1st Generation (1994—1997) SC1 Problems

This generations ranks 21st out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), cooling system (14%), and the interior (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Cracked Cylinder Head 1 complaints at an average of 77,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SC1.
  2. Faulty Power Sunroof 1 complaints at an average of 69,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SC1.
  3. Engine Missing 1 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SC1.

What SC1 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Saturn model years.

Watch out for the 1997 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1997 4 3 3 2.64
1996 3 0 2 0.48
1994 7 1 0 1.38

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