2000 Saturn LS 2 3.0 V6 from North America
It's no wonder Saturn went out of business
Mass airflow sensor failed within 100 miles of purchasing the car. Both sensor and connector went bad. Replaced both.
Throttle position sensor failed within 200 miles of purchasing the car. Connector also burned out. Replaced connector and sensor.
Heater core coupling failed within 300 miles of purchasing the car. Leaked coolant everywhere. Had to have a new coupling custom fabricated, as neither I nor my mechanic could locate a replacement part, new or from a junkyard.
Instrument panel lights failed within 500 miles of purchasing the car. Replaced instrument panel. Replacement worked for 1500 miles, then all but 2 lights failed in the replacement instrument panel as well. Did not fix again.
All 3 brake lights failed simultaneously within 1000 miles of purchasing the car. Would not illuminate. Tail lights still worked though... Fixed by mechanic, failed again 2000 miles later. Fixed again by a different mechanic, failed again 3000 miles later. Fixed again by a 3rd mechanic, who also re-wired the lights all the way from the fuse block to the lights. They all 3 failed again 6000 miles later...
Car randomly went into "reduced power mode" within 1000 miles of purchasing the car, and did it sporadically for the next 10,000 miles. 3 different mechanics could not figure out the exact cause, so it never got fixed.
Both door locks AND the trunk lock cylinder were frozen and inoperable due to corrosion. Found this out when I got locked out of the car when the key fob remote battery died, because the key could not open any of the locks.
Wiring short somewhere in the electrical system 10,000 miles after purchase, which would kill the battery if the car sat without running for more than 24 hours. The short was not able to be located by 2 mechanics. Was never fixed.
Odometer reset itself to 46339 miles after the battery died. The BCM was probably bad, but I was completely fed up with the car at this point and did not bother fixing it. Traded in the car shortly thereafter, and got almost nothing for it, thanks to the odometer resetting itself. I was honest with the dealer about what happened to odometer, because they'd have figured it out anyway when they ran the Carfax on it, which they did.
Pros - Surprisingly quick in a straight line. Ride quality was as good as any car I've owned. 29 MPG on long highway trips.
Cons - The most unreliable car I've ever owned. I know I bought it used and older, but I've owned plenty of older used cars that were not nearly this bad. The electrical system was a complete disaster.
I'm certain that it was cars like this LS2 that drove customers away from Saturn by the thousands. It was as if someone who'd never designed an electrical system or had even wired up a car before, built this thing in a damp shed behind their house. I ran a Carfax on it before purchasing, and also had a mechanic do a pre-purchase inspection. The car showed no signs that it was a "flood car" or had ever been wrecked, so who's left to blame for the horrendous quality but Saturn?
In a little over a year, I spent almost as much money fixing the car as I paid to buy it. The only thing I miss about the car is that it was quicker than my new car in a straight line. When it was running correctly. Which was almost never. On second thought, I don't miss anything about the car. Good riddance. Hopefully the dealer that took it as a trade-in does the right thing and sends it to the junkyard, and doesn't try to sell it to anyone else.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th September, 2013
28th Sep 2013, 06:55
Actually, the Saturn LS was a rebadged model of Opel, who is still in business. In fact, the current Buick Regal is based on the Opel Insignia.
Something you neglected to mention in your review was what the actual mileage was on this 12 year old car when you bought it. This site is full of reviews from people who buy older high-mileage vehicles, and who then proceed to proclaim them "lemons" because they actually had to spend money on maintenance/repairs.
14th Jan 2014, 13:05
The odometer read about 68,600 when I purchased it. However, the first time the battery died on me the odometer reset itself to 46339 so I can't be certain that the car actually only had 68,600 on it when I bought it.