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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.

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Customer Reviews

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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!



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!



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Reliable and safe!

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

Bought the car for 800 as is and only needed a muffler for a sticker. Didn't come with power steering but cause the car only weighed 2,300 lbs I didn't even need P/S! All the parts for it were cheap, plugs and wires cost me 30 bucks at most. Very easy to work on too! lots of room in the engine bay. Had to change the motor (might have over rev it.) Great on gas too! I got 36 MPG@70 mph! IT also handled great with the multi link suspension in the rear makes the back roads fun and with confidence! Sadly it was totaled in a crash but my friend and I walked away unharmed. By far most reliable and safest car out there!




The only thing i can

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

This car has been amazing to own. My first new car purchased on my own. It's survived cross country moves, numerous road trips and never let me down. From my crazy college life to my current responsible Mom life the Saturn fits. People get hooked the first time they run to the store for me or just move it out of the driveway. Its fun, sporty, just the right size inside and out. One of my better decisions made in my 20's!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Only so-so

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

Uninspired styling, cheap interior materials, and less than optimal comfort seriously hurt the overall rating for this car. I've owned it for 9 years now and the interior has suffered some truely annoying degradation. The headliner seems to be made from highly degradeable material that simply turns to dust when touched, buttons and controls creak when pushed, handles over the rear windows are falling off on their own, stick shift linkage fell apart and is now held together with zip ties-they want $300 for an entire shift cable set when the part that broke is a twenty-five cent plastic bushing. Despite all that is wrong with this car, the thing runs and drives like brand new. It will not die.




My first car

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan

I love this little car. This was my first car, my parents bought it from some friends with about 25k on it in about '01. I'm up to 101k right now and the only thing I've really had to replace was a cooling fan, brakes once and a few tires. I'm pretty rough on it and have put it through the ringer often forget to check my fluids nearly running out of oil & trans fluid one one occasion but it hasn't given up on me! The interior rattles sometimes but it's a small price to pay for something so reliable.



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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