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NHTSA — Structure: Body: Trunk Lid Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Saturn SL body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 162000


  • miles


Spring that holds trunk open is too weak, most noticeable with factory installed spoiler. Has hit me in the head several times. Dealer sugested prop-rod to hold trunk open. Trunk will not stay open if parked on small incline or slight headwind. If a child was reaching into the truck, it could severly injure there back.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

problem #2

May 291998

(reported on)


  • miles
When the truck lid is raised in rainy weather, water drips into luggage compartment due to design.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #1

May 291998

(reported on)


  • miles
Doors out of alignment causing persons to slam the doors for them to latch.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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