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NHTSA — Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls Problems

8.1

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,556 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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1998 Saturn SL windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 012002

SL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear windows will not go up or down. However, they fall down on low speed, slight impact, unlevel terrain (bumps). I wonder if Saturn has any idea how fun it is to stop everytime you pass a bump in the road, get out of the vehicle and manually push the windows back in place; only to have them fall again within the next hour. Don't drive your 1998 Saturn SL2 in the rain unless you wish to get wet along with everything in your rear seat. It's definately "different in a Saturn", that's why I will never purchase one again.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #8

Nov 152001

SL

  • miles
Both power windows in rear of car failed. Both power windows failed even though they have rarely been used. Driver side rear window drops down while driving causing distraction to driver and excessive wind and wind noise in the car. A third power window component was replaced on the front of the car while still under warranty. Suspect faulty window regulators as dealer mentioned both regulators would have to be replaced. Date is approximate for 1st window. Second window failed about 7 months later.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 222001

SL

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #6

Aug 011998

SL

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power window motor.

- Santa Paula, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 071998

SL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power window regulator failed. Mjs

- San Pedro, CA, USA

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problem #4

Feb 011999

(reported on)

SL

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Windows failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 171998

SL 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power windows failed.

- Santa Barb, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)

SL

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Power windows failed.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 121997

SL

  • miles
Driving at any speed the vehicle will vibrate and make bucking sounds from time to time. The vehicle has been in the shop eight times for different problems. Also, there is a lack of power and grinding noise coming from the vehicle. Tide rod end had to be replaced. In addition, consumer had power steering/ window problems. Repaired vehicle three times, and they can't determine the problem. Vehicle has been in shop eight more times.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

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