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About Saturn SL2

As a member of the eminent and characteristic Saturn S-Series, Saturn SL2 was produced by the subsidiary of General Motors Saturn Corporation (Saturn LLC) and sold under its brand Saturn between 1991 and 2000 as a compact vehicle. Originally introduced as a trim level of the SL, SL2, however, made a difference and became a most popular model in the lineup. But still, after being manufactured for about three generations, the SL2 was replaced by the Saturn Ion (ION) along with the whole S-Series.
The second-generation Saturn SL2 was produced from 1996 to 1999 based on the GM Z platform. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door sedan. But it came in several special editions including the 1994 Homecoming Edition, which had special Pearl White paint, 1998 Black Top Coupe Package, 1999 Homecoming Edition in Mint color. During this generation, Saturn SL2 was powered by a dual overhead cam 1.9 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 124 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque and this engine sent power through either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. Then the more recent SL2 arrived at the market in 1999 as a 2000 model with storage compartment with a sliding armrest in the center console as standard. It also got a SL2 10th Anniversary Edition (also known as the Silver Anniversary Edition), back then, it still got power from a 1.9 L I4 and the 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmissions.

Saturn SL2 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Even backed by the General Motors' excellent build quality, as the accumulation of mileage, the parts of Saturn SL2 will wear and tear. And once the wearing starts, these common problems will pop out one by one:
First, according to the car repair statistics site, the transmission failure ranks first among all other issues on Saturn SL2. According to some SL2 drivers, this issue often arises when the vehicle reaches about 60,000 miles and it often appears out of the blue. In fact, many people have no idea about this problem and thought it only leads to uncomfortable and unsteady driving trip. In fact, apart from an unpleasant ride, this issue also shows as difficulty in shifting gears, the vehicle starting in another gear or refusing to go into gear, the indicator not matching the gear, transmission fluids leaking on the ground as well as transmission slippage and surging. And all these symptoms could get you in trouble of driving danger. For your safety, please make sure the SL2 transmission assembly, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, transfer case seal and shift cable.
Second, car shuts down while driving is another serious issue that troubles Saturn SL2 drivers a lot. This is obviously caused by engine failure and it often appears when the vehicle reaches at about 100,000 miles, which is not a short distance for a vehicle. In case your SL2 breaks down at this point, you might as well learn about these symptoms of this issue and get them solved. First, the engine will make some sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling to attract your attention. Then, it runs roughly, misfires, and even stalls. The engine performance will reduce to lose power while acceleration and consume excessive fuel. And the illuminated Check Engine Light is the most obvious sign to inspect the SL2 spark plug, engine mount, air filter, oil filter, oxygen sensor, timing belt tensioner, timing chain tensioner, and drive belt thoroughly.
In order to get a perfect driving trip, you need to make sure every part on your Saturn SL2 plays their roles properly, which means you need to pay extra attention to vulnerable auto parts and perform routine maintenance on them. On your SL2, please add windshield wiper, wiper blade, seat belt, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter to the routine maintenance list since they are all helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving environment.
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