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1998 Saturn S-Series

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Not bad, but a lot of little problems
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By boldaker
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1998 Saturn S-Series SL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

It's cute, and it hasn't had any major engine/systems trouble. Interior space was good until my teenagers hit the height of 5'10".


Worst Features

Parts seem cheap and easily breakable. The constant rattling and vibration when idling is extremely irritating. Also my second Saturn with key trouble (one was locks; this one is the ignition). New keys don't help. It's the internal mechanism.


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Won't Quit
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By Ken H
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1998 Saturn S-Series SC2 2dr Coupe


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This was my first new car. I've had it for 13-years and the only thing I regret is the resale value (the New Beetle sold the same when new, but has twice the value of my Saturn today). I don't have a "lot" of miles on it (only 100,000 because of my job), but everything works like the day I first bought it. It's so good that, rather than trade it in, I'm giving it to my niece when she moves to LA. I didn't pick this off a dealer lot, I built it online and ordered it from the factory, so maybe I'm biased, but I love the car and would buy it again if I could go back in time.


Best Features

I got mine loaded, so there is a lot I like. Sunroof, cruise control (hate worrying about cops), ABS & traction control, 12-disc cd changer, the list goes on.


Worst Features

Power mirrors on BOTH sides of car, Auto- down for passenger window and sun-roof.


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So long Saturn
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By mello
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1998 Saturn S-Series SC2 2dr Coupe


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I owned this car for 4 years before it was totaled in a car accident a few weeks ago. This car was a really great value. Only replaced the water pump and the head gasket. Both I did myself and I am an amateur. Parts were cheap and was easy to work on. Gas mileage was great, too. Everyone who drove it commented on how great the engine was. It looks sporty, too. The car held up very well in the accident. I am going to miss this car.


Best Features

The ride was great, great pickup. The look was sporty. Parts were cheap and easy to work on as an amateur if you have the repair manual.


Worst Features

Headlights frosted over, but that happens. No real improvements I can think of. Good buy!


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Was really dependable, but ...
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By privatedetective
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1998 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


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I can't really complain, the car was very dependable for a long time. I have 136,000 miles on it now. It started having problems a two years ago. Water pump went first, then alternator, and then transmission leaks. I have always had a slow oil leak. Now the temperature gauge is on the fritz. I am thinking of just taking it to the dump and having it put down lol. The ceiling material is falling down, I have thumb tacks holding it up. This happened to my brothers old Saturn also. Plus the car is starting to smell. It's like a old dog I suppose.


Best Features

Nondescript vehicle. Good gas mileage.


Worst Features

Sturdier interior.


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Great first car!
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By Ecjezl
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1998 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan


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I'm 18 years old and this is my first car, and I honestly can't complain. It passed through my mom and my older sister (who ran it into the back of a hummer and over a curb in her years with it) and at 130,000 miles it still runs great with no major problems, despite what it's been through. Plastic bumpers and dent-resistant sides are great for the teen driver -- I was even hit head on and there's no more than a scratch on the bumper. The only complaint that I have is that the sound system is old and wrecked, but that's probably due to misuse and over- use rather than a fault with the car. Overall, it's great.


Best Features

Dent-resistant bumpers and doors


Worst Features

I only wish that it got better gas milage because I'm jobless and pay for gas. :-/


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