3rd Generation (2001—2002) SC2 Problems

This generations ranks 23rd out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (30%), cooling system (20%), and the transmission (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Water Leaks 1 complaints at an average of 23,202 miles in the 2001 Saturn SC2.
  2. Anifreeze Leak 1 complaints at an average of 25,620 miles in the 2001 Saturn SC2.
  3. Air Conditioning Stopped Working 1 complaints at an average of 65,000 miles in the 2001 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 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 3 0 0 0.64
2001 7 0 0 2.49

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