1997 Saturn SL

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1997 Saturn SL Reliability Rating

KEY: Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems

Category

Rating

Comments

Engine

Significant Problems An occasional problem with these vehicles is failure of the Cylinder Head, 1.9L single overhead cam engine only and the Crankshaft Position Sensor. Failure of the Cylinder Head allows coolant to mix with engine oil in the crankcase. Failure of the Crankshaft Position Sensor can cause the vehicle to stall or not start. The cost to replace the Cylinder Head is estimated at $482.00 for the cylinder head, $140.00 for gaskets and $767.00 for labor. The price to replace the Crankshaft Sensor is estimated at $25.57 for parts and $32.50 for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

Transmission & Driveline

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Steering & Suspension

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Brakes

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Heating & Air Conditioning

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Starting & Charging

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Accessories

Minimal Problems Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs.

Overall

5 out of 5 5 out of 5

*Repair costs are based on a flat rate of $65.00 per hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax.

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KEY: Minimal Problems Minimal Problems  Moderate Problems Moderate Problems  Significant Problems Significant Problems
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Engine Moderate Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems Significant Problems
Transmission & Driveline Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Steering & Suspension Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Brakes Moderate Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Minimal Problems
Heating & Air Conditioning Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Starting & Charging Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Minimal Problems
Accessories Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Moderate Problems Moderate Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems Minimal Problems
Overall 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5
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