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Saturn L300 Parts and Saturn L300 Accessories

Little-known Facts about the Saturn L300

  • The Saturn L-Series, which includes the L300 and other mid-size sedans and station wagons built on the Opel Vectra B platform, was launched in 2000. The first L-Series vehicle was manufactured in 1999, while the last automobile from the series rolled out of the assembly line in 2004. The last of its kind had been released as 2005 models. The discontinued L-Series was then replaced by the Aura, which was built based on Epsilon.
  • For the 2001 model year, the L-Series vehicles were renamed. The LS2 (equipped with a V6 engine) became known as the L300. Other models also got new designations: LS became known as the L100, LS1 as L200, LW1 as LW200, and LW2 as LW300. These models were built with larger fuel tanks.
  • For the 2004 model, several changes were made on the Saturn L-Series. The sedans and wagons under the L-Series were simply called the L300, as the L200 and LW200 model designations were eventually cancelled. The renamed L300 vehicles had the same trim level structure as Saturn's Ion compact. All models became a 4-speed automatic transmission, as manual transmission and automatic air-conditioning were later dropped. Anti-lock brakes were no longer optional. They became a standard feature.
  • The 2005 Saturn L300 sedan received a good rating from car owners and reviewers for its much lower price compared to other sedans, even though it offered basically the same features as its competitors. The base model was equipped with a 3.0L V6 engine and 4-speed automatic transmission, while fuel economy was rated at 18/26 mpg.
  • According to AOL Autos, among the top competitors of the 2005 Saturn L300 are the 2005 models of Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Suzuki Verona, and Toyota Camry. Based on the summed-up reviews from New Car Test Drive, the top-rated features of the L300 include the head-curtain airbags, ABS with traction control, and automatic headlamps.
  • Although the L300 had long been discontinued, you may catch a glimpse of the vehicle in some movies and TV series. For instance, the L300 can be spotted in some scenes in hit TV shows like Scrubs and Continuum and the film A History of Violence.

Saturn L300 Articles

  • Top 3 Saturn L300 Problems

    Created based on the Opel Vectra B, the Saturn L300 was part of Saturn's L Series, and it was manufactured and sold by General Motors. The L Series was introduced to the market in the year 2000, and it was comprised of station wagons and mid-size sedans. These vehicles were powered by straight-4 and V6 engines, and they were equipped with 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions. The L300 was a mid-size sedan that received several facelifts during its lifetime. Here are some common problems encountered by L300 users that are important to note.

    Body Control Module (BCM)

    The Body Control Module or BCM is the computer system that controls a lot of the vehicle's functions. For instance, it's responsible for the car's power lock doors, lighting systems, dashboard components, cruise control, etc. BCM problems are quite common with Saturn L300 models, and it's been seen in 2001-2003 models. The best solution to this problem would be to replace the BCM because delaying repairs would cause more trouble.


    2001 Saturn L300 models also had initial problems with their frontal airbags, and these models were recalled. Some of them didn't receive the right amount of generant-the component which supplies the airbag the gas that they need in order to inflate. Some vehicles were completely left out and were built without a generant while others were built with twice the amount. Both errors were problematic because having twice the amount of generant made the airbags vulnerable to exploding. On the other hand, those who weren't built with any would not be able to inflate, which puts the life of the driver at risk.

    Electrical system

    In 2003, around 240,000 units were affected with ignition control module glitches. This prompted other problems like reduced idle quality and engine power. Some were also reported to have problems when it comes to starting the vehicle. When ignition control module problems are not addressed, they lead to more severe problems like failure of the catalytic converter, oxygen sensor, and exhaust resonator. Once the vehicles were recalled, the ignition control modules were replaced together with their spark plugs. Updates were also made to the powertrain control module calibration.