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Saturn L200 Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

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.

Saturn L200 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., January 29, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND MINIVANS. THE PASSENGER AIR BAG INFLATOR MODULES WERE BUILT WITHOUT THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF GENERANT, WHICH PRODUCES THE GAS THAT FILLS THE AIR BAG. SOME WERE BUILT WITH A DOUBLE LOAD OF GENERANT AND SOME WERE BUILT WITHOUT GENERANT.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 16, 2002

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND MINI VANS, SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE A PASSENGER AIR BAG THAT WAS MANUFACTURED WITHOUT A CHECK VALVE PIN. AN AIR BAG WITHOUT THE CHECK VALVE PIN COULD PRODUCE INCREASED PRESSURE AT THE ONSET OF THE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT AND REDUCED PRESSURE AFTERWARD.

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Body, Interior & Misc., November 6, 2002

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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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Electrical & Lights, July 1, 2003

Summary: 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 WILL RESULT IN THE ┬┐SERVICE ENGINE SOON┬┐ LIGHT FLASHING, AND MAY LEAD TO SECONDARY FAILURES OF THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER, OXYGEN SENSOR, AND EXHAUST RESONATOR.

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Engine, January 15, 2008

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.2L 4-CYLINDER ENGINE, LINKS IN THE ENGINE'S TIMING CHAIN CAN SEPARATE.

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Saturn L200 Questions and Answers

pb1955, 2001 Saturn L200, 4 Cylinder, Somerville, AL

My transmission doesn't want to change out. It's an automatic. I can stop,shut off the engineand wait a minute and restart and it will do fine for a little ways then do it again. Do you k...

rj2029x, 2001 Saturn L200, 4 Cylinder, Stafford, VA

I recently changed out my A/C compressor. After I finished my transmission makes like a clunk when it shifts gears. I'm getting a IAT (Intake Air Temp) Sensor code, saying that it could be a b...

1236 bill, 2001 Saturn L200, 4 Cylinder, Walled Lake, MI

do you have to replace the pipe to motor when the converter is replaced ?

Bill4us, 2001 Saturn L200, 4 Cylinder, Cresson, PA

timing belt broke and they recommended that the head has to be replaced how much is this going to set me back

Helen4457, 2001 Saturn L200, Huntsville, AL

My bright lights are coming on when I turn on the blinker and also when the car is off the bright lights are coming on by themselves and running down the battery. Is there a way to manually discon...

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Saturn L200 Reviews

I purchased car with less than 7,000 miles. It ran like a charm and was excellent on gas. Also, I had a knee problem and
was driving another car which made it worse. This car rode so
comfortably and my knee problem was not an issue. Anyway, besides light bulbs blowing out in rear (seems to do that more often than should. Use mostly locally, but took on trips as well. Approx. 36,000 and that's when started with things going wrong. What a bummer! The headlights turned on (even with car shut off). This was worse on overcast/rainy days. Also, the oil light came on for oil change ahead of time (the levels were fine) and then the car doors wouldn't lock, remote wouldn't work and worst of all the odometer completely blanked out and went down to "1". Told was Body Control Module and it's very
costly to replace at dealer. My local mechanic unable to fix due to special machine that reads codes didn't have. The GM dealer said will cost about $6-700, to start. I hope this fixes it, but wish I could get a new car as don't feel safe anymore with it after reading negative reviews. Was happy with
it before and thought we'd keep it basically till it dies. But
now, I'm very confused. Had water pump issue couple years ago
and air conditioner fixed. Hope nothing else goes wrong.

Have a 02 l200 been good car has 2.2 engine just stopped. Has fuel pressure. Replaced cam sensor still won 't start. Need help. Smiteye56@aol.com

I have 2003 saturn L200 with no issue.The only thing is that the electrial circuit of this car is corrupted .I dont know but when this car stood for sometime it will unlock and lock automatically and wiper start working without th help of getting the engine on. Mans every part of the car which is connected to electrical circuit move in the similar way .Like trunk ,it open and close automatically .Please give me any solution. Its been long long time..
Thanks my email adres is gsingh.stalwart@gmail.com

Bought this on mechanic's suggestion. Best choice. Got it the same day at a Saturn dealer (year before GM had to close down the division!). Super car. works pretty good. Amazed at the finish (silver) staying in such good condition - even after a great deal of tree sap falls on it (as well as seagull crap) it cleans right up and shines. Seats (cloth) are super comfortable and wear very well. All the bells and whistles are in great working condition. Never a problem with the door locks, seats, windows or heating and AC. Auto dimmer works like magic. Needed to replace the O2 sensor (this was forecast by my mechanic) and have had new brake linings (shoes) and new struts (struts are always expensive!). The cat convertor was replaced when I bought the car (from dealer) and have had no problems ever since. With current cars, we must always remember to be sure the gas tank cap is closed tightly (something my mechanic reminded me to do before we bought the L200) -- this alone will save us lots of money in needless repairs to the electronics. The mechanic says it's one of the best cars GM ever built, especially the 4-Cylinder engine -- just rock solid. Some day soon I'll have to have the AC recharged, but that's been 4 years ago. Summer's coming on. The ride is still very comfortable, even with the tires I'm running, which are long-life tires and are a little harder and rougher riding than most tires. It's a keeper. I'm 69 and don't plan on buying another car for the rest of my life. This one's good for the long run, I hope. I'm not really a car-lover, and look for utility more than anything else, but even my wife loves it, and she likes comfy cars.

My headlights(daytime running lights/high beam) keep flashing along with the door locks keep unlocking. It's very annoying with other vehicles thinking I have an emergency. The door locks keeping unlocking as I'm driving. I went to the local dealer and didn't want to pay the diagnostic fee of $100. The service tech advised me to change the key ignition which triggers the anti theft system which causes the lights to flash and the doors to unlock. I did and it didn't fix my problem. $50 for cylinder and %60 for locksmith to install and key the cylinder. Waste of time and money. any suggestions? I'm desperate and will have to go to the dealer and pay high dealer labor and diagnostics. I love my car. Will never get rid of. Only problem I've ever had.

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