Body Control Module on Saturn L300

Average mileage: 100,145 (13,000–218,000)
4 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
12 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
2002 Saturn L300109,500
Car started going haywire while driving. Lights on, door locks up/down.. DRL blinking like a police cars. Mileage then went from 109k plus to 694978 to which it stays. Took it to a GM Chevy dealer and was informed that there is no recall and basically the gentlemen told me.. "You had your car 7 years. Get a new car!" 7 years, much work into it and only 109k mileage. Driving it now, airbag light, security, check engine light, abs, change oil lights are a constant. Doors still make noise and will on there own go up and down. DRL occasionally blink, and my gas gauge will go to empty even though I know I have gas in it!!
2003 Saturn L30045,598
I NOTICED ABOUT 200 MILES AGO (3 MONTHS, I DON'T DRIVE MUCH) THAT THERE SEEMS TO BE A SHORT IN THE DRIVERS COMPARTMENT DASHBOARD LIGHTS, & WHEN I TRY TO ADJUST THE LIGHTS TO BRIGHTER OR LESS BRIGHT, LIGHTS EITHER GOES ALL THE WAY OFF MOST OF THE TIME, OR ALL THE WAY ON (NOT OFTEN). ALSO, IT SEEMS TO BE CONNECTED WITH A SHORT IN MY FAN MOTOR. IF THE LIGHTS ARE WORKING WELL, THEN I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH RUNNING MY FAN OR AIR CONDITIONER. HOWEVER, WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE FLICKERING, THEN MY FAN MOTOR DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. I HAVE NOT TAKEN THE CAR TO A MECHANIC YET, BUT THEREIS DEFINITELY A PROBLEM WITH ELECTRICAL SHORTING IN THE DRIVING COMPARTMENT.
My dome lights went out on my 2003 saturn L300. My mechanic is quoting $800 to replace the body control module to fix this issue. He says that saturn parts are becoming harder to come by and recomends that I replace the BCM now to avoid further controll issues with my spedometer, cruise control and other lighting systems. Hmmm.... not sure what to do.
2003 Saturn L300112,000
Problem stalls and odometer stopped working.
All dash lights flickered on and off including check engine light. Air conditioning stopped working. Ignition would not turn. Towed car to local dealership. body control module was replaced about 3 years ago. Check engine light was still on when i picked the car up. Dealership advised that i drive awhile and it would turn off by itself. It drove for less than one month after i paid over $700.00 dollars in repairs. It eventually turned off then back on. I just replaced the fuel pump in November. In June, my Saturn won't take the ignition key. I thought this car would last me at least 100,000 miles. This has been an expensive lesson. The blessing is that this has not cost my family or friends life.
Had this problem recently and the BCM was replaced. It cost me close to $700 for total repairs. The Saturn part alone was almost $500. This car has been a problem since I got it -- new. Got an extended warranty and had lots of major things repaired under warranty, but since it expired, the car continues to drain me with expensive repairs. Only positive thing: it is still cheaper than buying a new car.
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