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Saturn Ls 2000
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Apr 16, 2013
Location:
St. Clair Shores, MI

subframe on saturn totally rusted away only thing holding passenger wheel on was strut bracket. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 74000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 40 mph.

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
May 12, 2012
Location:
Gaithersburg, MD

low bang noise in passenger side front end. worse turning right or left. sounded like major break, but nothing could be seen visually. had car towed to mechanic. had to replace upper strut mounts on both front and right struts. passenger side upper strut mount was broken completely, and driver side upper strut mount was cracked. upper strut mounts both made of a plastic based material. service manager stated the shock could have broken through, and hit hood of car if we had not serviced it immediately. replacement part made of same material. had to have an alignment done. very expensive to fix, and i am now concerned the car could be dangerous to drive. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 84618 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JW54R51Y. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas.

Saturn Ls 2000
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Feb 01, 2012
Location:
Crown Point Ny, NY

this happened very suddenly. i applied the brake to enter the ramp to the highway and the car pulled to the left and made a noise. i thought it may be a bearing or brake problem but i had not had any issues before that so i went on since it seamed to be driving ok. while i was on the interstate i went to go into the left lane and realized there was a serious problem with the steering. i slowed down and got off the highway to the shop. i was told there the k frame had less than 1/2" before breaking completely and could have been a serious accident since it has to do with steering. i have regular maint on the car and there was no indication that this might happen. the underside is in very good shape. i had the frame replaced. i feel it was a defect in the frame. i'm sure im not the only one this has happened too. *kb

Mileage was 130000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 60 mph.

Saturn Ls 2000
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Nov 18, 2011
Location:
Pompton Plains, NJ

the front subframe rusted through. mechanic stated was not normal wear. *tr

Mileage was 117000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU82F8YY. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Fuel type: gas.

Saturn Ls 2000
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 27, 2011
Location:
Westborough, MA

vehicle pulled when braking. symptoms started on a monday as a light pull. more noticeable above 50 mph, and not noticeable below 35. by thursday morning, pull was severe above 50mph. stayed till after 6:00 at night to avoid traffic. ride home was "entertaining" as steering wheel did not always go back to "center" when going straight. i thought i needed a steering rack until i inspected the vehicle on saturday. my inspection showed that front subframe (a.k.a. engine cradle) failed where the "passenger side lower control arm rear bushing was attached". a sizable piece of frame ripped out, with bushing still attached to lower control arm. rusted perforations in subframe visible approximately 6" behind where frame failed. two sets of rims (summer and winter) with no "dings" testifies that vehicle never even hit a curb in 170,000 miles. 4 cylinder, so no exhaust nearby to "weaken steel". bad choice of corrosion protection in a critical part of the frame, and/or undersizing of steel thickness to accommodate for corrosion is my estimate of "failure mode". contacted dealer and no replacement parts available. well maintained vehicle, very disappointed it failed this way. last vehicle i junked was a 17 year old 1973 olds. everything but the subframe indicated i'd get another 5 years out of this vehicle. *tr

Mileage was 170000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU82F2YY. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph.

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Feb 16, 2009
Location:
Palm Bay, FL

2002 saturn l300 v6 excessive tire wear and engine problems the oil drained into the radiator and the whole engine had to be reworked all hoses sensors and radiator had to be replaced the valves and lots of other head work had to be done. we have had to have it aligned 3 times in 18,000miles and 60,000 mile tires last about 12-18,000 miles before being told they are hazardous and have to be replaced. the new oil sensor replaced with the engine rebuild now is leaking again and we have to replace it again. rear brake lamps blow out constantly and even burned the wiring and plastic frame. *tr

Mileage was 56000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders.

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Feb 15, 2009
Location:
New Haven, CT

my 2001 l200 saturn had a problem with dash lights/and gauges dimming and at times i had no interior dash lights....it ended up being a main module which cost me $595. seems like reading all the other complaints similar to mine they have been numerous problems. i think this is a saturn problem and they should have taken care of this for free. i have replaced the steering box, struts front/rear...stabilizer rear bar, catalytic converter twice.....i am very disappointed in this car. i have put more money in this than my other two saturn's which i had only normal things; tires, brakes, etc. i wish i had never bought this 3rd one. *tr

Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Feb 28, 2010
Location:
New Haven, CT

i have had nothing but problems since i purchased this used 2001 saturn in 2001. i have put 2 catalytic converters, steering rack, stabilizer bar, front struts, had a head gasket major problem. i have owned two other new saturn's with no problems...i am roughly disappointed in this car. also my dash lights dimmed when security light flashed on and when that happened also my temp gauge and gas gauge would go from right to left and then back quickly. i had to have a modular replaced. again, i am sooooo disappointed with this car. within the first year of owning this i had two inline fuel filters as the car just stopped while driving...speed went down and down and nothing. has anyone else had so many problems *tr

Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
July 10, 2006
Location:
Boulder Junction, WI

2001 saturn 200l key would not turn in engine, steering shook vigorously while driving. *ts while driving 65 mph, on the day the vehicle was purchased, the vehicle's steering wheel began to vibrate and pull to the right. there was also a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle on the passenger side. the consumer assumer the problem would resolve itself but it didn't. two weeks later the consumer called the dealer. the vehicle wa taken tot he dealer who determined that the problem was wheel balancing. the adjustment were made and the vehicle was returned tot he consumer. about a month later the vehicle would not start intermittently. the consumer called the dealer who explained that this was a safety feature. several months went by and the problem continued to occur. someone suggested tot he consumer that she needed a new starter. the vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to duplicate the problem. the vehicle was returned to the consumer . once again the vehicle began to not start. the dealer finally replaced the starter. the vehicle tie rod eventually had to be replaced. that was the noise the consumer heard when she first purchased the vehicle. on day while driving the vehicle sudden lost all power. the vehicle was towed to a service dealer who determined that the vehicle's timing chain had broken. none of these failures were covered by the vehicle extended warranty. the consumer contacted yhe manufacturer but they provided no assistance. *nm

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU52F11Y. Vehicle was purchased on May 01, 2004. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn LS 2001 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Wausau . Dealer's telephone number: 715-675-5060 . Dealer's city: Wausau . Dealer's zipcode: 54401 .

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Aug 29, 2006
Location:
Columbus, GA

i purchased my 2002 saturn l300 back on 9/30/2002. car, at time of purchase, was brand new. since its purchase my vehicle has been in the shop more times than i can remember. recently i had a problem where vehicle wouldn't start so saturn had the vehicle towed to their columbus, ga location to evaluate the problem. was advised battery had died and i needed to replace it. the new battery represents the 3rd battery this vehicle has had since i purchased it (vehicle currently has just over 55,000 miles on it). i asked, while they had it in the shop, to look at the tires as they were wearing unevenly. my wife went to pick the car up yesterday 8/29/06 and was advised all 4 tires needed to be replaced. this will be the 4th set of tires this car has had since it was purchased back in late 2002. at time of purchase i added a 5 year 60,000 mile b-t-b warranty with no deductible. saturn, following complaints both to the service department and their corp headquarters has decided that the car in fact does not have a problem and that my pregnant wife (with 1 year old in back seat) must be driving it poorly. to date, the vehicle's tires have not been replaced and the problem causing the tires to wear down so quickly has not been identified. *nm

Mileage was 55125 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JW54R22Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Sept 30, 2002. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Saturn LS 2002 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn LS 2002 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Columbus . Dealer's telephone number: 706-322-9927 . Dealer's city: Columbus . Dealer's state code: GA. Dealer's zipcode: 31904 .

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Jan 01, 1901
Location:
Danbury, CT

2002 saturn l100 made clanking noise when turning the wheel. *ts ***no answer required*** the consumer was told there was a leak in the power steering shaft and there was wear in the cradle bushings and eventually they would have to be replaced. *jb

Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
July 11, 2003
Location:
Richmond, TX

while driving consumer her head a roaring in the front end. drive shift caused consumer to wreck 2002 saturn. *ts the consumer noticed noise/vibration in the front end. the consumer has replaced several tires. when the brakes were applied the vehicle would pull to the left. an alignment was performed correcting the rear cam and setting the front and rear toe. a collapsed motor mount caused rough idle. the rotors and pads had to be replaced. the rear hub assembly had to be replaced twice. left rear hub bearing had to be replaced. the front driver's side drive axle assembly had to be replaced. *nm

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Mileage was 23614 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F72Y. Vehicle was purchased on Mar 08, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn LS 2002 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Houston . Dealer's telephone number: 713-944-4550 . Dealer's zipcode: 77034 .

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Mar 09, 2003
Location:
Richmond, TX

dt: the contact purchased a used vehicle two years ago, and the second day after purchasing the vehicle there was a roaring noise from the front of the vehicle. the dealer said this was a problem with the front tires ,and the dealer replaced both tires. about two weeks later the noise returned. the vehicle has been to the dealer numerous times for numerous repairs. the vehicle would jerk to the right which caused the contact to hit a curb. there were no injuries but a police report was taken. there have been multiple repairs to the wheel bearings and joints which have not corrected this problem. also the motor mounts and axles have been replaced in hopes of correcting this problem. the dealer has never been able to accurately repair the vehicle. currently there is a need for new rotors and more tires. the vehicle continues to have a roaring sound like a locomotive as noted by the contact. *ak update 1/11/2006 - *nm

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Mileage was 28000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F72Y. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on Mar 08, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn LS 2002 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn LS 2002 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Enterprise Leasing . Dealer's telephone number: UNKNOWN . Dealer's city: Houston . Dealer's state code: TX.

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
June 23, 2004
Location:
Elma, NY

2002 saturn l200 when driving at night the lights flicker as well as the vehicle engine stalled out on expressway and the air conditioner became inoperative. *mr saturn suggested that the flickering was normal. in very hot/humid weather, the engine would run hot ad the air conditioner would stop running. on two occasions the vehicle refused to start. the service dealer suggested that the catalytic converter was plugged and the oxygen sensor was replaced due to the stalling. all four tires were replaced because of an alignment, toe and camber problem. *sc

Mileage was 19443 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F72Y. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn LS 2002 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Orchard Park . Dealer's telephone number: 716 667 3100 . Dealer's city: Orchard Park . Dealer's state code: NY. Dealer's zipcode: 14127 .

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Jan 26, 2002
Location:
Rougemont, NC

eight months after i bought a 2001 saturn l300 i started having tire problems. it started out with the front right tire rubbing when i turned the wheel while backing up. i only had 6400 miles on the tires. loud noises were coming from the tires at 12964 mileage. my saturn service dept. reset the fea to new specs and installed a camber caster kit and 4 new tires. this was the 2nd set of tires for my 2001 saturn l300. at 17224 mileage the rubbing on the right front tire was back. this time the service dept. re-secured the right front wheel house. then on nov 24, 2003 (25277 mileage) the loud noise was back. at this time the tech found the tires starting to slightly cup. he re-inspected and found all 4 tires out of specs and it was necessary to realign all. i took the car (27115 mileage) back in on jan 16, 2004 and the tires were making loud noises. this time the tech confirmed that the tires were cupping and out of round. they replaced all 4 tires and reset to new factory specs. also, did a wheel alignment. this was the 3nd set of tires. on dec 20, 2004 i had a rattle on the right front. at this time they replaced the right front link bar(38871 mileage). march 29, 2005 the car was back in the service dept. with loud tire noise(42667 mileage). the tires had high and low spots. i was told i needed to replace the tires again. i took the car back in for new tires on june 22, 2005. at this time after calling saturn customer service and the dealer manager, i agreed to buy 2 tires and saturn buy 2 tires. saturn paid to realign the tires. at this time i was told by a tech that saturn had a manufacturing problem with the 2001 l300 series. it had to do with the tires cupping and making loud noises. he said that as long as the car drove and turned with no problems that saturn did not consider the cupping, loud noises and replacing tires early a problem. he said if i could take the car to a nascar garage, it could be fixed and saturn could find out how to fix the l300 series. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JW54R51Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on May 28, 2001. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Saturn LS 2001 Drive type:U. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn LS 2001 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 10, 2004
Location:
Wendell, NC

the tires on my 2002 l300 have been replaced numerous times due to cupping caused by an alignment problem. the dealer has indicated that the alignment problem occurred in the manufacturing process and they cannot fix it unless a recall is issued. the cupping of the tires creates an uneven ride and the tires are very noisy. when the tires are replaced, the problem is solved for a few months until the tires begin cupping and the process starts over. now that i have passed the 36,000 mile warranty, the tires will no longer be replaced free of charge. i have been told by the dealer that my tires will need replacing once again before the end of 2005 so that my car will pass a required safety inspection.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JW54R62Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Oct 03, 2002. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn LS 2002 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Sept 20, 2004
Location:
Roanoke, VA

while driving at low speeds and turning driver heard a loud popping noise coming from the steering wheel which vibrated. driver will contact the dealer in the near future. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F72Y. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn LS 2002 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Dec 01, 2002
Location:
Milwaukee, WI

abnormally quick wearing out of tires. the service manager said something about the vehicle being set up for european roads and for $800 they could install a kit to make it align correctly for american roads.*ak i said because of a manufacturing defect i should have to pay for a kit to resolve the problem. he said that was basically it. the outside the service garage he flagged me down and told me to complain to saturn and if there were enough complaints it may be recalled.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JW84R31Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on June 01, 2002. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn LS 2001 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn LS 2001 Suspension Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn Ls 2002
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 05, 2004
Location:
Chapmanville, WV

vehicle's alignment was off, making it hard to maneuver. vehicle was taken to saturn for repairs, and it was found that the back tires were worn out, as a result of an alignment problem.*ak the vehicle is now on it's fourth set of tires. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F42Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on May 01, 2002. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn LS 2002 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Huntington - Charleston . Dealer's city: Hurricane . Dealer's state code: WV.

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
May 13, 2002
Location:
Portage, MI

consumer has a concern that the vehicle has three and a half sets of tires replaced after the front end had been replaced by the dealer. the problem with tires wearing out excessively are still recurring. please provide any further information. *la

Mileage was 6000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JW52RX1Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on June 28, 2001. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas.


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