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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Saturn SC1 engine problems

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2002 Saturn SC1 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012006

SC1 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Saturn SC1. While driving at any speed, the contact smelled coolant in the cab of the vehicle and noticed smoke coming from the tailpipe. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 90,000. Updated 02-01-08 updated 02/01/08

- Campbellsberg, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 012006

SC1 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
At around 75000 miles I pulled into work, put it in park, and all of a sudden my engine started to rev, (increasing without leveling. I immediately turned off the car to stop the increased revving. I tried to turn the car on again, hoping it was a fluke. And it started again. I got it towed to the dealership, and they told me it had a vaccuum leak and had to have the intake gasket replaced. And that it was going to be extensive work to replace it.

- Gardner, KS, USA

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