3rd Generation (2001—2002) SL1 Problems

This generations ranks 24th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (40%), engine (20%), and the transmission (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Difficulties Starting 1 complaints at an average of 20,000 miles in the 2002 Saturn SL1.
  2. Car Runs When Keys Removed 2 complaints at an average of 170,000 miles in the 2001 Saturn SL1.
  3. Fluid Line Leak 1 complaints at an average of 70,000 miles in the 2001 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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 18 0 0 2.08
2001 12 0 0 1.85

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