3rd Generation (2001—2002) SL2 Problems

This generations ranks 7th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (66%), suspension (33%), and the We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Suspension Failure 1 complaints at an average of 75,000 miles in the 2002 Saturn SL2.
  2. Plastic Manifold Gasket Leaks 1 complaints at an average of 140,000 miles in the 2001 Saturn SL2.
  3. High Idle 1 complaints at an average of 68,000 miles in the 2001 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 2001 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2002 1 0 0 0.35
2001 2 0 0 0.39

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