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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,333 miles

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2004 Saturn L300 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Saturn L300 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 132014

L300 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Car stalled while driving in traffic and would not restart. Car also failed to start on some mornings and also after filling at gas station. Its seems that this issue can go on for sometime between the times it happens.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 042011


  • 91,000 miles
Problem synopsis: While driving at freeway speeds (65 miles per hour) the vehicle lost power, causing the "reduced engine power" (rep) and "service vehicle soon" (svs) lights to illuminate. Upon pulling to the side of the road and shifting the vehicle into park, it would idle roughly until shutting the engine off. Vehicle would start immediately after, with high RPM at idle and hard shifts into gear. Vehicle would only exhibit these problems when the automatic transmission would shift gears, usually between 3rd and 4th gear. /// repair history: A repair shop diagnosed the problem as a failed engine control module, and a new one was installed into the vehicle. Cost of repair was approximately $1,100. Three months later (Oct. 2011), the vehicle started exhibiting the same problems. Returned to the same shop, and repairmen could not find problem, simply clearing the obd-II codes in the computer. Vehicle exhibited same symptoms once in November 2011 after a rain storm; no action was taken as vehicle did it only once. In December 2011, vehicle exhibited same problems four time during a 25-mile drive. Codes revealed P0606, P0700, P1811. Vehicle to be taken for a third time to repair shop to get this problem fixed.

- Nottingham, MD, USA

problem #1

May 222008


  • 40,000 miles
The battery warning and emergency service lights (I.e., "the car with the wrench" signal) flashed on my 2004 Saturn L300 in mid-May 2008. I was on the highway at the time. As I slowed down to exit the speedometer stopped. I made it home and parked it in the car port. I had it towed to Saturn of birmingham (sob) the next morning. Sob has had it for 4 days now. The service tech's (at least three have looked at it) have had a difficult time determining what the problem is. For now, the power train (PCM) has been replaced. But the service rep informed me that the alternator is overcharging so they will have to replace it as well. The battery has been drained, which will make this the second time I have had to replace the battery on this car (the first time was after only 2.5 years). The service rep indicated that the tech will have to do a thorough check on the vehicle to make sure there are no other problems that could have been triggered by the PCM/alternator/battery failure.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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