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1999 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 25/36 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Saturn S-Series

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  • Pros

    Composite dent- and rust-resistant side body panels, standard third door, optional ABS, optional traction control.

  • Cons

    Questionable styling, ultra-cheap interior materials, weak standard equipment list.

  • What's New for 1999

    Starting in the late fall of 1998, all coupes will be fitted with a rear-access door on the driver side designed to provide easier entry to the backseat. Drum brakes replace the rear discs previously available on SC2s and SL2s equipped with ABS. Engines benefit from engineering upgrades that improve fuel economy and reduce noise, vibration and emissions. Finally, the SC2 gets new plastic wheel covers and a new optional alloy wheel design.

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Customer Reviews

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Great first 10 years

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Vehicle: 1999 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

Best small car ever owned first 10 years can still hit 40 mpg at 60 mph without air on, a-c always works, at 104000 and 10 years old, needed new head 2 grand to put in, later in year 11 a coolant sensor $ 200



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Hard to believe- 200,000 follow

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Vehicle: 1999 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

I bought this car new in Dec of 98. It now has 202,000 miles and has never had a mechanical problem. Still gets great gas mileage. Uses a quart of oil between changes. This model was a bottom of the line Saturn with no features. I bought it because I could afford it. Now I can afford almost any car I want but I refuse to get a new car until this one dies. From the looks of it I don't think it will be any time soon. Friends are starting to make fun of my old Saturn but that just makes me more determined to keep it. I wish Saturn had been more successful in the long run. They did make a great product.




Hard to believe

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Vehicle: 1999 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

I can't believe after 9 1/2 years I am still driving this car. It remains as reliable as the day I bought it. No mechanical problems ever with this car. The only thing it requires is an extra quart of high mileage oil between every oil change. It has been in two very minor accidents and keeps on going. I have saved a great deal of money by owning this car. The gas mileage has remained great with 40+ on the highway and 35 in the city. I have 181,000 miles and am confident it will make it to 200,000 + before there is a problem.




Qwerky but good

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Vehicle: 1999 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

I bought this car because I needed a reliable, inexpensive car for commuting. I am happy to say that I got what I was looking for. It has been reliable and gets GREAT gas mileage. When I bought it, it had 80K miles, had poor acceleration and used about one quart of oil every 1000 miles. Then the SRS light came on. I had to replace the catalytic convertor. I also did a top end cleaning (injectors, intake, valves) before replacing the exhaust. What a difference! It runs like a new car, uses only one quart of oil every 3000 miles, and still gets 35-42 MPG!!! Not bad for a car with 102000 miles, huh!!




Best car for the money?

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Vehicle: 1999 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

Bought this car for my daughter after her Escort was totalled. Both of us are impressed (coming from a 1999 Escort to a 1999 Saturn influences our opinion). The mileage with a 5-speed and SOHC aengine is terrific. On two separate trips to NY from OH we averaged 46 mpg on the freeway. I will admit that my driving habits do tend to support high mileage. Has been perfectly reliable. Does burn a bit of oil, 1 qt every 1500 miles or so, but the engine runs strong. Not the most comfortable seats during long trips. Handles and rides okay, will be better with different tires. Love the dent resistant doors




A great little car- served

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Vehicle: 1999 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan

This car has 93,000 miles on it and has had nothing wrong with it for 7 years. I replaced tires and battery only... had regular oil changes (fluid and belt maintenance) with Jiffy Lube every 6 months. Still runs like a charm!



Full 1999 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 1999

Starting in the late fall of 1998, all coupes will be fitted with a rear-access door on the driver side designed to provide easier entry to the backseat. Drum brakes replace the rear discs previously available on SC2s and SL2s equipped with ABS. Engines benefit from engineering upgrades that improve fuel economy and reduce noise, vibration and emissions. Finally, the SC2 gets new plastic wheel covers and a new optional alloy wheel design.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
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  • 36
  • highway
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