1st Generation (1991—1996) SL2 Problems

This generations ranks 19th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (35%), transmission (35%), and the cooling system (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Odometer Does Not Work 1 complaints at an average of 22,179 miles in the 1993 Saturn SL2.
  2. Problems Shifting Into Reverse 2 complaints at an average of 110,000 miles in the 1995 Saturn SL2.
  3. Leaking Coolant 2 complaints at an average of 127,000 miles in the 1996 Saturn SL2.

What SL2 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 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1996 7 0 0 2.41
1995 5 0 0 1.06
1994 2 0 0 0.13
1993 2 0 0 1.64
1991 1 0 0 0.25

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