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1998 Saturn S-Series

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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

  Average Consumer Rating (14 total reviews)

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.




The good, the bad, &

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I bought this car used. I think this was in a flood because it has had a very unusual repair history. I have not added it up, but the car may have exceeded its original list price in repair bills. The original owner had a stack of receipts & in 3 years I've spent over $2000 on repairs. Always starts - wish it would just die so I would junk it. I don't want to condemn the brand, but I think Saturns come in 3 styles- Good, Bad, & Ugly- I have a really ugly one. I really hate this car & I'm still driving it. If you buy a bad one, donate it & get rid of it. Plan on getting rid of mine soon.+ Getting out of it kills your back & knees nor fat friendly.




Best coupe out of ten

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I have owned over 10 cars (Celicas, Corollas, Camero, Firebird) and have driven many (Honda Civic, Prelude, Volks., etc.), this is the Best over all car I have owned or driven: based on performance, reliability and fuel economy.




98 sc1, underestimated but reliable

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

Own this car for 7 years, underestimated car in the coupe category even not necessary the top one! Lost cost for maintenance, very reliable, efficient engine (with low fuel consumption for 98 model and still (more efficient & mileage with plus/supreme fuel then regular). No wonder GM integrated this ''test'' engine for Saturn into the other GM line. Only bad note, transmission component to be change every 3-4 years.




Amazing

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I have had this car since 48000 miles. It currently has 126000. I've had this car since I was 16. I was kind of hard on it in high school but it still runs like new. It burns a little oil but besides that it runs like a new car, starts right up, and goes on long trips. Plus almost 40MPG is a great success!




Love this car!

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SC1 2dr Coupe

I had this vehicle for 10 years until it was totalled in December. It was a very reliable car and it performed well to the end with a little over 150000 miles on it. I am looking for another one just like it. My heart was broken when I lost this car!



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
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  • 36
  • highway
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