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1999 Saturn S-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (48%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 87 repairs.

1999 Saturn S-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (54%)

< $100 (8%)

Chart based on 26 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1999 Saturn S-Series

Engine not specified

Saturn in Utah, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2014
Jun 2013

178000 mi

US $160
Freon had leaked out. Had to test for leaks. Found none. System was recharged. Instructions given to drive for 3 weeks and then return for additional assessment 
Aug 2013

180000 mi

US $135
Radiator blew a hole. Had to replace radiator. 
Saturn in Michigan, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2014
Mar 2013

183000 mi

US $16
Hose clamp broke on hose by thermostat and nearly all coolant came out. Replaced hose clamp (hose seemed fine), refilled system with coolant and tested for leaks. Also had to clean up sprayed coolant on spark plug wires & other areas. 
Aug 2013

185700 mi

US $64
Car would not start. Thought it could finally be battery as it had been weak for a while. Replaced battery, but that wasn't the problem. Researching online at saturnfans.com, diagnosed issue as F-5 connector on back of int. fuse panel. Researching online at saturnfans.com, diagnosed issue as F-5 connector on back of int. fuse panel. Took apart connector panels, cleaned/bent connectors as online inst. indicated. Put back together. No problems since. 
Sep 2013

186000 mi

US $127
A/C comp did not come on. Added dye & R-134a - found 2 leaks req. replacement of rec/dryer & line btwn rec/dryer & expansion valve (pressure switch on line was also replaced). Replaced parts, vacuumed sys, added R-134a, tested A/C. Replaced both low beam and high beam light bulbs as they were the original bulbs and were very dim (high beams used for DRLs). New bulbs are a lot brighter. Replaced side marker lights. Left one burned out- discovered water leaked in & corroded socket contacts. Cleaned socket & used dielectric grease to prevent future corrosion. Replaced right side bulb as it looked like it was close to going 2 
Apr 2014

188000 mi
Checked and adjusted rear shoes; left OK; right needed significant adjustment (it was too loose). Brake pedal provides braking at a higher point than before & parking brake lever doesn't go up nearly as high. 
Saturn in Virginia, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

120000 mi

US $850
car died 
Saturn in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

219000 mi

US $200
Replaced wheel bearing. 
Saturn in Texas, United States
Aug 2013 - Mar 2014
Nov 2013

171000 mi

US $230
Water Pump died 
Feb 2014

173300 mi

US $200
Two wheel bearings needed replacing. 
Saturn in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Dec 2014
May 2012

104700 mi

US $350
Manual shift linkage broke, car stuck in second gear. 
Aug 2012

106300 mi

US $1200
NY State inspection. Brakes and struts needed to be replaced. 
Jun 2014

116000 mi

US $200
exhaust repair 
Dec 2014

120000 mi

US $60
turned out to be a different problem with the exhaust, now fixed 
Saturn in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2013
Jul 2012

147300 mi

US $1500
Transmission was broken and they pulled a JY trans and installed it in this car. The only problem is that the 3rd gear synchronizer doesn't work...JY did not give us a good part. 
Saturn in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2013
May 2009

148000 mi
Relay for fuel pump didn't work. switched with heater motor relay, both worked. Since than there has been several times no fuel. wiggle relay, and than car starts. Haven't had time to trouble shoot further. 
Apr 2011

148000 mi

US $500
line pressure solenoid valve had low resistance. Harsh shifts. Replaced with new solnoid valve. 
Jun 2011

148000 mi

US $20
Instrument panel fuse panel melted at 30 amp input wire. Replaced panel 
Mar 2013

140000 mi
DTC 0404 Cleaned EGR valve and replaced 
Saturn in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2015 - Oct 2015
Mar 2015

221960 mi

C $50
replaced inner and outer tie rods 
Oct 2015

226300 mi

C $150
inner and outer tie rods replaced replaced rear sway bar links 
Saturn in Saskatchewan, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

138260 mi

C $1100
Wheels improperly alligned by saturn dealership, wore tires bald after taking back twice, nothing done. Front driver side bearing went as well.  Rear bearing went.  
Saturn in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Jul 2009
Jun 2009

110360 mi
intake gasket,timing belt. possible repairs, module,coil, knock sensor, 
Jul 2009

110360 mi

C $100
Transmission replaced. 
Saturn in West Virginia, United States
Oct 2013 - Oct 2013
Oct 2013

207000 mi

US $120
Replaced thermostat, upper and lower radiator hoses. Replaced front rotors and pads, and replaced front passenger caliper. 

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1999 Saturn S-Series 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Jul 2010
Jan 2010

177000 mi

US $20
Bushing that holds shift lever to shift cable end broke. Ordered and installed aftermarket part. 
Jun 2010

184000 mi
Windshield washers not spraying. Removed and cleaned out nozzles then replaced. Problem fixed. 
Saturn in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

221000 mi
Knock in engine. Bad cylinder 
Saturn in Georgia, United States
Aug 2009 - Sep 2012
Sep 2009

140000 mi

US $24
Bad O2 sensor Bad Engine coolant temperature sensor 
Dec 2009

142000 mi

US $140
Replaced intermittently working starter. 
Mar 2011

168000 mi

US $110
Tie rod end needed replacement before alignment could be done when getting new tires. 
Apr 2011

169700 mi

US $100
When replacing rotors and pads, calipers also had to be replaced. 
Jan 2012

189700 mi

US $50
Driver side window crank mechanism broke. 
Jul 2012

200300 mi

US $150
Radiator had a crack in it and was replaced. Thermostat was also replaced. 
Saturn in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Jun 2014
Dec 2009

130820 mi

C $50
Leaky radiator replaced 
Nov 2011

139060 mi

C $300
Replaced radiator 
Mar 2013

155620 mi

C $50
Flex pipe on the exhaust needed to be replaced 
Saturn in Michigan, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

182000 mi

US $50
The bushing attaching shifter cable to shifter broke off pretty common problem according to various sources. Bushing is not available separately from Saturn, however you can pick up a bushing from ebay. 
Sep 2010

183000 mi

US $59
Water pump finally failed. Leaking coolant from bearing seal. 
Saturn in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2013
Apr 2010

194300 mi

US $127
A/C Fix: Replace discharge hose seal at compressor. Evacuate, Recharge system & check for other leaks. Replace shrader valves (owner's part from OEM parts dealer). 
Mar 2011

209000 mi

US $680
Intermittent starting problems. Starter replaced with remanufactured starter. Water pump replaced. Previous pump lasted only 34,000 miles. 
Mar 2012

225000 mi

US $140
Crack in Coolant Reservoir. Replaced with OEM. 
Nov 2012

238000 mi

US $341
New radiator. I was planning to go on an 800 mile trip so I had my mechanic do a thorough look-over. He detected a crack. 
Sep 2013

251000 mi

US $1300
FWD front wheel bearings bad. Replaced wheel bearings. Replaced tie rods and control arms. 

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1999 Saturn S-Series 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Saturn in Florida, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2014
Jan 2014

108300 mi

US $24
electric cooling fan failure 
Saturn in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2011

100000 mi

US $600
Radiator leak. 
Saturn in Illinois, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2014
Oct 2011

180000 mi

US $70
After 12 years, the flex pipe rusted away. Welded on a new one. 
Saturn in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2009
Apr 2009

44000 mi
Needed front driver's side wheel bearing and the casing? (all I know was it would have been about $700 to fix) 
Saturn in New York, United States
Sep 2009 - Jul 2014
May 2010

126000 mi

US $80
Intermittent and frequent failure of radiator fan motor to turn on. Failed radiator fan replaced 
Oct 2010

131000 mi

US $400
Failing Wheel Bearing Cracked radiator replaced 
Mar 2014

206000 mi

US $200
Radiator fan failure 
Jul 2014

213000 mi

US $700
Replaced all 4 struts. Replaced driver side outer tie rod Oil leaking into cylinder 4 from above. Replaced cam cover gasket. Engine turned over, no spark. Determined to be a bad ignition control module. Replaced ignition control module as well as spark plugs and ignition cables. 
Saturn in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2009 - Jun 2014
Mar 2009

29000 mi

US $3
Winshield wiper banging and became loose and out of since hitting other wiper. 
Mar 2010

41000 mi

US $10
Replaced engine temperature control sensor which was cracked causing engine to run rough when cold engine was idling for over half hour and radiator reservoir was empty and steaming - not sure of problem yet as it has not repeated itself. 
Oct 2011

59000 mi

US $38
muffler bracket rusted and broke and was replaced 
Nov 2013

78000 mi

US $4
Throttle plate was sticking causing the gas pedal to do the same. 
Saturn in Maryland, United States
Oct 2010 - Mar 2011
Feb 2011

90000 mi

US $730
replaced fuel pump 
Mar 2011

90000 mi
Rear power windows and sunroof no longer opened when sold. 
Saturn in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

170000 mi

US $600
IC module failed and blew out most fuses. As a result, horn failed completely and wiper motor has intermittent issues, but I opted to not fix those at the dealer. IC module and fuses replaced by dealer. 
Saturn in Kansas, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2014
Mar 2011

144000 mi

US $300
purchased vehicle w/bad water pump. Had to replace pump, T-stat and all temp. sensors to solve issues noticed during purchase inspection.  
Aug 2011

152000 mi

US $250
top motor mount failure resulted in replacing all 4 mounts. 
Saturn in Arizona, United States
Feb 2009 - Aug 2012
Jul 2009

108000 mi

US $608
Universal belt tensioner assembly was rattling and worn. Also replaced belt. 
Jan 2011

132000 mi

US $303
Water pump replaced 
Aug 2012

145000 mi
Engine seized. Car donated to Habitat for Humanity. 

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1999 Saturn S-Series 2-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2014
Aug 2010

97000 mi

US $225
Serpentine Belt Tensioner Sunroof Module 

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1999 Saturn S-Series

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Saturn in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
May 2009

117180 mi

C $350
Key stuck in the ignition when the vehicle was turned off. Dealer replaced the lock cylinder (new ignition) in about hour. Car had to be towed to the dealer. 
Saturn in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Apr 2013
Jul 2010

67580 mi

C $299
Evaporator needed replacing 
Dec 2010

68820 mi
Back window seal is broken and lets water into the trunk compartment. Decide not to fix at this time. 
Jun 2012

76260 mi
Sun roof retractor cable/ motor broken 
Apr 2013

83080 mi
Car was taken in for a general inspection and there were several items to fix on the vehicle. Needed a new catalytic converter and replacement of the entire exhaust system at cost of around $2500. he moon roof was still broken and new tires were also required. The cost of repair was above the value of the car....so it was donated to charity. 

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1999 Saturn S-Series Repair Histories

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