2nd Generation (1997—1999) SL1 Problems

This generations ranks 11th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the body (25%), cooling system (25%), and the drivetrain (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Need to Add Coolant Regularly 2 complaints at an average of 128,889 miles in the 1999 Saturn SL1.
  2. Engine Won't Start, No Spark 1 complaints at an average of 106,000 miles in the 1999 Saturn SL1.
  3. Clear Coat Peeling 2 complaints at an average of 152,526 miles in the 1997 Saturn SL1.

What SL1 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 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 3 0 0 0.59
1997 5 0 0 0.45

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