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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Saturn SL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 292014


  • 101,000 miles


Coolant around the spark plug nearest the transmission, engine oil is visible in coolant tank. Internet search revealed a cracked head due to factory defect in head casting. GM did not issue a recall!

- Connelly Springs, NC, USA

problem #2

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
1998 Saturn with 49,000 miles needed the whole transmission to be rebuilt. The valve bodies are kept in stock at Saturn of route 23 because this is such a common problem with Saturn. The car had been properly maintained, trans service at 25,500 miles. Saturn will take no responsibility in the cost of repairs. I've noted that Saturn is on several webb sites with transmission failures documented.

- Hamburg, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 042003

(reported on)

SL 4-cyl

  • miles
Problems with gear shift on 1998 Saturn SL1. The gear shift would not come out of park and the bcsi solenoid was replaced.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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