2nd Generation (1997—2000) SL2 Problems

This generations ranks 28th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (48%), transmission (21%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 8 complaints at an average of 117,039 miles in the 2000 Saturn SL2.
  2. Car Shuts Down While Idling 2 complaints at an average of 95,666 miles in the 1997 Saturn SL2.
  3. Engine Runs Hot/oil in Coolant Reservoir 1 complaints at an average of 0 miles in the 1997 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 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 7 0 0 3.93
1999 27 0 0 2.25
1998 6 0 0 1.5
1997 7 0 0 2.7

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