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I have a 2000 SL2, so the motor's slightly different from an SL1, but I'd assume the same transmission. My car has only 43,000 miles, but does the same slight RPM surge at around 35 MPH on deceleration. I assume it's just a Saturn quirk from the transmission upshifting as you slow down. It's annoying at times, but I hope I never viewed it as a critical problem (although I've never ... Read More
I had this very same issue on the same model and year. Have the dealership cut you a new key from their database. Mine got the the point where I could not turn it at all and ended up getting it towed in. Someone at work mentioned excessive key wear so I had them cut a new key (at under 10$ I figured it was worth a shot before they took ... Read More
Today is Day 49 in my ongoing fight with Saturn over a broken timing chain at 84,700 miles on our 2001 L200. It broke while the vehicle was in operation on April 17, 2007. I discover after the fact that Saturn had known about the problem for a long time, since well before the vehicle had moved out of the extended warranty period, even as far back as during the model ... Read More
I have a 2000 Saturn SL1- I have two issues and can't really afford to take it to Saturn so they can charge me a fee just to tell me what they need to fix. The first is that my keyless entry has stopped working. It will lock all the doors but only unlocks the driver door. I've changed the battery but that didn't work. Anyone know how I fix this? ... Read More
I bought a 2000 Saturn LS2. I have been told by Saturn that it would cost 400+ dollars to fix this. is there a way I can buy the part and have someone install it without a huge problem????? ANYONE!!! they said it was the crank shaft sensor.
Do you have headlights? If you don't, you have a battery cable problem I'd guess.
Ok here it is. I went out last night in the dark to see if I could see anything diffrent on the car. and this is what's up. I connected a brand new battery and waited 15 min I turned the key and nothing, no power to anything,no accessory, no dash lights, no lights nothing. in the dark when I turn the key. I do see a very faint light for ... Read More
Hello all, here my problem in detail. my girlfriend owns the car. she has complained to me that on occasion (5 times in the last month) she needs to get jump started at work when she is going home. *** note I bought her a new battery about 2 months ago.*** Everytime when she gets home I check the car and everything seems fine??? but this morning We woke up and ... Read More
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Hello Everyone, I'm new to this site. Also new to Saturn. The below posts frighten me about what I had originally thought a Saturn to be ... caring, comfortable, family like, and incredibly safe and flawless. Speaking of safe, I just purchased a Saturn LS2 yr 2000 not even a full year ago. I chose not to elect the "WARRANTY" unfortunately. and today on my way into the office, my brakes ... Read More
My 6 cyl. 2000 Saturn starts fine when cold but, on hot days, after I drive it and shut it off for just a short time, it will not start. It doesn't even turn over. If I wait a while for it to cool, it will start okay. What should I check? I'm a do-it-yourselfer but this problem does not show up on my OBDII. Could it be crank sensor? start ... Read More
I have a 2000 L series, Saturn has tried multiple times to correct the tire problem with my car. 9 sets of tires in 74000 miles and the tires are making noise again. The other day I took it to the dealership complaining about the tires cupping again, they lent me a 2003 L series to drive for the day, and all 4 tires on that car were singing louder than ... Read More
I'm sorry you sell Saturns for a living. Once upon a time they were a great car for the money. Then they went back under the control of GM and the pride in craftmanship disappeared and less and less of the vehicle is actually made in the US. I RECOMMEND ANY OTHER BRAND OF CAR is you ar buying used. Hyundai would even be better than any Saturn made from 2000 ... Read More
2001saturn l 200. timing chain broke,motor is junk.79,000 miles. car was find ,no noise ,nothing.
What was the problem with your Saturn? My 2000 L-Series seems to have the same sickness you describe with your 2003 Saturn L200 . I'm getting the same mad flashing light show and although the car starts with no problem, I can't move the gears out of park. My car has had a few problem, but for most part has been quite reliable. I keep up with the regular maintenance, but ... Read More
Hi, I am looking for a used car and I recently saw a 2000 Saturn LS with 60 K miles for $7000 at a dealer, which does not seem like a bad deal, since I can probably haggle it down to $6000-6500. However, I am a bit apprehensive about the Saturn's fiberglass body. Is it true that any little fender bender will shatter the fiberglass requiring expensive replacements? Does the fiberglass ... Read More
It can't be the ignition module because I had it replaced a couple of weeks ago due to a recall....and I've been had these problems before and after I had the car taken in. Thank you for a quick reply. I called into work today and spent a good part of the day reading customer complaints about Saturns and everything is pointing to the alternator to being the problem. I hope ... Read More
I'm having the same issues too! It all cultimated yesterday morning when my car wouldn't start at all. I took the battery out and got it tested and NTB said it's good. Put the battery back into my L2000 Saturn and it worked fine. Everything was great until this morning once again. My car will not start and when I turn the key, nothing happens. No clicks, no lights...nothing. When I ... Read More
I have a 2002 lw200 my timing chain broke also and damaged the engine. Cost me 1650.00 I filed a complaint with the NHTSA which had already started and investigation into this matter. I have read that there is a TBS on the oiler nozzel ( has since been redesigned.
The chain guides are aluminum with long nylon slippers attached. The nylon deteriorates and breaks off, resulting in excessive chain slack. The chain jumps, the camshaft timing retards, and the exhaust valves become intimate with the piston crowns. I've done more than I can count, but have never had to replace other than the exhaust valves, and chain/guide/sprocket kit. The divots in the pistons aren't a problem and won't adversely affect ... Read More
Not "slip" but it can "Jump" a tooth, yes, if it is slack enough...or it can jam and break. Generally a slack chain is something that makes a good deal of noise prior to jumping or breaking.
A timing CHAIN slipping is a common problem ? I can't understand how a timing could actually slip. It could break and cause this kind of damage -- which is extreme damage and completely unacceptable, don't get me wrong -- but can a timing CHAIN actually slip ? That Thanks, Rick D.
common Saturn problem unfortunately if one is to believe the various automotive forums online.
I have a 2000 Saturn L100 with barely 60000 miles on it. Suddenly I have to get a new engine because the timing chain slipped and caused a piston to go through the valve. From what I understand this isn't normal - has anyone else had a similar experience. Input appreciated.
I had an LS2 2000. The brake peddle has an interlock of sorts with the transmission. Is you brake fully depressed when trying to take out of park?
I had a similar problem with my 2000 LS2. It started jerking from a dead stop. Felt like it was going from 1st to 4th gear in one jump. No power. This happend two times. both times selenoid in transmission needed changing. Went at about 23000 and 51000 miles. $600 each time.
Hi to all, I thought my name would come up automatically when I posted the previous message so I'm just attaching it here. Thanks for any help you can provide to the question about the 2000 saturn wagon transmission problem noted in the previous message. Doyle Sely
Hi to all, I'm new to the list but not to the problem, sadly. 2000 Saturn wagon. Sitting cold over night and now won't shift out of park. Put more transmission fluid in, which has worked before (it's stuck in gear before), but it has not helped. Sitting on a steep hill so can't measure fluid levels. Any thoughts? Thanks.
I had a 2000 SL1 and the first engine went on me at 78000 kms - cause was a broken valve. At first they wanted $5000 then they went to $2500 and then we settled on $750. They put the engine in and it lasted 450km. No kidding, only 450km - cause was premature wear, the engine was worn out like it had over 300,000 kms on it. The next engine ... Read More
I have a 2000 SL2 4 door Saturn. Unfortunately I was to close to a wall and whacked my drivers side remote mirror. I am not mechanical at all, but wanted to know what to expect before I went to the Saturn repair service. The mirror is hanging on the side of the door and the glass is gone, and a piece is chipped off. About how much can I expect ... Read More
My daughter's 2000 saturn is very loud from about 45-65mph. We have changed the serpentine belt but that did not make a difference. Any suggestions what to check? the loudness is coming from the front of the car not the exhaust area and and is not loud in park. thanks for any help!!
I have the same problem as you,exactly the same,my car's model is Saturn 2000.Now I am waiting for that,hope it's ok after 1 hour.
I've read about a million of comments/complaints posted on this site, and I must say I hope I don't have these probs with my 2000 SL2. I picked mine up at the local salvation army auction for $307.00 and couldn't be more pleased. It has 67000 miles showing and the previous owner obviously did not believe in periodic maintenance. It had one hell of an engine knock, but with gas prices ... Read More
I have a problem very similar to yours on my 2000 LS2 Saturn (V6).Intermittent starting problem (mostly when cold) and DTC PO1779 and PO1791. Security,check engine,reduce power and service engine lights came on.It will not start at all now. If anyone else has had this problem,please advise on solution(s).
I have a 2000 Saturn SL2 with 184k+ miles on it. I've kept up with all maintenance, and have never had any problems whatsoever with my car. Aside from wear and tear; like breaks, spark plugs, and a cracked resinator from when I ran over a nice sized black of ice (Heh. Oops?). My car runs nice and smooth, and still gets 38 MPG Hwy, and about 28 - 30 MPG ... Read More
I just bought a 2000 Saturn L series and everything was running great - and this morning when I was on my way to work the service engine soon light came on. I listened to the engine sounds the same - any thoughts?
Hey there!! I feel Your Pain!! My L200 is out with an "Internal Engine Damage" Just would not start one afternoon. No warning or anything!! It has just under 90,000miles and the dealer wants at least 4,000.00 to put in a rebuilt engine!!! Any one else have this problem?? Tried to get out of loan, but we still owe 18 more months. The diagnostic report was similar to Flood Damage!?!?! Never ... Read More
I just replaced a fuse for the driver automatic seat adjustor and when I did this the radio will turn on however, no sound comes from the speakers also the automatic locking doors will not lock or unlock can you help? thanks steve
8 weeks ago i filled my tank at a new station.so after the service light came on.i drained the gas and after a few trips the light went off.2 weeks ago i thought i would try the gas station again.i used a higher octane.soon after that the service engine light came back on.after draining the gas and filling up 3 times at my normal gas staton.the service engine light still hasn't ... Read More
Hello All, My car recently hit 50,000 miles on it and has had relatively few problems up until now. While driving I've noticed that the rpm's will increase even while coasting on a flat stretch. That is what first brought my attention to this issue. I was going around 35 mph and coasting when the rpm's jumped above 2,000 and then fell to around 1,000. I should mention that the car ... Read More
Hi everyone, I bought my 2000 Saturn SL1 last fall in a private party sale. The car is in good shape, it only has 65,000 miles on it. Since then it has sporatically idled rather high sometimes when I put the car in park (it's an automatic). Lately it seems to be doing it a lot more. When I put the car in park it shoots up to about 2000-2500 RPM. ... Read More
Here's the gist of a couple of Saturn 2000 L series technical service bulletins pertaining to intermittent no start in hot weather, which might apply to your vehicle: TSB #00-T-28, replace main V6 relay in underhood fuse box. May set DTC P1780. TSB # 03-08-56-002, replace passlock sensor. May illuminate security telltale light and/or set DTC B2960.
I have a 2000 "L" Series which is experiencing a no start (Turns Over But No Start) after driven. After waiting for a period of time from 20 minutes to an hour, the car starts fine & runs perfectly. This is happening at random times but lately more more my wife has been stranded until the car cools down. The car has never quit running while being driven. I brought it ... Read More
Just this week my timing chain went. It did not occur on the road, the car just did not start up. I have a 2000 LW1 with 107,000 approximately. I will contant the NHTSA as you advise.
I actually just had this problem fixed (for good I hope!) last week. I had been dealing with an independent mechanic who could not fix the problem, so he spoke with a friend of his that specializes in auto electronics. After describing the problem, he told my mechanic it was almost definitely the BCM, which meant I had to take the car to Saturn (Saturn doesn't release security codes to independent ... Read More
most of the problems were caused by a mechanic turning idle screw the wrong way--- :) nice people--vacuum test ok would go up to 2000 when put into park engine light on--trans shifting erratic-temp sensor bad corrected surging-all other sensors replaced--throttle body cleaned about 250.00 parts my labor and brothers I canott name co. I do business with but I wish I could transcript follows----The idle stop screw controls the min ... Read More
I have a 2000 LS2 the is basically just like a L300, I have the same or similar problem, when I try to start it the security light blinks and it will turn over but not start. I just got back from the Saturn dealer after the “fixed” this problem by replacing the BCM (computer control), on my return trip home from Saturn some 90 miles from home stopping at a ... Read More
I only replaced the battery and that has calmed the flickering down. Mind you, the battery in my vehicle was over 5 years old (2000 Intrigue). I did have a charging system analysis done when I had my car inspected at the end of February. They could not complete the test because of my battery was low. I changed the battery 2 days later and it appears that my lights are ... Read More
Re: 1997 Saturn SL2, 120,000 miles suddenly died while in the middle of driving [johnakaj] Mine also died suddenly while driving, mine is just short of 101,000 miles. My 2000 L-series wagon (actually built in 1999), bit it yesterday. All electric was still working and there had been no warning. I'd driven it 150 miles Easter Sunday in the rain and everything was hunky-dory. Same for the Monday commute, 75 miles. ... Read More
expect at least $1000. it is a very involved process, as it is pretty much the center of the engine.
Our 2000 Saturn needs head gasket, how much should I expect to pay at a Saturn Dealer to have it replaced. I understand things can come up to make it cost more. But if nothing else goes wrong what should I expect to pay at a Saturn Dealer for this work? Thank you,
Hi there!I am a employee of a Saturn dealer in Ny. The differance between a LS AND a LS1 is just power stuff like windows and locks.They were not avaible in a Ls.The Ls name was only used for 2000 and 2001 in 2002 it was know as the L100.The Ls1 than became the L200 and Ls2 was the L300.Saturn did away with the Base model in 2002 and in '04 ... Read More
HI ALL I AM PURCHASING A 2000 SATURN LS1 THIS FRIDAY 03.25.05 I HAVE DONE LOTS OF RESEARCH ON THIS CAR AND I THINK ITS A CHARM FOR THE DEAL IM GETTING, IT SILVER, HAS THE ALLOY WHEELS,A KILLER AM/FM CD TAPE PLAYER, THE 2.2 4CYL BIT SLOW BUT PEPPY, SPOILER, NO SUNROOF, WITH ONLY 50K MILES. THE ONE QUESTION I HAVE IS WHAT IS THE DIFFRENCE BETWEEN THE MODELS, I ... Read More
Husband has a 2000 LS and the CD player constantly skips CDs. Often times it will play just fine, and then start skipping and doesn't stop. Saturn wants $400 to replace the factory dash CD player. Has anyone else experienced this?
I maintain my niece's 2000 L series.The throw-out bearing went at 12000 miles.Clutch was replaced at that time.Now at 45000 miles the throw-out bearing is making noise again.My initial feeling was Saturn had a design problem or mfg.problem with throw-out bearings.Your note was the only one I found on clutch issue so now I'm not sure what the problem is.I checked the driving style of my neice and she is doing ... Read More
Help! We bought this car used from the Saturn lot with only 22K miles, but they said it came from a rental company. We get split-second 'slipping' (as though it was my old '63 VW manual tranny), during which of course the tach goes from 2000-4000 rpm. The slips occur during gear CHANGES. They are very imtermittent, like 2-4 days apart, not constant. They have happened on straight-ahead driving as well ... Read More
I have a saturn 2000 LS the timing chain went Jan 28 2005 damage the piston and valve I have been in touch with saturn corp they do not want to know anything there is a problem from resarhing this on the internet the oil nozzle is causing the flow to the motor to be stop because its to small and the motor is not getting enough oil and the timing ... Read More
Hi all! I need help! My 2000 Saturn SL1 just reached 97,000 miles and the check engine soon light came on. I also notice a hesitation when I step on the gas, and it seems to be getting worse. Any ideas about what could be causing this? I will be going to the shop on Mon, and I want to go there informed (lone female going to repair shop--ohh yeaa). Thanks! ... Read More
That is a possible solution for the problem. I know that many of the GM midsize cars built in this time frame have had this problem with the dimming lights. I also am having this problem with mmy 2000 Intrigue. Most people on the Intrigue board believe it is the alternator that is the source of the problem. And GM did issue a revised replacement alternaotr for the Intrigue a couple ... Read More
Would like to know more details on the timing chain, how many miles does this happen on a Saturn what makes and years. I have a Saturn LS 2000 4 cylinder 2 cam. Just about 53,500 miles one loan payment to go for February and its mine. And just short of six months of five years warranty was 3/36, looking for help with this problem.
I have a 2000 LS2 model and ever since it passed the 14k I has the air flow sensor (oxygen sensor??) replaced under warranty 3 times. And after the 36k warrenty I started to have majot problems with the saturn. It started to have intermittent electrical problems at 40k and I had the engine control module replaced twice! Each costing over 1k. And I had my window switch replaced and my ... Read More
OK! give me your opinion on this one: have a 2000 LS-1 81,000 and change on odometer. 1st engine locked up at 20,000 and change. Cause: main bearing failure on crankshaft. Saturn DID replace under warranty! 2nd engine gone at less than 62,000 miles on it. Cause: Timing chain broke on Interstate- valve's and piston's met-end of engine! Now, Saturn wants $5,000 for a NEW engine installed! I use Castrol Syntec ... Read More
This was posted on another board. Saturn Tennesee does not help me. Dealer knows nothing. Can anyone help me? My car will be illegal to drive in New York State next year unless Saturn can fix the problem. They have had it 11 times on this all dealer maintained car. The problem started at 12990 miles 2 days after warranty and car now has 17600 miles. I may have to give ... Read More
I just got a letter yesterday offering to "exchange" my 2000 L-Series 4-door for any 2004 Saturn, within the next 4 days! They need to fulfill a "special used vehicle request". What is that? Sounds like a buy back for some sort of lemon flavored catastrophe looming large in Saturn's future. I've read some depressing remarks from 2000 L-Series owners (Tires, Alignment, Cooling System, Sensors, Ignition, etc). Is it really that ... Read More
with 43k miles on it, my friends 2000 LS1's AC compressor seized up. the belt broke shortly after. The service center is saying that it'll cost $850 for the new compressor. They say the clutch (AC) is shot as well from the compressor siezing up. Does any of this sound suspicious... it sounds kind'a to me. It's Saturn of Bordentown in NJ.
The 2006 "Epsilon" Saturn can't get here fast enough!! I think it is supposed to get a real name. For 2000, 'LS' was the worst name! Was too close to 'SL'. People think it as just "a Saturn car" or a pricier S. I am betting the plant will stop building the L(ame) sooner than 2005, with them piling up and no buyers.
I have a 93sw2 and it has burned at least 3/4 quart in 3000 miles since day 1. I took it back under warranty, and the dealer did a check finding that in 2000 miles it didn't change enough to warrant engine work. Oddly enough, when I use valvoline it consumes less than other brands. Some owners have experienced even greater consumption, so you shouldn't feel bad about this; this is ... Read More
Bought my Saturn LS sedan on 7/15/00 here in Baltimore. 4 days later we attended the open house for new customers to get acquainted with the Saturn way of doing business. About 80 people showed up for the meal, video tapes and demonstrations. One lady said that she was having a problem turning the key. We all looked at each other, wondering where did she learn to drive. Everybody knows that ... Read More