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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems

2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,159 miles

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2003 Saturn L200 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Saturn L200 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 102015

L200

  • 82,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 (na) Saturn L200. The contact stated that while the engine was turned on, the odor of fuel was present inside and outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who indicated that the fuel pump was faulty and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 012013

L200

  • 17,476 miles
Parked car and locked with remote. Upon return to vehicle smelled gas and was locked out of 2003 Saturn LS200 after only 17,500 miles driven. Purchased new in 2003. Stranded until aaa tow to las vegas findlay GM dealership. Opened manually with key instead of remote. Attempted to start car engine. Turned over for a few seconds and died. All dashboard gauges not working. Problem per GM dealer was twofold: (1) faulty body control module (BCM) that controls vehicle's entire electrical system failed and required costly replacement part at $614 plus labor; also (2) fuel pump failed and required costly part replacement at $498 plus labor and cleaning of fuel system. After brief internet search I found these two parts are notorious for failures in Saturn vehicles. Have been failing since 2003 and continue to fail. Complaints have been made by Saturn owners to GM and the ntsb. Gauges and lights have reportedly failed even when driving because of faulty BCM. An initial body control module (BCM) recall (Saturn recall #03C06) is noted by other owners, but I never received a notification. The BCM and fuel pump should not fail at 17,500 miles!! this is a manufacturer defect. The BCM and fuel pump are very expensive to repair!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Sep 222012

L200 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I detected the smell of gasoline when getting out of the vehicle. Later during that week the smell of gasoline became present while driving as well as when the car was stationary. I took the vehicle to a licensed repair facility to diagnose the problem. They put it on a lift and discovered that the fuel tank was stained and it looked to be leaking from the area at the top of the tank. On Sept 27, 2012 the car went in for service. Upon removing the fuel tank the technician found the fuel pump to have broken brittle plastic at the top where the fuel lines come out. The vehicle was repaired on 9/29/12. Since then I learned that GM is recalling some vehicles for the same problem, yet this vehicle isn't included in the recall.

- Manchester, CT, USA

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