2nd Generation (1997—2000) SL Problems

This generations ranks 13th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (25%), transmission (25%), and the interior (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Clutch Started Slipping 1 complaints at an average of 135,000 miles in the 1997 Saturn SL.
  2. Water Pump Failure 1 complaints at an average of 115,000 miles in the 1998 Saturn SL.
  3. Transmission Is Not Shifting Correctly 1 complaints at an average of 130,000 miles in the 2000 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 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 4 8 115 0.8
1998 2 1 10 0.45
1997 2 3 9 0.62

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