2003 Saturn L300 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Saturn L300

2003 Saturn L300 Problems

A burning smell may develop due to an oil leak form one or both valve cover gaskets. Resealing the valve cover will generally correct this concern. However, the valve covers should be inspected and replaced if damaged.

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing the engine to misfire which can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate or begin flashing.

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

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2003 Saturn L300 Questions

if its not the fuel line, then where else would fuel be leaking from top of tank, when the car is running that is the only time fuel leaks out

I know this is an expensive repair, right now I don't have the funds. I was quoted $2000-$2500. In your opinion is it worth having the repair? It has 72,000 mi., good condition. I'm trying to avoid having a car payment. Any advice is welcomed.

the gas cap was checked did not help.
just happened today for the first time. 3 hrs from home

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2003 Saturn L300 Recalls

Due to a manufacturing problem, the windshield wiper motor may stop working while in use. If this occurs in severe weather, driver visibility could be reduced, which could lead to a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the wiper motor assembly if necessary. The recall began November 6, 2002.

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2003 Saturn L300 Reviews

Bought a used 2003 Saturn L300. It has been a nightmare from day 1. Nothing but problems. Every part is extremely overpriced and there are very few parts that are NOT dealer parts only. If you were thinking of buying this model I suggest you run as fast as you can. Common problems? The air conditioner condensor hose pops off and floods the inside of the car...this is a common known problem. ECM...

Still love my 2003 Saturn LS300. Have a check engine light, was told it needs to have the thermostat replaced. Dash lights dim regularly. A/C had a problem with the wiring getting crimped causing a malfunction. Not the best of gas mileage right now getting 22-25 in town. Just under 90,000 miles on it right now. Heard it was going to take 4+ hours to replace thermostat. Anyone have inst...

Seems to have more problems than other cars I've owned. Especially after warranty ran out. Something needs fixing every six months. Don't recommend buying this model.

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