1998 Saturn SL Consumer Reviews

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1998 Saturn Sl
4.4
Average based on 21 reviews
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Does what it was meant to do!

by from Hernando Fl. on March 22, 2011

Purchased 5/01 with 19k on it. Since then other then maintaining the car the only unexpected repairs were a starter, a thermostat and a valve cover gasket. Not bad for a 13 yr. old car with 108k. It s...
Purchased 5/01 with 19k on it. Since then other then maintaining the car the only unexpected repairs were a starter, a thermostat and a valve cover gasket. Not bad for a 13 yr. old car with 108k. It still gets 30 mpg and runs on regular fuel. Of course no rust or dings due to the unique polymer panels, just wash it occasionally and it looks great. Sure there are rattles from the interior plastic and the motor is a little rough at idle but once under way I wouldn't hesitate to drive anywhere in it. We gave it to our daughter 8/08 to take to college and told her it had to last until graduation 5/12. It's been so good were planning to take it back at that time and use it for local runs. Trade in value would be a joke and we hope it never gets in an accident because it would be considered a total for anything but a minor fender bender.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Good car for the money!!

by from Dallas, Texas on September 24, 2010

I bought my Saturn brand new back in May of 1998 and I am still driving it!! It's got just over 115,000 and all I have had are the typical wear and tear things that you get on any car over time. Still...
I bought my Saturn brand new back in May of 1998 and I am still driving it!! It's got just over 115,000 and all I have had are the typical wear and tear things that you get on any car over time. Still get oil change and maintenence on it when it's needed, and she runs just fine. The interior is worn, but that comes from the fact that the car was so inexpensive. I am just happy to have something that is so reliable.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Never had a problem

by from Indiana on June 3, 2009

I bought this car new and owned it for 11 years and over 100K miles. I can't recall when I've had a problem. The car is a little rough in snow because it sits pretty low to the ground and can get stuc...
I bought this car new and owned it for 11 years and over 100K miles. I can't recall when I've had a problem. The car is a little rough in snow because it sits pretty low to the ground and can get stuck easily. The trunk and inside are spacious.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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2 transmissions and an engine later

by from Minneapolis, MN on September 29, 2006

Ran great for 3 years until I got to almost 100M and then the transmission cracked. Fixed that and 6M later a piston rod snapped. And now another 20M the factory rebuilt transmission has worn down to ...
Ran great for 3 years until I got to almost 100M and then the transmission cracked. Fixed that and 6M later a piston rod snapped. And now another 20M the factory rebuilt transmission has worn down to the point where reverse doesn't work and there is slippage going into second and third gears. Automatic transmission.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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my 98 saturn

by from Chicago, IL on April 18, 2012

Hello you guys, I got this saturn about 8 years ago. I bought it from an old guy and it had 75000 on it. I've been driving it everyday to work and back. I've put 120000 on it and had never had a probl...
Hello you guys, I got this saturn about 8 years ago. I bought it from an old guy and it had 75000 on it. I've been driving it everyday to work and back. I've put 120000 on it and had never had a problem with the car. The only time i had to take it to the shop was when I got into a car accident. It's a good car with a great gas millage. I highly recommend this car if you don't want to spend too much on gas and repair.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Cheap materials, but reliable

by from Fort Worth, TX on July 30, 2008

I chose this car over its competitors because it had more features for the price and had a good reliability rating. I've put more than 140,000 miles on it with no major repairs, just regular maintaina...
I chose this car over its competitors because it had more features for the price and had a good reliability rating. I've put more than 140,000 miles on it with no major repairs, just regular maintainance and servicing of items that wear out over time, i.e. battery, starter, fan motor, etc... Working on it is easy, relatively inexpensive, and parts are readily available. I still get around 35 mpg without even trying. I have two main complaints, 1.) It's way underpowered, and 2.) Saturn used cheap interior materials (headliner fell down long ago, sunvisor material is falling apart, etc...). I give it a marginal 4 out of 5 due mostly to the bulletproof reliability it has exhibited, and to the ease of maintaining and performing my own repairs.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Steadfast all around dependable inner city commute

by from Atlanta, Georgia on August 11, 2006

bought this car used and it was well taken car of, very bumpy ride in the city hwy crusing a little noisey but compliant, gas milege city and hwy was excellent, and it performs like a champ on every o...
bought this car used and it was well taken car of, very bumpy ride in the city hwy crusing a little noisey but compliant, gas milege city and hwy was excellent, and it performs like a champ on every occasion.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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I Own 3 sl2's and love them all

by from Pontiac, MI on December 4, 2012

I bought my first 98 sl2 in 2005 with 25k on it and it has been the best car i have ever owned, no major repairs nessisary unless you beat on it, but it has been such a great car i have now bought 2 m...
I bought my first 98 sl2 in 2005 with 25k on it and it has been the best car i have ever owned, no major repairs nessisary unless you beat on it, but it has been such a great car i have now bought 2 more sl2's to add to my colection and they are both exclent cars aswell....
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Saturn SL1

by from Arlington on January 3, 2013

bought our car used in '01 with 25k on it. Just passed 282k 12 years later and have only had to replace parts for wear so far... I do the work myself because my mechanic used to laugh at the car when ...
bought our car used in '01 with 25k on it. Just passed 282k 12 years later and have only had to replace parts for wear so far... I do the work myself because my mechanic used to laugh at the car when I would take it to him. Wouldn't trade it for anything...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I love my SL1

by from colorado on March 29, 2012

this car is comfortable and for the price it's great. great gas mileage, enough power to pass most people on the highway.
this car is comfortable and for the price it's great. great gas mileage, enough power to pass most people on the highway.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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