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NHTSA — Power Train Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,277 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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2002 Saturn SL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 292008


  • 44,330 miles


Saturn is an L200 series/there was only the ls on your list.numerous occasions of engine stall while traveling at all speeds. Called Saturn/said VIN not accepted? live in Florida keys/had to go to miami & get tail lamp fixed/only lasted two weeks (this was before engine stall) & call to Saturn. Am 69yr old female/afraid to use car/paid for all sorts of repairs/modules/sensors"??and more. No one in keys to repair via GM - Saturn said miami only. Roundtrip over 200 miles. Afraid to drive/can't afford another car/must junk and, ofcourse, Saturn said VIN # not under recall for engine or electrical. Is there any way to recoup dollars I paid for any repairs on this car??" so much more than I am listing here......thank you NHTSA.

- Key Colony Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 282013


  • 89,000 miles
I came to a complete stop at a stop sign, went to put it first (5speed) and the shifter bushing broke. The shifter was just flopping around.I could have been in serious situation if I was in the city or traveling.or picking up a senior customer.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Saturn SL1 was not shifting properly. Took it in for repairs on Monday, 6/23/03. Supossedly computer was reprogrammed. Four days later (06/27/03) transmission failed totaly. Had to have car towed. Whole transmission was replaced but I do not feel safe driving it.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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