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NHTSA — Engine Problems

1.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
144,777 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 292008

SL

  • 44,330 miles

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

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

Jun 272014

SL

  • 230,000 miles
Ignition switch is hard to impossible to turn on and once the car is running the key will turn to the off position and with the key extracted from the lock the engine continues to run.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #1

Dec 142012

SL 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While going from a parked position to driving. The car shifted gears very hard to the point it rattled the whole car. I stopped driving and checked the engine and all fluid levels. Everything seemed fine. As I pulled off again it did the same thing each time the automatic transmission shifted gears, this time harder. The mechanic at worked tested the computer and it registered a problem with the egr valve and an unknown code. When I called a certified service center they said they have seen this a bunch of times and that it is a common problem. With this is a common problem, where is the recall to get it fixed.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

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