NHTSA — Electrical System: Wiring Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,000 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.

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2003 Saturn L200 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Saturn L200 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012006

L200 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


- while driving a 2003 Saturn L 200 at a speed of 25 mph the wiring harness from the steering column caught on fire. The contact had to pull vehicle over and turn the power completely off. When contact turned the vehicle off the wiring harness stopped burning. Before incident there was no prior warning. The contact took vehicle into dealer and they replaced the wiring harness.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #2

Sep 232005

L200 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
While driving on September 23, 2005 there was smoking coming from the steering wheel. There was no fire. The consumer has not taken it in to be repaired. The person on the phone told the consumer that she thought it was a short in the turn signal switch or wiring. There was nothing leading up to the occurrence.

- Port Hueneme, CA, USA

problem #1

May 252004

L200 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
This is the third incident, second in same day, where the electrical system failed. Audible clicking sound under dash and lights repeatedly turning on & off, locks on and off and horn sounding. On 1 prior occasions, audible clicking heard and locks repeatedly turning on and off. Clearly not an isolated incident, as I can see from other complaints that other owners of this model are experiencing the same problem. Consequences of the problem --- neighbors called police to complain about noise. Unable to keep alarm on due to continuing problem, leading to insecure car. Also, safety issue with lights and locks repeatedly turning on and off with the electrical failure. Dealer will service in two days (first available appt!!) and will update then.

- Somerville, MA, USA

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