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Saturn LS2: Interesting Facts

  • The Saturn LS2 is part of the L-series, which had five models in the lineup. The prototype for the series was named “Innovate”.
  • The LS2 was one of the first mid-sized models manufactured by General Motors. The company had focused solely on subcompact cars before the debut of the L-series.
  • The design of the front-wheel-drive LS was based on GM's European model, the German Opel Vectra. However, the Saturn sedan was larger in size and used different parts.
  • The L-series was built at the Wilmington, Delaware plant of General Motors.
  • Looking at the designs, many branded the LS2 as a rehash of the two best-selling midsized cars: the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. Like the two models, the LS2 had a 106-inch wheelbase and measured 190 inches long. Even the dashboard of the sedan looks similar to the two; it had round analog gauges and climate control in the center.
  • When the series debuted, the LS1 model featured power windows, a keyless entry feature, and other comfort features. The LS2 focused on features that will improve the drive which include: fog lights, a V6 engine, anti-lock brakes, and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 4-speed auto transmission was only offered as an option for 4-cylinder models, while the anti-lock brakes with traction control were available for all models.
  • The LS2 went through two rebranding. The first once happened a year after the series' debut. All the models in the lineup received new names. The standard model was named L100, with which the names of the variations were based (LS1 was branded as L200, LS2 as L300, LW1 as LW200, and LW2 as LW300). The second rebranding happened three years after the first one. The entire L-series was officially named “L300”; hence the former LS2 model got the name of L300.2. This version had the same specs as before but was now offered with a 3.0L V6 engine.
  • 2001 proved to be a year of upgrades and improvements for LS2. The sedan was given a larger fuel tank (upgraded to 59.0L), shoulder belts for the center seat at the back, as well as head curtain side airbags.
  • The last L300 was produced on 17th June 2004, following poor sales.

Saturn Ls2 Articles

  • Saturn LS2 Problems

    The LS2 was introduced in 2000 as part of the L-series by General Motors' subsidiary Saturn. The series was intended to be a good line of midsized coupes and station wagons, but poor sales caused GM to cancel the whole series. The negative response proved to be too much for GM, especially considering that the LS2 sedans were the company's first attempt to move to midsized cars. Among the issues commonly raised against the LS2 are listed below.

    Engine failures

    The most common problem with the LS2 is its engine. If you have an LS2, you should have experienced a time when the engine suddenly turned off. After driving the car for some time, or for a few thousand miles, engine failures become a normal thing. The problem gets worse if it's left unattended; the engine may turn off more than twice during a drive. In particular, engine failures are usually observed in LS2 sedans that use the 2.2L engine. This problem even caused the North Carolina Consumers Council to petition an investigation against the defective design. A quick look at the engine assembly showed that the failures are caused by a faulty timing chain design.

    Brake and taillight failures

    Another wrong move made by Saturn is the use of plastic terminal covers on the electrical connections. These covers can get caught easily in contact surfaces which would then lead to an insulated connection. The usual manifestations of this are brake and taillight failures (either the lights won't go on or the light is too dim).

    This issue led to a recall, affecting more than 300,000 vehicles in the US and Canada, demanded by the North Carolina Consumers Council.

    “Check engine” light issues

    In an interesting mix of problems, the “check engine” light presented issues of its own. Since the LS2 had faulty electrical connections AND is very prone to engine failures, one will not know what the problem is when the “check engine” light turns on.

    Since the light can go on because of either factor, LS2 owners get confused as to how to solve the problem. Most often, this causes the owner to just check everything which can be very costly and time-consuming.