17th Feb 2007, 06:10

2000 LS2 Repairs

I have owned this car since new. I also have had many problems Ignition replaced because I couldn't turn the key ($600). The ignition key is so badly worn that the problem is starting to happen again. Reduced power light came on going up a hill and the BCM was changed under warranty. Front tires bald on the inside which was discovered after an accident on a snow covered road where the car skidded on a turn in the road. Battery and battery cable replaced ($600) Tail-light replaced due to corrosion. The entire air conditioning system had to be replaced in 2006 ($2000) After air conditioning was replaced the serpentine belt broke. Two weeks later the engine lost power and wouldn't accelerate over 20 km per hour. The engine started to make a noise like a diesel engine and I took it to my mechanic. He was stumped and called in an engine specialist. I ended up putting in a new (used) engine ($4700). The fan for my heater is making a loud squealing noise when I turn the steering wheel to the right. I won't be taking this car on any long trips. I will drive it until the next major problem comes up and then it's gone. I'm not spending another dime on this car.

7th May 2007, 18:44

I bought a 2000 LS2 with 78000 miles on it. It needed the front rotors turned and 4 tires. I am very very happy with this vehicle. It is the fastest car I've ever owned. Pickup is great. The trunk is huge. I use it as a kid / family mover, and it does an excellent job.

After reading the comments on this site I was prepared for the worst. 2 months after buying it however, the only thing I can complain about is some clunk noises in the suspension when going over bumps.

Buying a $20k car for $5k was a great deal. Thanks for this site.

19th May 2007, 10:21

Have owned the car since new as well. I rather like it, but wife doesn't seeing how it has had its share of problems like everyone else here. Most of the previous problems found above I have had, except for the key ignition thing. Right now I have 140,000 miles on mine and will probably drive it till the body falls off. Right now, I'm trying to fix a leak with my engine coolant. Haven't been able to figure out where the leak is. I think it's a good car and some of the problems are due to excessive wear and tear. Others though gave me some headaches. If anyone has some advice on my current problem, please help.

23rd May 2007, 10:36

I bought used at 65000 miles and right away have problem also with coolant leak.

As of now... they want to replace the engine oil cooler and this is going to cost me about $2000...

There was a service bulliten about this, but they will not do anything about it.

Good Luck!

23rd May 2007, 22:29

I had a coolant leak, which damaged the timing belt, causing it to fail and destroying the engine.

6th Jun 2007, 12:14

I've got the 6 cyl. and I'm just now having problems with it at 104,000 miles. I'm leaking all kinds of coolant and it sounds like one of the pulleys is loose cause it's making a lot of clanking. I spoke with a dude at a repair shop and he said its prob the water pump, with a broken fan on the inside and its housing, rattling around. So far, that is the only thing to go on it. They said I should replace the timing belt too, while I'm in there for the water pump. I found some places that will do the pump and belt for 500. But Saturn wanted 1100 for the pump and belt. Supposedly Saturn replaces the timing belt, pulleys, and tensioner too though. I'm thinking I'm just gonna sell it so, I may just do the pump and belt only and forget about the pulleys and the other crap.

7th Jun 2007, 07:44

If you do keep the car, definitely replace the pump, timing belt, and the pulley/tensioner kit for this engine. As long as you're in there, it's better to replace it now than have a $5 pulley crap out a week later.

14th Jun 2007, 13:38

I have had my LS for almost 7 years now and still love it.

I recently had the problem with the coolant leaking and it turned out to be a heater hose which was replaced pretty cheaply. I am now starting to have intermittent problems with rough shifting accompanied by the service wrench light. I am taking it in tomorrow and will suggest they look at the MAF sensor as I have read about this issue in several different places.

I do love my dealer's service department. Early on they detected issues with the tires and replaced them not once, but twice within the warranty period at no cost to us.

26th Jun 2007, 13:51

I got my LS2 with 17K miles. Now at 77K miles, I'm having major expensive repairs. New transmission just put in. I've had the oxygen sensors replaced ($800). The new problem is ignition. Most times it starts, then all of sudden, it won't. Have a new battery. That wasn't it. Then repair shop said the code was for a neutral safety switch. Same problem. Now they repaired a crankshaft sensor.

Repair dude says-"that's a Saturn for ya" I've now spent close to $3K in the past month.

I'd love to get rid of it and buy a Toyota or Honda.

2nd Nov 2007, 08:49

I just purchased a 2000 LS2 the other day. I took it back to the service department this morning because the transmission sounds a little rough when shifting gears; almost like a diesel engine. The service guy said, "that's a Saturn". He said that because the car is pretty much made of plastic, I'll probably hear everything. I'm still going to take it to my regular mechanic for a diagnostic. After reading these comments, I'm so glad I have a warranty.

7th Nov 2007, 01:32

This is the worst car I've ever owned. I got it at 90k miles and I'm at 120k miles in 4 years. In the last 4 years, I've put more money into the car to fix it, than to pay it off. To top it off, there is currently (as in the last 3 years) a problem with it that they cannot figure out with it. They tell me to have random things replaced on it, but it might not "fix the problem". Screw Saturn! I'm never getting another one again. It's a fun car to drive though-- if it's running : (I'm so scared to drive it now because I'm always worried that it will break down.

7th Dec 2007, 10:24

NOVEMBER 2007 I bought my 2000 Saturn LS2 in 2006, used with 78K miles. Within 5 days I had to replace the timing belt because the a metal piece broke from the pulley. (I think that is how to describe the metal part). The car has been running great for me until now. It is in the shop because it will crank, but not turn over. It was running yesterday, just fine. I was low on fuel between empty and 1/4 tank gas. This happened one time before, however I got the car started. The mechanic has had the car for a day and a half, and can't figure out why it won't start, it just keeps cranking. I did try to see if it has an automatic shut off for when gas gets low, but did not find one in the trunk as was explained on a recent web site I went to for troubleshooting the problem. If anyone has any idea of what the problem might be, please share it.