NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,143 miles

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2004 Saturn L300 lights problems

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2004 Saturn L300 Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 012006

L300 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


- the contact's 2004 Saturn L300 with an odometer reading of 21000 miles, headlights, interior lights, and dash board lights flicker on and off while driving. The contact first noticed the failure in November of 2006, since the vehicle was driven mostly in the day time the failure may have been occurring previously. The contact took the vehicle to Saturn of fishers in Indiana, where after having the vehicle for two days he was told that a safety bulletin had been released about this issue and informed the contact that this is a normal condition for the vehicle. The contact believes this is a safety issue and may cause an accident. The contact is also worried that police may stop him due to the faulty lights.

- Anderson, IN, USA

problem #6

Aug 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,300 miles
While driving at night headlights flickered on and off intermittently.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #5

Sep 212004

L300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently while driving at night with the headlightson they will cut on off for a length of time of 20 to 30 seconds, leaving consumer without vision of the road. Dealer was contacted, and stated we never heard of such problem, call NHTSA.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #4

Jul 212004

L300 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


While driving at night time both headlights glazed over, almost opaque, resulting in extremely reduced headlight visibility during the night. Thus, obstructing consumer's view. Dealership indicated to the consumer that headlights operated as designed by the manufacturer, nothing they could do.

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #3

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

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problem #2

Apr 292004

L300 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We just recently purchashed our new car. We were driving on the highway at night. The lights (head lights and dash lights) kept getting dim almost as if they were going to go out. We thought maybe we had a wire that had not been tightened or that had come lose. Other cars think we are blinking our lights at them. What happens if a big truck thinks we are giving him the "all clear to come over in front of me"? the car was taken in to the service dept and we were told that it was "intermittent dimming (flickering) of headlamps and/or instrument panel lighting-normal characteristic. This may occur because of transient current loads on the electrical system during normal vehicle operation" per the tsb (technical service bulletin). Why werent we told about this before we purchased the car"? the lights dont "flicker" they get dim to the point they are almost going out! so how can this problem be considered "normal"" so much for a new car!

- Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 262003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The headlights created a shadow on the road which caused poor visibility while driving at night. The dealer indicated to the consumer that the headlights could not be adjusted to remove the shadow.

- Lost Creek, WV, USA

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