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Timing Chain Failure

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,600.00
Average Mileage:
110,290 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. rebuild engine (2 reports)
2001 Saturn L200 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Saturn L200 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 292014

L200 Sedan 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

DESPITE A GM RECALL #06074 FOR TIMING CHAIN DEFECT WITH 2001 SATURN L200, SATURN AND CHEVROLET REFUSED TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEY CLAIMED RECALL DOES NOT COVER MY CAR'S VIN. OTHER SATURN OWNERS CLAIMED SIMILAR PROBLEM. GM AND SATURN SEEMED TO TRY TO AVOID PAYING ANY REPAIR COSTS.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 142010

L200 Wagon Inline 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Even though my VIN number was in a range listed by GM as having a faulty timing chain, GM refused to help me with the repair. The car had less than 100,000 miles on it. Fortunately I am handy so I pulled the engine and had it professionally rebuilt, then re-installed it. If that is the way GM treats their customers, then I will not buy another GM. It is too bad, because other than that instance, it has been a great car. That was over 4 years ago and we still drive it today.

This is one of the few cars I have ever bought with less than 100,000 miles on it and it broke. I usually don’t buy cars under 120,000 miles. My main car has 252,000 (MB SL500) and is running strong.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 052013

L200 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,662 miles

Saturn. GM. If this is a known defect, then it needs to be addressed. Fixed. The history on this issue that I've seen in my research is far and wide. I will not ever consider another GM product. Ever.

- , Calgary, Alberta, Canada

problem #1

Nov 302009

L200 lw200 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

First of all we loved our Saturn. It was a great car.

My 2001 Saturn Lw200 has a serial number that falls in the Recall 06074A issued January 2008 for a defective timing chain. I never received the recall notice. I found the notice by searching the internet after my timing chain broke and destroying my engine. I printed a copy of the recall and called Saturn national service. Initially Saturn Service could not find the RECALL. I offered to fax it to them. At that they mysteriously found it. Saturn now claims only select VIN numbers are included yet they fail to give me a list of those included or to give me the number of who decides which VIN numbers are included. Tier two customer service agent Latasha had me call the National Highway Traffic Safety and the Main GM number of 313-556-5000. All attempts to get a list of included number or how VIN numbers were selected fell on deaf ears. One has to wonder if a list exists or if the recall had any real substance. My guess is that there is no list of included VIN number and this is just a 'shell game' to get out of paying for repairs. I guess it is ok for them to take my tax dollars but they are not obligated to honor their customers. This was my first GM. Saturn was billed on their customer service. Do you think I will even consider another one? I'll let you be the judge. Thanks for nothing 'Government Motors'.

Update from Feb 22, 2010: I decided to repair the car. Given the timing chain was a know (and recalled) problem, putting a used engine in would necessitate me partially disassembling the used engine to replace the timing chain. By the time you go through all that, the cost would be fairly close to the cost to just completely rebuild the engine. I shopped around and selected Carolina Machine Engines (www.cmengines.com). They picked up the engine and delivered it back to my home. They completely rebuilt my engine replacing ALL parts excluding the ‘hard’ metals (block, head, crank, cams, and connecting rods.) They returning it with a full installation gasket set and even replaced the water pump all for $2600 door to door. I would highly recommend this quality shop.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

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