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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1998 Saturn SW2

1998 Saturn SW2

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1998 Saturn SW2 Problems

Brakes -- Verified

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The power steering hoses commonly leak fluid. Any leaking hoses should be replaced.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front struts may show signs of wear, or be excessively bouncy ride at freeway speeds. This may begin to occur at around 75,000 miles.

Drive Train -- Verified

An automatic transmission fluid leak may develop from the rubber section of a transmission cooler line. In some cases the rubber section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this type of leak.

Maintenance -- Verified

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

1998 Saturn SW2 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 1998 Saturn SW2, Lake Forest, CA

Got in my car ,put on seat belt but it would not catch or LATCH,the RED PRESS button is depressed or down as if there is no spring. Never experience a precursor.
Could some debris have fallen in i...

Visitor, 1998 Saturn SW2, Lake Forest, CA

Driver side Seat belt buckle needs replaced. What would you estimate the cost of such repair would be?
Also how long does that take to perform the job?
thank you

Visitor, 1998 Saturn SW2, Milford, MI

I'm looking to buy this as a used car, but the clutch is shot. It only has 178,000 miles on it, and everything else is in good condition. How much would it cost to replace the clutch (buying t...

Visitor, 1998 Saturn SW2, 1.9L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Munster, IN

Lately my 1998 wagon has been using a 'substantial' amount of oil. It looks like some moisture is present in the crankcase, but it is not coming from anywhere in the cooling sy...

Badger7, 1998 Saturn SW2, 1.9L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Winchester, VA

The car has 166,000 original engine and miles on it. This is the first serious problem I have had with this car. I installed new battery. Check engine light did not come on for problem, so diagn...

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1998 Saturn SW2 Reviews

Bought it new, the only thing I ever did up to 234,000 miles was replace the starter, water pump, fuel pump, front rotors, that's it! (other than tires, plugs, wires, and front brake pads)

At 234,000 miles it would smoke when coasting down hill in gear and then hitting the gas at the bottom of the hill. The car was still running great but I swapped the motor for a used one at this time. Also replaced the original clutch. Should have kept the original motor, (it was probably just bad valve stem seals) the replacement motor has the same issues.

I'm at 254,000 miles now, just put on 4 brand new uniroyals and will replace the original struts in the next day or two. The car is still running great, getting 32-34 MPG, and still looks good when I clean it up. It handles well, very neutral, no over/understeer problems at all.

If I could buy another new one like it I would do so without hesitation.

Probably the best car I've ever owned. So far, necessary repairs have been brakes, batteries, an oil pump and a radiator. Being a former SCCA driver, this car has been opened up from it's original 124hp to 145. Suspension has been reworked and I run nitrogen in the 205/60/15 tires. It's been across the country & back several times. I never worry about it breaking. Auto trans and engine get 100% Castrol Synthetic. It uses about a quart every 15,000 miles.

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