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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

4.7

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,414 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 #5

Feb 012006

SL 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

While the car was still under warrant, I took it to the dealer with a complaint that the engine would not accelerate well and described it as "sluggish". after checking it, it was determined that it was not the engine. When I kept noticing that the oil in the car was extremely low between oil changes, but it was not leaking out of the car nor was the car burning oil from the exhaust, I contacted the dealer via telephone and was told that they had just fixed a car with the same problem and the engine needed to be rebuilt to the tune of $1400. At this point, the car was out of warranty. I was advised that the oil was leaking into the engine itself.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #4

Nov 242007

SL 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
At around 60K the Saturn SL1 2002 showed a trouble code with the intake gasket leaking fuel mileage suffered. This car can not pass smog and now the car is consuming 1 qt of oil in 300 miles, as well as getting terrible gas mileage. No repairs have been made as I would think that since the net is littered with this problem on the SL1 1.9 it should be covered by Saturn. If there is not a common failure with the intake gasket why has Saturn made a upgraded gasket?? recall this pos!

- Cloverdale, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162006

SL 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,068 miles
Head gasket failure in a relatively young vehicle with 52,000 miles. Not covered under warranty and cost $600 to fix.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 142003

SL

  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle shutdown.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 302003

SL

  • miles
2002 Saturn Sl has 3 leaking seals. Very dangerous for a fire. Rear seal, oil pan gasket and crank case gasket all leaking. Dangerous for single women on the road.

- Clinton, MS, USA

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