hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,262 miles

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2003 Saturn L200 engine problems

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2003 Saturn L200 Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 102015


  • 122,900 miles


I was stopping to turn right at a red light and my cars breaks stopped working. My car ran through the intersection, started violently shaking and then stopped. The car was still on but it would not drive. I turned the car off and tried to start it up 6 times and it wouldn't work. Then finally it started and I drove home. I went to start my car later that day and now it refuses to start. The battery light comes on, the car shakes, there's a very loud tapping/rattling sound, the ABS light flashes, the 'service engine soon' light is on. In the vehicle information section of this form, it asking me to enter the vehicles make, model and year. It's a Saturn L200 2002 but it's not giving me an option for the 2002. Only the 2003.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Sep 102015


  • 135,000 miles
Bottom engine 2 cells gone dealership M676 electrical system interior and exterior blew eengine

- Kennsington, CT, USA

problem #6

Aug 022014


  • 156,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn L200. The contact stated that the air conditioner failed to blow cool air. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated a condenser and a clutch was needed in order to repair the vehicle. The mechanic also stated that if the vehicle was not properly repaired the belt would seize causing an engine failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,000.

- Lancing, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 182014

L200 4-cyl

  • 152,000 miles


The car started making a funny noise as I was driving home. Thankfully I made it home but after I shut the car off it would not start again. Also my rear wheels wear on the inside due to the position of them I am going to have to have shims put in to keep the rear wheels from angling in.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #4

Oct 162013

L200 4-cyl

  • 95,868 miles
Fuel is leaking at the nipple from fuel pump.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 242013

L200 4-cyl

  • 124,326 miles
As I was turning into the gas station the timing chain and both tensioners busted the piston smashed all of the valves the engine would not restart and the vehicle was almost sideswiped.

- Spencervillie, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 122012


  • 78,000 miles
I am mortified by all of the complaints of engine failure of the L200 series due to the timing chain and am even more devastated that there is no recall information on it. My car had 78K miles on it and did not start today. It was towed to a shop and they called me to inform me that it was my engine due to the timing chain. The repair shop also said that it was the 4th Saturn with the same exact problem that they had seen this month. I am a college student without a car that is still making car payments living on my own. Saturn better be happy that it no longer exists, but GM better have some answers for me. There are recalls for the same problem for 2001 models, there are even more reported issues with later models. How has GM gotten away with this?

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #1

Aug 102010


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn L200. The contact stated that the body control module shut off which caused the gauges to malfunctioned. The contact mentioned that the vehicle to stall and failed to restart. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the body control module needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Commerce City, CO, USA

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