Saturn SL2 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Saturn SL2

Saturn SL2 Problems

Timing Chain May Come Into Contact With Timing Cover and Make Noise

The timing chain may come into contact with the timing cover, causing noise in the engine. Replacement of worn timing chain components will be necessary to correct this concern.

Water pump leaking

now this one is kinda tricky because ife you have had this car long enough to get it to this kind of high milage bolts tend to not wanna come out but the water pump is very easily accessed through the passager front wheel well. Take the tire off, remove the splash guards for the wheel well, now you will see the crank shaft pulley and to the left the pulley tentioner and to the right the water pump pulley (you will notice the water pump pulley ...

Rubber Transmission Cooler Lines Can Leak Fluid

The rubber section of an automatic transmission cooler line may develop a fluid leak . In some cases the leaking section of hose can be replaced. In others, the complete cooler line must be replaced to correct this concern.

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Saturn SL2 Questions

Why does the bumpy road feel so hard in the front end? (1 answer)

Why is the break light staying on and there is a constant chiming (1 answer)

Car wont start. Seems related to most problems listed here already. Am I right? (1 answer)

Car wont engage (start). Tested battery, alternator, solenoid, ignition switch, starter- all are fine. Fuel pump is irrelevant since engine can still turn regardless if that were the case. Replaced neutral switch (named clutch interlock switch according to dealership). Even with it not able to st...

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Saturn SL2 Recalls

Front Seat Back Can Fall Backwards

The front seat back may fall backwards partially due to a worn gear in the recliner mechanism. Dealers will replace the front seat recliner mechanisms free of charge to resolve the problem.

Brake Pedal Pad Breaks

The brake pedal pad may fracture and come apart from the brake pedal arm, causing difficulty braking. Dealers will inspect and replace the brake pedal assembly as needed free of charge to resolve the concern.

Recall 02V020000
CERTAIN SEDANS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES," AND NO. 214, "SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION." THESE VEHICLES WERE MANUFACTURED WITH WELDS BETWEEN THE DOOR STRIKER AND BELT-LINE THAT DO NOT MEET SATURN SPECIFICATIONS.

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Saturn SL2 Reviews

This is my first car I love it. It only takes $20 to fill the tank. It's got more than enough room for my kids and I to be comfortable and It drives smooth the only thing I would add is a cd player other then that no complaints. It is of course a used car other then a few interior issued from the previous owner that won't cause much to restore it's a good relaiable vehicle.
I love my Saturn SL2. Yes there have been some issues, I bought it used but I have had it over 6 years. It is the best car I have ever had. The biggest issue I have had with it is, I have had to have the AC repaired every year. It will work for a season and then will stop working when I have to start switching on the heat. (crazy right!) Also I have had to have the key assembly in the steering...
Car is a blast to drive and is super-reliable. At 190,000 miles, and get 32 mpg city & highway. Car was BADLY abused before I got it at 80,000, and still ran fine. Previous owner SEVERELY OVERHEATED the engine. Aside work associated with fixing damage caused from the overheating problem, the maintenance has been pretty standard. When anything does go bad the replacement part is usually...

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