Used 1998 Saturn S-Series

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1998 Saturn S-Series
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1998 Saturn S-Series

Pros

  • Optional traction control. Optional ABS. Composite dent- and rust-resistant side body panels.

Cons

  • Questionable styling. Ultra-cheap interior materials.
Saturn S-Series years

Used 1998 Saturn S-Series for Sale

Saturn S-Series 1998 SL 4dr Sedan
165,358 miles
Used 1998
Saturn S-Series
SL
(14)
Don Beyer Volkswagen Winchester
38.7 mi away
List$2,500
Est.Loan: $51/mo
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Dark Green 1998 Saturn SL FWD 5-Speed Manual 1.9L I4 SMPI 8VWe have an excellent selection of pre-owned vehicles in every price range.Find out why buying from Beyer is better.
Saturn S-Series 1998 SL2 4dr Sedan
168,591 miles
Used 1998
Saturn S-Series
SL2
(11)
Blaise Alexander Chevrolet Of Greencastle
53.6 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

vehicle overview

Just because we don't like Saturns doesn't mean that you won't. There is inherent goodness to Saturn designs, and the SC is no exception to the rule. The cars are fun to drive, they are reliable and Saturn dealers have almost single-handedly sparked a retail revolution that emphasizes the ownership experience over sales commissions.

Unfortunately, we expect more from Saturn. We expect comfortable seats, quality switchgear and more attractive designs. When buying a Saturn, the consumer pays full sticker, and frankly, we don't think the cars are worth the price of admission.

Let's examine the SC coupe, which in its least livable basic format costs more than $13,000 and doesn't include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks or a cassette stereo. Under the hood is a 100-horsepower 1.9-liter inline four-cylinder engine, putting power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Add minimal essentials like air conditioning and a cassette stereo and the sticker climbs well above $14,000. At this price, you're still cranking that window up on your own. Want ABS (which includes traction control)? You're at 15 grand, and the car still has plastic wheel covers and manual locks. Is this value? We think not.

Move up to the SC2, which gives you a more powerful twin-cam engine, variable effort steering, a sporty suspension, aluminum wheels, fog lights, spoiler, multi-adjustable seats and a leather-wrapped steering. The tariff for these goodies is an additional $1,300, which is well worth the money, in our humble opinion. But at this price, you could get behind the wheel of a Honda Civic HX replete with power windows and power door locks. Add a CD player and the option package that includes air conditioning, power equipment, cruise control and remote keyless entry. The price soars above $17,000 and that doesn't include ABS, floor mats or an automatic transmission. With these additional items, the SC2 closes on $20,000 after taxes.

At least the SC2 is a good time in the twisties. Saturns grip the road well, and the SC2's twin-cam engine provides entertaining acceleration. Seating positions are low to the floor, and the seats themselves feel somewhat flimsy. Long haul comfort is not a Saturn strong point. The dashboard is contemporary in style, but there isn't much invested in the plastic used for panels and buttons. The styling? Well, you be the judge.

Saturn dealers treat you like a human being. The service is outstanding, the advertising tugs at the heartstrings and the cars run for a long time. Still, sales are sliding, and we think it has more to do with stale product and high prices than anything else. Shop around before settling on the Saturn.

1998 Highlights

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.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1998 Saturn S-Series.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Great little car
dave27889,09/14/2014
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.
Grab it if you can
paul,05/16/2007
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.
the little car that could
aw,08/16/2009
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.
Overlooked Wagon-Tough,Relible,Quiet inside
Mike,10/17/2016
Bought the 1998-SW-2 w 97000 miles from a Saturn original owner.Vehicle was well maintained all its life.Ive driven the Odometer to over 103,000 so far.Ive only replaced the Serpitine belt+Tensioner and lately the original starter.New Toyo Eclipse tires are very quiet hence inside@60mph.Great heater,Well insulated Keeps warm inside.A-C evaporates cabin moisture fast.Keeps car cool in summer.Great fuel economy over 36mpg, on a trip.City is around 26-28 slow driving.Great in snow,slush,and on Iced roads,with-out studded tires.Predictable cornering+ handling similar to sporty handling due to all-around McPherson strut arrangement.Im pleased with the size inside for a over 6ft person,getting in+out is low.The Good,-Half the normal fuel use,7 bucks of fuel will more than get you the day.Parts are available as easy as apple pie.The ride is quiet+smooth,and the automatic shifts up+down like it supposed to.Transmission has a spin-on fluid filter as does the engine.And the doors are resist dent due to the plastic and pliable body panels.I like the wagon.I have the {Best-black-top} DOHC 4 version.
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Features & Specs

MPG
24 city / 34 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
100 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG
23 city / 33 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
124 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    0

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Used 1998 Saturn S-Series Overview

The Used 1998 Saturn S-Series is offered in the following submodels: S-Series Sedan, S-Series Coupe, S-Series Wagon. Available styles include SC2 2dr Coupe, SL 4dr Sedan, SL1 4dr Sedan, SC1 2dr Coupe, SW1 4dr Wagon, SL2 4dr Sedan, and SW2 4dr Wagon.

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Should I lease or buy a 1998 Saturn S-Series?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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