2002 Saturn SL SL1 from North America - Comments

22nd Nov 2006, 15:44

I just wanted to say that I, also, have had an issue with the key 'sticking' in the ignition... like the last comment said, it was like the steering lock was preventing the key from turning.

On switching to my spare key, the problem has not happened since.

23rd Apr 2007, 21:27

Has anyone out there have a problem with the ignition/steering wheel coloum operating correctly?You have to yank back and forth to be able to turn the key.

6th May 2007, 14:44

Yes, same problem, I have to wiggle the key in the ignition to get it to unlock. But like the previous comment suggested, I am going to take it to a dealer and have a new "master" key made.

20th Aug 2007, 09:20

I had the same problem with my key. The dealer gave me a new key and said I need a new housing unit for my ignition lock which will cost $165.00. I did not get this done yet. I am still debating it since the dealer said it was not an emergency. He also said I need a new top engine mount, that it was sagging. Anyone ever hear of this?

2nd Aug 2009, 21:24

Yes I have the ignition key problem. But the rest of the car is perfect so far after 7 years and 100K miles. Except for maintenance, I didn't spend any money on repairs.

7th Mar 2010, 12:44

Key sticking when the column is locked due to locking mechanism catching; turn till resistance, then slightly release pressure while turning the key.

I seem to have electrical problems too. Strongly advise not adding to the system, like CD player amps, inverters and extra lights. If you do, run separate a wire to the battery and a fuseable link or YOU'LL REGRET IT.

5th Jul 2010, 10:27

I have a 2002 SL. I had a key problem, I just had a new key made and that solved everything.

10th Oct 2010, 21:42

I bought my 02 Saturn SL 3 years ago with 100,000 miles on it.

I had two new keys made, which looked exactly the same as the old one. They would not turn in the ignition at all. I wound up going to a Chevy/Saturn dealer rather far away and got two keys directly from them, which work fine. I've never figured out why the other keys don't work, they all look EXACTLY the same.

Also, I had to replace the intake manifold gasket, which I understand is made of paper. I had a better one installed, but it cost me $500. The car would not pass NYS inspection without the repair, the check engine light was on.

Not a bad car though. I get 36 MPG on the highway with the A/C running...

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