3rd Generation (2001—2002) SC1 Problems

This generations ranks 12th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (25%), engine (25%), and the lights (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Will Not Turn Over 1 complaints at an average of 49,500 miles in the 2001 Saturn SC1.
  2. Air Bags Didn't Deploy During Accident 1 complaints at an average of 87,000 miles in the 2001 Saturn SC1.
  3. Engine Runs With Key Removed 1 complaints at an average of 138,000 miles in the 2002 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 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 1 0 0 0.18
2001 3 2 4 0.88

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