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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2002 Saturn SL lights problems

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2002 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052007


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Saturn Sl. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled on numerous occasions. The contact mentioned that the visibility was low on the high beams and the lights on the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the ignition switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V231000 (electrical system) and NHTSA campaign id number: 05V158000 (exterior lighting). The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005

SL 4-cyl

  • miles
The GM ignition problems prompting the current recall also affected the car above. I bought the 2002 Saturn new in March of 2003, and owned it for over 10 years, selling it last fall to a friend. I had it at the jake sweeney (cincinnati) dealership several times for strange "electrical" problems. (car did not have auto door locks or windows - everything was manual). I would be driving, when all the dash gauges would go out. It would register no speed, no temp, no gas, no rpms. Odometer didn't move. I could drive the car, stop and start. Then suddenly it would "come to". the dealership thought I was nuts, until finally in early 2013, I was able to get it to the dealership while it was doing it. After days of diagnostics, they said it was the ignition. They replaced the whole thing (at my expense) and the problem was solved. They said "were you aware that you could take the key out while the car was in drive?" (I had not been aware).

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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