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NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring: Interior/Under Dash Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,200 miles

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2004 Saturn L300 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Saturn L300 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 302004

L300 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles


We have recently purchased an 04 L300 and have stated having problems with the headlights and dash lights. While driving at night, the headlights and dash lights have gone off and come back on. On one such occassion, a tractor trailer pulled over on us thinking we had notified him to do so. It was just by the grace of god we were not crushed. Later that same night, a police officer pulled us over wanting to know why we were blinking our head lights at him. We explained the problem and were told that he could right us a ticket but would not this time and to get the problems corrected. After taking this issue to our Saturn dealership, we were told that according to a memo dated February 2004 that "this is normal characteristic" for this vehicle. The dealership and Corp. Have refused to do anything to assist with correcting this problem. The car is only 3 months old and still under warranty but they suggested that we pay $450 for a new alternator and purchase another extended bumper to bumper warranty. All stating that this may not correct the problem. This is a serious safety issue that is going to result in someones death if not corrected. What does it take to get this handled? please advise with assistance in pursuing a recall or having my car declared a lemon.

- Rockmart, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,700 miles
Intermittently while driving at night the headlights and dashboard lightsblink on and off. The lights would stay off for a few seconds then come back on again. The dealer claimed that this was perfectly normal. This problem occurred four times in the last two weeks. The consumer indicated tha the vehiclke also lost power while drivng. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to determined the cause of the problem.

- Rockmart, GA, USA

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