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1998 Saturn S-Series Wagon

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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 124 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/33 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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 33
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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.




The little car that could

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SW1 4dr Wagon

I love my SW1!!! 200,000+ miles replaced my thermostat, battery, plugs/wires, serpentine belt, brakes, 2 sets of tires and O2 sensor. That's all even still has the original clutch. It still gets 40 mpg. for hwy only it has gotten me 48-52 mpg. Put mid to premium in it big difference. door seals do need replaced but it has lasted with 3 young boys who demolish everything. I would recommend Saturn to everyone.



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Grab it if you can

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SW1 4dr Wagon

Fine the interior is kind of cheap looking, but I didn't buy this car in 1998 to compete with a BMW interior. I bought it because a tall person can drive in it (I'm 6"2"), the great gas mpg (I still get 38 highway- beat that in 2007) and there is a lot of storage room with the seat folded down. Get a tape measure and look. It beats the Forester and other small SUV's. The repairs have been extremely small. I replaced the fuel injector and that was the biggest repair. The acceleration is not great, but a good deal of the time the traffic on Long Island is a parking lot. 0 to 60 is not important when the road only goes 20. This is a simple car and cheap to own and repair.




Good solid car

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SW2 4dr Wagon

I have loved this car. The only true car repair was a motor mount, which was pretty cheap to replace. This is my first Saturn and I've been very impressed. It is a little small for a full family. Would love a few more inches in leg room.




Pros: reliability & exterior build

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SW2 4dr Wagon

Very reliable vehicle, comfortable and easy to drive. I love that I don't have to worry about getting nicks in the door due to the exterior build which seems unlike other vehicles.




98 sw 2

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Vehicle: 1998 Saturn S-Series SW2 4dr Wagon

A solid, reliable, dependable car for the money! Great gas mileage. Saturn dealers seem to bend over backwards to make the customer happy. Loads of cargo storage with fold down rear seats. I brought home a twin bed inside this car!



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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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Talk About The 1998 S-Series

1998 Saturn S-Series Discussions See all Started By

saturnfreak01
saturnfreak01
12-26-2002
Hi, lets see.. years to avoid on the S Series... the more rounded looking S Series sedan and wagon came out in 1996, with the redesigned coupe a year later. I have heard that 1998 is the best yea?...


bdotson
bdotson
12-20-2006


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