Saturn L100 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Saturn L100

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Saturn L100 Problems

Check Engine Light Due to Engine Misfire

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing an engine misfire, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Diagnoses will be required to determine the cause and needed repair.

A/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold

The Saturn L100 may display the warning message "A/C off for Engine Protection" on the instrument panel. This may be accompanied by illumination of the check engine light and the temperature gauge reading cold at all times. This is a feature of the engine that is activated by the power control module when it detects the engine warming up too slowly. The OBD trouble code P0128 may also be stored. 

The cause is simply a worn out thermostat that stays open at all times, preventing the engine from reaching the proper operating temperature. 

Replacement of the thermostat will correct the issue. 

Flush brake fluid every 60,000 miles

Brake fluid can become dirty and may cause problems in the brake system; it should be flushed every 60,000 miles.

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Saturn L100 Recalls

Recall 07V519000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.2L 4-CYLINDER ENGINE, LINKS IN THE ENGINE'S TIMING CHAIN CAN SEPARATE.
Recall 05V245000
ON CERTAIN SEDANS AND WAGONS, THE PLASTIC HOUSING IN THE REAR TAIL LAMP ASSEMBLY CAN BECOME DISTORTED IF THE BRAKE LAMPS REMAIN ON FOR AN EXTENDED TIME.
Recall 03V231000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.2L L4 (L61) ENGINES, A FAILURE OF THE IGNITION CONTROL MODULE MAY CAUSE DETERIORATION IN IDLE QUALITY, REDUCTION IN OVERALL ENGINE POWER, AND THE VEHICLE MAY BE HARD TO START. CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE AFTER SUCH AN IGNITION MODULE FAILURE W...

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Saturn L100 Reviews

I have owned this car for 10 years, having bought it in 2003 with 18,000 miles on it. It now has 134,00 miles and is still running great. It is reliable and still looks like a much newer car. In the beginning, I had trouble with the battery and had to replace them every two years but that has not been a problem for some years. Even now, 90% of the parts on the car are the original. The two...
I hav ehad the car a year and something breaks every two months or so. it only has 184000 k on it. needed new muffler witch is crazy expencive to replace because it is not a standerd part $600. had to replace the entire fule line and pump because its a modular unit $700 the heating core is gone now $400 and the ac is bust, there are only 2 working speakers and the moters in the auto windows are...
I purhased my car in 2006 and it has done amazingly well for a 2002. All up into now!! I get scheduled oil changes and other maintenance, but the timing has jumped and the engine is not working. I made it to 112,694 miles...bummer!!!!

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