1998 Saturn SL Reviews - Page 16 of 16

1998 Saturn SL 1.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.9 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired165 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Great value for the money, safe and dependable

Faults:

In almost three years of owning my first Saturn, I only encountered two problems. The first minor problem was a faulty dome light inside the cabin which was replaced under warranty.

The second, around 18,000 miles I had the ignition control module replaced under warranty. Other than that, it was near perfect.

General Comments:

After my own experience with my 1998 Saturn and after seeing further proof, 1998 was Saturns best year for quality. I had essentially no problems with the car and felt secure in its reliability.

The seats were a bit low to the ground, and the engine did have some vibrations at idle, was very inexpensive to maintain however. My retailer has been excellent and due to excellent lease/finance rates I leased my second Saturn last week (2001 SL1).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2001

1998 Saturn SL SL1 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carMercury Tracer

Summary:

Good customer service at corporate level, poor service with the dealership

Faults:

In the shop today to replace the fuel injectors for the 5th time. The first three occurred in the first 9 months. The last two have happened in the last 3 months. Had to replace the steering rack once, oxygen sensors a few times, coil packs, window fell off track. Biggest concern is the inconvenience of the fuel injectors and the amount of times they've had to replace them.

General Comments:

Called the corporate office for help after the third situation and they offered to extend my warranty to 100K miles (good faith offer). This would void any chances for lemon law. I accepted and at 60K miles I'm still having problems. I'd recommend Saturn only because of the customer service I received from the corporate office, but won't buy one again because of the dealership itself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th July, 2000

1st May 2001, 08:33

Greg here in Toronto Canada... where was your dealership?

1998 Saturn SL SL2 1.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.9
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Fan motor replaced at 20,000 miles. Clutch, flywheel, window regulator replaced under warranty at 31,000 miles.

Cooling system leak repaired at same time.

General Comments:

I have driven this car hard. I consider it excellent value with top-notch dealer service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 1999

1998 Saturn SL SL2 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10

Faults:

It is new, but perfect. Consistent with my experience with the 1995 Saturn I owned.

General Comments:

An excellent, comfortable, reliable car! A bit under-powered in acceleration, even with the bigger motor but I probably push it too hard anyway. It drives well around town and at highway speeds. Dealer service is beyond expectations. Highly recommended. This is my second Saturn!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 1999

1998 Saturn SL SL2 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing!!! I'm extremely happy with the vehicle.

General Comments:

Wonderful company to buy a car from. Highly recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 1998

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 51 reviews