Problem Description and Possible Solution
The alternator may fail causing the charge light to illuminate. Driving with this condition will eventually cause the engine to stall due to low system voltage.
Average mileage: 140,592 (115,000–200,000)
12 model years affected: 1991
, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
22 people reported this problem
keep having to replace the alternator. We have changed the alternator at least three times now. I have dealt with the reverse issue do to a lack of power, window and door locking problems as well as stalling when applying the brake all seem to work well with a new alternator however have to change it once a month at least. LIFETIME WARRANTY suggested on any alternator installed in Saturns.
The vehicle ran into problems at first when placing it into reverse and did not have enough power to reverse. It instead continued to roll down the hill I happened to be on. Later the same night of August 31, 2011, I had started up fine and when I went to make a U-Turn, the transmission kicked when in reverse and the lights dimmed to almost nothing. Less than 200 feet later, the vehicle stalled and would not start. The alternator was replaced a few weeks prior to this event. The battery is also 2 weeks old.