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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,000 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.

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2000 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 152005


  • 30,000 miles


Twice I was stopping the car--once to park and once at a light and instead of stopping the engine revved up at full throttle dragging the car forward even with the brakes pressed fully down. I had to throw the transmission into neutral and cut the engine off to stop it. No reason was ever found.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
While driving in cold weather at any speed the vehicle accelerateed without warning. As a result, the consumer had to shut off the vehicle. Please provide additional information.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012002


  • miles
When car is placed in driver or neutral, rpms rev up and stick. Potential hazard. Saturn said their diagnostic machine found nothing. 45 minutes after I had it checked I returned to Saturn and spoke with tech and car presented with problem. He changed what he called a "heat/cool sensor" and problem subsided for 3 days. Now problem presents again.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 242000


  • miles
Intermittently, the vehicle accelerates by itself, rpms go above 3,500, vehicle taken to dealership 3 times (Jan,2000) for the same problem, dealer could not duplicate the problem and said the cumputer did not show any problem with the vehicle.

- Freedom, NH, USA

problem #1

Sep 132000

(reported on)


  • miles
Two different incidents when placing vehicle in park or placing it in reverse rpms raced very high for no apparent reason. Problem was intermittent. Consumer believed that problem was linked to computer. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer was unable to determine the cause.

- New Brighton, MT, USA

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