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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Saturn SL electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 072013


  • 210,000 miles


When turning off the car, the key gets stuck in the ignition switch between the run and off positions. When stuck the key cannot be turned or removed. The car cannot be started nor can the key be removed.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #3

Dec 232010


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Saturn SL2 sedan. While driving approximately 45 mph, the entire instrument panel and exterior lights began to flicker abnormally. The contact stated that the failure would occur intermittently. The contact reference NHTSA campaign id number: 09E012000 (exterior lighting) but his vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and the vehicle was repaired yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting further inspection of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 180,000.

- Halifax, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 262003

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer called complaining about the ignition module and electrical system. Manufacturer was contacted, and stated that they have a recall out, but consumer's vehicle not included due to VIN.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #1

Nov 142002

SL 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The vehicle caught fire while parked, possible electrical problems.

- Keenesburg, CO, USA

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