26th Sep 2008, 17:21
2000 Saturn LS 99235 miles, I bought this car used 2 years ago 2006 with about 81k miles on it. Check engine light came on a week later had the codes checked it was the oxygen sensor. But the car still drove fine. Then the service light came on with the wrench the trans with was shifting hard. I purchased an xtend warranty the car was bought from a used car lot not a Saturn dealer. The warranty did not cover repairs because the parts were electronics. The trans needed a solenoid pressure control total $713, Mass air flow sensor $195. Oil leak caused by an engine oil/air separator $402. Total bill 1332. That was 2007 that car ran like a champ after the repairs. This year 2008 the water pump went out, and they recommend changing the drive belt because it was soaked in coolant. Total $654 next the front brakes and rotors $200, the pads were not wore out they just deteriorated. The reason I came to this site today because when I park on an incline the car won't start, but after sitting it starts. Check engine light came on but did not come back on the next day. This has happened 3 time this week. I hope it is not the fuel pump. The car is fast but it should not have these kinds of problems in less than 100k. I should have kept my GMC 1999 Jimmy.
29th Sep 2008, 11:18
Just to add to my above comments, I took the car to the Saturn dealership. Less than 2 hours later they fixed the problem it was the crankshaft position sensor. Part $65, labor $74, total after tax $143.
I am glad I found this site. The problems with the 2000 LS2 are consistent. I hope Saturn realizes that you don't get repeat business selling cars that need major repairs before they get 100k miles on them.
24th Oct 2008, 13:29
Just some info for the thread. I've had my 2000 LS2 V-6 since it was new. Even though I've experienced a lot of the same issues as everyone else, it is still incredibly fun to drive. However, if your 2000 LS2 has left a bad impression with you, please keep in mind that this model was rushed to market using mainly European parts. The V-6 engines were actually built in the UK, as were many of the suspension parts. This car was pieced together in a short time to get a mid-sized Saturn on the market. Later models (especially the Aura) don't have these issues.
20th Nov 2008, 13:50
I bought a new 2000 LS when they first came out.
First off I’d like to say I loved this car when it worked. It handled great and had a lot of power. I was never much for flashy interiors so even that was OK for me.
Now for the bad stuff; I had so many electrical problems that the car was in the shop three or four times before it reached 6000 miles, and after that the problems continued off and on.
At one point they called me and told me the car was fixed and I should come and pick it up. When I got there and started the car it would barely idle. When I put it in drive it stalled (note this was an automatic). I walked back into the dealer and complained. So they went out and test drove it. When the guy got back from his test drive he stalled the car before he was able to park it. They did take the car back and eventually fix it for a few more thousand miles, but again it had similar problems later.
The last straw was when the key got stuck in the ignition. They did fix the problem, but I simply didn’t have the time to deal with all the problems. I bought a new Subaru (which has been pretty good) the same day and soon after I donated the Saturn to charity.
I wish I could buy an American car, but after having all these problems and seeing all the issues my friends have had, I will only buy another one when their word of mouth changes. I don’t really trust the statistics.
26th Feb 2009, 15:24
I have a 2000 Saturn LS2 that I bought used with 94,000 on it. As part of normal maintenance, I planned on doing normal repairs as needed. Things go bad and wear out. Car was running perfectly, and I replaced the timing belt and water pump. It's going to wear out. If you wait for the belt to break you'll be looking for a new engine. I did it before it broke. I replaced the battery. I replaced one oxygen sensor. Great car... scoots around quick!
11th Mar 2009, 20:35
I have a 2000 SW-2 wagon with the 3.0 V-6, and have had very few problems. The most recent has been the o-rings in the quick disconnect fittings on the hoses to the heater core. You have to buy the hoses from Saturn, as aftermarket items don't exist. I had a coolant leak and that's what my mechanic found.
The car has been excellent other than normal maintenance, and is comfortable to drive. I get 24 to 26 mpg and it has 118,000.00 miles on it. The key is to do routine services.
A good tip is to use Goodyear tires as they perform the best. Wear and ride comfort is unsurpassed.
I would recommend this car with the V-6 to anyone.
8th Aug 2009, 20:16
Once again the 2000 LS2 that I've listed numerous problems with again, and again here has failed me again.
A/C quit working a couple months ago. I knew it would cost more than the car was worth to fix, so I'm living with sweating in the heat of the summer.
Had 4 new tires put on, and 5000 miles later they're wearing out again.
Hearing big clunking sound from the rear end upon accelerating from a stop. Just had to have new brakes in the front put on once again. Was trying to get through one more years payments on this thing until I could dump it.
Final straw; the check engine light came on once again. I've poured so much money into this car and it's still under 100,000.
I drove it to a Chevy dealership and traded it in for a new HHR. Best decision I have ever made concerning this car. Just wished I had done it before pouring good money after bad years ago. Good riddance Saturn!
7th Sep 2009, 23:35
I bought the Saturn LS2 3.0 V6 in spring of 2008 with 79,000 on it. In over a year and a half, I have only put 11,000 miles on it. I'm just over 90,000 and everything is starting to break. At 90,200 miles I had to replace the body control module, that is a dealer only item and fix (I work on my own cars typically), then 3 days later, as I write this I'm having starting problems. The battery has full power, but I have to jump it, to either reset something or to give it an extra boost. I'm hoping the battery I pulled out of another car will fix it... :-/, hoping it's just the battery.
But I have had other problems before this.
- Broken coil spring in front drivers side (not fixed yet).
- Car over heated and killed the water pump, (replaced on own) 4 hour fix and 80 dollars.
- That killed the timing belt, which needed replacement.
- 1/2 the switches in the car don't work.
- Turn signal switch broke, (replaced) 20 @ dealer.
Just a suggestion to people, this car is good if you can get one with problems free and low mileage, because once you reach around 90,000 you will have a world hurt of problems, and don't plan on fixing in your garage, because most parts are dealer only.