and mufflers wear out. That's about all we've had to replace on this car - And the best part is all the parts are super cheap! Average of 30 MPG with a driving ratio of 70 hwy/ 30 city



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

323,000 miles and still going

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan

I bought my 98 Saturn SL2 5 speed manual new in 1998 and I can't believe after 323,000 miles that it is still going strong. Yes I have had to replace many things, but never anything major like a transmission. It is now burning oil but you would expect that at this point. It has been great not having a car payment for the last 8 years. If you want a basic car that gets you from point A to point B this would be the car. I am just disapointed that GM discontinued the Saturn. I will be sad to see my Saturn go when the time comes.



Full 1998 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 1998

All models get reduced-force front airbags, and sedans and wagons get new seat fabrics. The SC2, SL2 and SW2 are equipped with new headrests, and the optional alarm system now has a programmable passive arming feature. On the mechanical side, structural upgrades to the engine blocks and transmission case housing are said to reduce noise and increase durability. Additionally, the automatic transmission's programming has been tweaked to reduce hunting on hills and improve shift quality. And Saturn says that revised shock absorbers on all cars provide a smoother ride. Restyled alloy wheels and plastic wheel covers round out the changes.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 24
  • cty
/
  • 36
  • highway
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