2000 Saturn LS LS2 V6 from North America
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My Saturn SL2 (2000) troubles just starting. The service (with wrench by the word) light comes on and off. I have not been able to pinpoint any pattern. The transmission, automatic, shifts hard & most recent problem now is that it is bogging down, like the car is going to stall or out of gas, but neither happens. I have taken it in for the Service light paid $85.00 and was told it was nothing.
Any suggestions especially on the most recent one of bogging down.
One last question how do you check the transmission fluid? For the life of me I cannot find the dip stick & nothing in the manual except to take it in for service? Am I missing something here? Money is tight, on a fixed income, appreciate any help Thanks.
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Review Date: 6th February, 2006
7th Feb 2006, 08:20
I own an L-series and am familiar with the problems you describe. FYI--there is no dipstick for the transmission fluid, since it is a sealed system. Your dealer (or mechanic) can check the fluid level. I suspect nothing is wrong with the trans, but it is worth checking.
Some good news about your other problems--I would suspect the MAF sensor, which (on the V6 models, like yours) can cause engine performance issues, the service light, and strangely enough, erratic shifting. The part, installed, costs about $130 or so. It may or may not throw a service code.
Check first with the dealer about the MAF sensor. They may give the option of simply putting in a new one to test if it fixes the problems before you commit to the repair, and only the dealer is truly familiar with the L81 engine since it is rather rare.
Good luck and keep us posted.