1st Generation (1992—1995) SL Problems

This generations ranks 5th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (33%), interior (16%), and the cooling system (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Overheats 1 complaints at an average of 140,000 miles in the 1994 Saturn SL.
  2. Engine Turns Over but Won't Start 1 complaints at an average of 200,000 miles in the 1992 Saturn SL.
  3. Window Handle Broke 1 complaints at an average of 155,000 miles in the 1994 Saturn SL.

What SL 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 1994 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1995 0 3 1 0.0
1994 4 1 0 0.85
1993 0 2 0 0.0
1992 2 2 0 0.34

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