3rd Generation (2002—2002) SL Problems

This generations ranks 10th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the cooling system (50%), wheels (50%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Wheel Bearings Failed 1 complaints at an average of 105,000 miles in the 2002 Saturn SL.
  2. Overheating 1 complaints at an average of 150,000 miles in the 2002 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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 2 1 156 0.49

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