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1998 Saturn S-Series

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

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Not bad, but a lot

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

This is my second Saturn. The first was a station wagon. I thought the constant rattling was a flaw in the wagon, but this one rattles constantly too. I've had the same problems others have had. The door seals have been loose since I bought it. All of the overhead handles have come off (and they weren't used). It burns through oil really quickly. I have to add a quart a month between oil changes. I see there are people who have gotten 35+ mpg. I have only ever gotten 24 mpg. Now the ignition isn't working. The key won't turn on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd try. It can take up to 5 minutes of trying to start the car. I haven't had major problems, but I'm very disappointed with it.



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This car will not die

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

I love this little car. I was rear ended three times and nothing ever goes wrong with this car. It is now over 10 years old and still runs great. The only maintenence I ever need to do on it is the uaual oil change and I had to replace the battery due to my own neglagence.




Purely practical

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

Don't buy it if you want to drive like Mario Andretti, but its prob the safest and least expensive car to maintain that you can possibly buy. For a car with only 100hp, it is surprisingly peppy, but definetaly not fast.




Purely practical

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

I bought this car used in 2000 and drove it a lot for about 3 1/2 years until I wrecked it. The car was totalled, but nobody was hurt, it is a very safe car. If you're looking for a fun, sporty car that you can try to beat people off of the line with, this car is absolutely not for you. If you don't care about that, and want to experience the most performance that a 100 hp car can possibly offer, as well as have very cheap gas and maintenance costs, you'll love this. It only comes in stick, which is nice, and the dent resistant panels prevent a lot of damage; when they do break, they're a lot cheaper to fix than anything with metal.




Becki's car

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

Have had for a week and has been a pleasure to drive!




Super value

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

Very happy with Saturn - reliable, great milage, low maintenance. Re- lined brakes at 50,000 miles, otherwise only standard maintenance has been required.



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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