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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Rotor Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,567 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.

2002 Saturn SL brakes problems

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2002 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 092002

SL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


While applying the brake pedal brakes failed. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and pulled over. Vehicle was taken to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that rotors needed to be replaced, and replaced them four times. However, the problem recurred.

- Exeland, WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 122003


  • miles
Consumer complained about front brake rotors. Front brake rotors were replaced on two separate occasions, but the problem recurred.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 232004

SL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Vehicle rotors are warped. The consumer stated the rotors warped so bad in 10,000 miles that the vehicle shook and vibrated. When maneuvering around a curve the vehicle was difficult to control.

- Salem, WV, USA

problem #1

Jun 262003

SL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,269 miles
Steering wheel shakes when braking, especially at higher speeds. The dealer reports this is due to warped rotors due to "external forces" and not a warranty problem. The car has 30,000 miles and less than 2 years old. Driven mostly highway to and from work, 35 miles one way each day. Seems more like a defective part or engineering.

- Brevard, NC, USA

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