2nd Nov 2009, 18:31
Saturns are junk. The timing belt goes out and the whole engine is shot, and you can't get rid of your car because it won't run, and it costs more to replace or fix the engine than the car is worth. Thanks Saturn.
26th Dec 2009, 12:40
I bought a LS2 and the next day, I had to spend about $500 replacing the brakes. Every month after buying the car, I had to spend at least $300 getting something fix. And it's only been 5 months. I've spend more fixing this car than buying it. I regret it.
1st May 2010, 08:37
I have a 2000 Saturn LS2, and have had it for the last 3 years. It was a great car till the engine blew and spent 2800 dollars on a semi-new engine that had to be rebuilt. Now, the car is sputtering and the reduced power light came on. I sure hope its nothing to serious, and just need the Mass Air Flow Sensor replaced. Keeping my fingers crossed that this is the only problem.
3rd May 2010, 22:47
I have a 2000 LS2. It was the worst investment I've ever made. Somehow my SERPENTINE BELT (!!!) snapped, wrapped itself around my crank shaft and bent all the pistons in the left side of my engine. I replaced my engine, power steering fluid pump, water pump, A/C compressor, axles, tie rods and 3 O2 sensors.
My turn signal doesn't reset itself after I make a turn. It's not recognizing one of the O2 sensors I just put in and my AC is shot again. I do most of the work myself and I'm still into the car for more than I bought it for. Right around 95,000 it started going down hill. I'm fixing what I can and trading it in very soon.
I'm glad they went under. Thanks a lot SATURN. Great first car. GOOD RIDDANCE.
22nd Jun 2010, 17:53
Bought my folk's 2000 LS2 about 4 years ago (they bought new) and have put about 60K miles on it, total of 140k.
I have had NO serious problems until yesterday, where it would stop running after it warmed up. Waiting to see what's wrong & how much green it is going to cost.
Overall, I have been happy with the car, and it has held up great with me driving it like it was my truck.
17th Aug 2010, 12:46
Bought our daughter a used 2000 LS2 in March of 2007 with about 90,000 miles. Ran great for the first six months, and then nothing but trouble since.
1. Ignition switch would not turn to start the car. Had to be replaced at the dealership.
2. Headlights would come on while the car was parked in the driveway. Turn signal assembly was replaced at the dealership.
3. Timing belt and water pump replaced at 110,000.
4. Numerous electrical problems. Power door locks quit working. Replaced fuses. Still not fixed.
5. Front flex pipe on the exhaust replaced.
6. Engine makes a humming noise. Mechanic says it could possibly be the transmission pump.
7. Check engine light has been on for 3 months now.
8. Water in the passenger floorboard when it rains.
9. Leaking coolant today. Not sure what the issue is yet.
Ready to trade it in, blow it up or drive it off a cliff!
15th Oct 2010, 08:17
I completely agree with the statements above. My husband bought our Saturn LS2 new. He absolutely loved it.
Down the line a ways, the air conditioner went bad - the dealership wanted more than the car was worth to replace.
Then the power steering had a leak - $300, the center console broke twice - $150, we replaced it once.
The exhaust had a leak - $400 for the cut out and weld in a new piece fix.
Window popped out of place.
Air blower went - $550.
Now the mass air flow sensor and the power control module are both bad - $900.
We have spent $2000 on the car in the last month and a half. It has about 140,000 miles on it. It has been never ending repairs.
We also replaced some cylinders in the engine back a ways, and that wasn't cheap. I'm thinking it might be time to trade it in for something more reliable.
26th Oct 2010, 11:49
We just got the 2000 LS2 6 months ago, and have had a few headaches. When we first got it, at 117,000 kms, the front brakes and rotors needed to be replaced, and there was a hole in the muffler. Replaced those for a decent price.
A week after owning the car, the service wrench light and decreased power light came on when accelerating out of a driveway, and the car would stall whenever turned on. Unplugged and blew the MAF sensor plug, and the car worked again, and service wrench and decreased power light went away, but the service engine soon light came on and never went away since.
For 2 months the car would stall when idle for longer than 5 minutes. Later found out that was the MAF sensor.
When getting the car emissions tested, it was a nightmare. Wouldn't pass NOx first try, used guaranteed to pass, failed again. Changed MAF sensor, cleaned EGR, checked O2 sensors, replaced air filter, failed again.
On the drive home from the shop mid repair, serpentine belt broke due to the plastic tensioner pulley falling to bits, which was replaced with a metal one due to Delco noticing the amount of failures of the plastic pulley. The serpentine belt needed the whole one engine mount removed to be replaced, due to the horrid Saturn design to keep you going to the dealers for repairs.
On the 6th attempt to pass emissions, the mechanic put some unspecified chemical in the car overnight and we were successful.
I love this car for some reason, even with the headaches, and just wish Saturn made part replacements for this lemon more reasonable.
12th Feb 2011, 12:07
About leak in passenger and/or driver floorboard: it may be a blockage in the A/C drain (don't know the right term). I had a puddle in my floorboard every time I would run my A/C, thought it was the heater core, tried to replace heater core and ruined that, ended up having to take the car to the dealership to replace the heater core, and still had problems with leakage into the floorboard. If you are sure it is antifreeze, yes, it is the heater core. If it has no smell, it is a blockage from the A/C unit just behind the heater core, and that was fixed by my friend's husband, no charge.
About reduced power light: that is just a warning telling you something is about to go wrong, not really a problem. Sort of a friendly "Saturn" heads up telling you that you will have to sink some more money into it.
About "jerking when changing gears": MAF sensor, buy a Haynes repair manual and you can do it yourself, saving costly labor charges.
About "shutting off while driving": crankshaft position sensor.
I love my Saturn LS2 when it is driving well, but when something goes wrong, especially now that they no longer make Saturns, it can be VERY expensive to fix. Just this morning I went to take my dog to the vet, and the driver's seat back is touching the steering wheel, apparently the motor for the power driver's seat will need to be replaced. Just called the local Chevy dealership that is handling all local Saturns, the part is $236.00. Not gonna happen.
Also, have had center console lid break off, never fixed it. Both vanity mirrors on the back of the visors have come off. Back passenger side interior door handle broken, so my son has to climb to the driver's side to get out. Back driver's side door lock will not function with remote, must be unlocked and locked manually. Have had to replace water pump three times, and car is still using coolant. Have replaced O2 sensor 2x, and have had the taillights replaced when they did the recall.
Problem after problem with this car. Like I said, when it runs, it is a fantastic car. Great gas mileage, plenty of power, but when something goes wrong, it really goes WRONG.