really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,551 miles

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2003 Saturn L200 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Saturn L200 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 232015


  • 119,000 miles


Airbag dash light on, technician says code refers to short in steering column. Dash light remains

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 062015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn L200. While driving approximately 30 mph, another vehicle ran a stop light and crashed into the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #4

May 042010


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Saturn L200. The contact stated that the driver side curtain air bag deployed after she closed the door. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who sent an engineer to inspect the vehicle in order to determine why the air bag had deployed without being involved in a crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 121,000.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #3

May 212008


  • 47,233 miles


Sometimes would have a hard time starting the car or the car would not start at all. After about a week, the check engine light and passenger seat airbag light would come on. When these lights were on, the speedometer and tachometer did not work. Shortly after that the engine lock light came on and then nothing worked. The defrost front and rear, A/C, heating control, interior lights, airbag failure light lit up, seat belt light lit up and the self locking for the doors did not engage when putting the car into gear. Sometimes I would turn the car off and about a half an hour later, the exterior lights would come on all by themselves, sometimes draining the battery if I did not notice this. I felt totally unsafe driving the car when this would happen - I had no safety features to rely on and I did not even know if I would have a car that would run. I took the car to a Saturn dealer and had the BCM (body control module) replaced. I also found out that Saturn is having a problem with this and I have asked others that own similar Saturn also experienced this problem. This was quite costly to replace approximately $600 (the cheapest around). Others paid more for this repair than I did.

- Hammond, IN, USA

problem #2

May 112008

L200 6-cyl

  • 82,075 miles
During an accident my wife was injured in an auto accident when she was struck head on by the oncoming driver. The vehicle 2003 Saturn L-series air bag didn't deploy when the car struck her. She suffered a head injury when her head struck the stirring wheel.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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problem #1

Apr 162006

L200 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 20mph, the vehicle was struck by another vehicle in the right front quarter panel with minor damage and the airbags did not deploy. The occupants were wearing seatbelts, but sustained minor injuries. The police were on the scene and a report was taken. The insurance adjustor inspected the vehicle and determined it was totaled.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

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