1st Generation (1993—1997) SC2 Problems

This generations ranks 17th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (29%), exterior (17%), and the electrical (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Brakes Failed While Driving 1 complaints at an average of 171,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SC2.
  2. Not Starting 1 complaints at an average of 80,000 miles in the 1994 Saturn SC2.
  3. Engine Has a Crack in It 1 complaints at an average of 113,000 miles in the 1994 Saturn SC2.

What SC2 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 5 0 0 1.38
1996 3 0 0 0.3
1994 5 0 0 1.02
1993 4 0 0 0.62

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