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Saturn L300 Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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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.

Electrical & Lights -- avidarlington and 3 others

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.

Saturn L300 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 L300 Questions and Answers

divit, 2001 Saturn L300, Bakersfield, CA

While driving my trachometer will suddenly go down to 0 and the Service Engine Soon Light and Service Lights will come on briefly. I noticed today it did this while on cruise control (didn't ...

divit, 2001 Saturn L300, Bakersfield, CA

Ok, took your advice and went and had it checked out by the dealer. Said it's the "body control module not communicating with the vehicle" "dtc(diagnostic trouble code U10640. ...

gene1962, 2001 Saturn L300, Thornburg, IA

i had new valve stem seals put in my 3.0l engine and it still smokes 2 days later what is wrong

gene1962, 2001 Saturn L300, Thornburg, IA

iam waiting another 3 days for smoke to clear up but how do i find out if valve seals were replaced or is there anything else could be causing it to smoke at start up

gene1962, 2001 Saturn L300, Thornburg, IA

i paid to have valve seals replaced and water pump and timing belt replaced its been almost 500 miles later and motor still smokes at start up its blueish/white smoke and last a few seconds same as...

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Saturn L300 Reviews

I have a fuel leak somewhere on the car. took it to a shop and said it was the fuel filter. we replaced it but still having the smell. checked all the lines at the fuel injector . no leaks
where else can this be coming from? I need help to solve this problem.

check engine soon light stays on. Replaced 02 sencor and cleaned mass air flow sensor. light will not go out unless i disconnect battery. then it goes back on after car is shut off,then started again

bought 2003 saturn l300 with 56,000 miles replaced thermostat and 2 oygen sensors.this car runs awesome and the car now has 96k and i will be replacing the timing belt before 100k.I chnage oil every 3k miles

IS A RECALL IN THE SHIFT SENSOR OF THIS MODEL. LET ME TELL U ABOUT: I HAVE BRAND NEW BATTERY, ALTERNATOR WORK SUCCESSFULLY. BUT MANY TIME WHEN I TURN OFF THE CAR, & I'M GOING TO START OVER AGAIN, DONOT START. SOMETIME I HAVE TO WAIT 25 MINUTES TO START AGAIN, OR WAIT FOR A GOOD SAMARITAN GIVE ME A JUMP, & START RIGHT OVER. MILDRED WILLIAMS. VI#IG8JW54R42Y566539

Bought the L300 6 cylinder new and fully loaded. Never had a
new car with this much trouble. Car was nothing but problems from the first week. Dash/speedometer/odometer went out the first week. Steering column had to be repaired three times. 6 oxygen sensors replaced. A/C condensation draining into passenger floor area. Mirrors fell out of side view holders. A/C-heating
temperature control knob had two settings - hot and cold.
Last repair was EMI. Was told then that transmission codes
were troubling to mechanic. I said no way and traded it in
on a new Subaru Legacy. My Saturn had just broken 40,000 miles.
I'm sure someone bought it and felt they got a great deal.
I couldn't sell it to anyone I know so I hope, but doubt, the
new owner got that great deal.
My cousin has a 2004 L300 and it spends more time in the shop
than out. She hasn't broken 40,000 miles. On the other hand,
my sister owns a 2003 L200 and hasn't had any problems.

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