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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Saturn L200 engine problems

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2003 Saturn L200 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 282009


  • 63,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Saturn L200. The contact was unable to start the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and a technician concluded that the timing belt and engine valves needed to be replaced. Engine failure while driving increased the risk for a vehicle crash. No repairs were made. The current and failure mileages were 63000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 272008


  • 105,000 miles
The timing chain on my 2003 Saturn L200 with 108,000 miles is about to fail and apparently there is a known (NHTSA investigated even) problem with these vehicles. $1300 I don't have to fix it. This is along with a series of air conditioner problems (improper tube mounting such that it wore through) costing over $1000 dollars since I purchased the vehicle.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072008


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn L200. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off and was unable to be restarted. Prior to the failure, the vehicle hesitated while driving. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and they stated that the timing chain was the cause of the failure. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 84,000.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 072008


  • 84,000 miles
Car died while traveling on local highway.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 262006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
- the contact's 2003 L series Saturn wagon stalled. The contact's vehicle was towed to the dealer in greensboro, nc. No warning lights or noises were experienced. The contact was driving 72 miles an hour at the time of the incident, the car drifted after it loss power and would not restart. The warranty ended 3 to 4 months ago and she incurred the cost for the repairs. The contact reviewed a notice on NHTSA website defect petition dated January 23, 2006 states number PE06006 which states that the timing chain can cause failure and stalling.

- Mathews , NC, USA

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