Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations on Saturn SL2

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 119,788 (17,442–180,000)
12 model years affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, more1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
26 people reported this problem
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brakes pulsate when i come a hard stop .. and when im stoping i think my alternator is bad becouse my lights flicker and my exhaust starts to make funny noise and i have brand new exhaust flowmasters done by an exhaust teck as well my lights flicker when i try to draw to mutch power from my chargeing system and any time
Front rotors wore out, and I knew it too because I heard a repeated ka-thunk sound when I applied the brakes, and it pushed up against my brake pedal a little. Had em replaced and it's all better.
I have the exact same issue with the pulsing. Call me crazy, but I actually like it for two reasons:

1) If I am driving in snow/ice I can instantly feel when the wheels lock up.

2) It makes me feel more connected to what's happening with the car while I am breaking.

I have had to put on 3 sets of rotors in the last 25,000 miles (1 year, nearly all freeway miles). They warped quickly. Even upgrading to slotted and drilled rotors, they get red hot quickly. I don't ride the brake and the shops claim there is nothing wrong.