The brakes of my Saturn LW300 won't easily bring me to a complete stop like before. But it happens only when I load the cargo area up. What could be causing it?
Weight affects stopping just as it does velocity. A heavy vehicle requires more power to get to full speed and needs a powerful grip to fully stop just the same. Squeezing too much load into your wagon will force the brakes to exert more effort to hold back the forward force, and stopping will take a little longer than usual. You may pull some load out of the cargo area and put them in the cabin so the weight is distributed properly across the vehicle to improve braking performance and avoid swaying all at the same time. If it's not possible to leave behind some cargos, put braking and stopping time allowance. This should help save you from more frequent brake pedal replacement, though watching your vehicle's weight rating is still the most effective way to ensure efficient brakes.
Why is it that my transmission does not shift smoothly, especially with the two low gears? The fluid level is okay because I just filled it.
Hard shifting is actually one of the most common complaints with Saturn LW300. It often occurs due to low amount of lubricant. You added extra fluid just recently, but how frequently does your transmission ask for a refill would help you trace the root of the problem. Too frequent refilling may indicate leak, and such leakage pulls down the fluid level all too often that it fires transmission temperature up, ending with hard shifting. Check first the rubber seals to see if there are any cracks.
There are still a number of things that may cause hard transmission shifts; hence, the quest of tracing the problem does not end with checking the rubber seals and fluid level. Suspect that fluid quality needs change already. Fluid discoloration is an indication of servicing need. Vehicles that reached considerable mileage might require fluid change more often than what the manual suggests.
The engine won't start. I just had my alternator repaired and also got it new ignition. Could it be that my electrical system is messed up?
Have you checked the battery? Start-up failure that neither roots from the ignition nor the alternator could be caused by problematic battery. In general, engine that won't crank tells the battery has low charge, and the alternator might have caused it. It is expected that the problem is solved by having the alternator repaired. Keep in mind, though, that apparent battery failure is also caused by low electrical charge. In that case, you may already need a replacement.
Car owners can save from costly repair caused by messed up battery by keeping it clean. Make sure to wipe dirt away since it adds to the problem that oxidation and acid stratification brings the battery. Extremely low temperatures also hasten its life, so it would be wise to give it proper insulation. It will also help if the tray is regularly cleaned because acid that sits on it can lead to failure as well.
Saturn LW300: A Perfect Mix of Value and Performance
The Saturn L-Series was introduced in 2000 as Saturn tried to expand its product line-up. The L-Series vehicles were built based on the Opel Vectra B and were made at a Delaware-based GM plant. The series offered five models: a base (LS), LS1, LW1, LS2, and LW2. The LW2 model was later renamed as the LW300, a vehicle considered by many as a perfect mix of performance, space, and value. The LW300 may have been discontinued when the L-Series was pulled out in 2005, but it continues to attract second-hand buyers looking for a spacious, reliable, and budget-friendly station wagon.
2000-2001: The L-Series was introduced
The L-Series was launched through five models. The LS sedan (base) was equipped with manual locks and windows, a five-speed manual transmission, and an AM/FM stereo. The LS1 and LW1 (station wagon) models were equipped with keyless entry, heated mirrors, power windows, and other features included for passenger comfort. As for the LS2 and LW2 models, they came with a V6 engine for added power that was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. All models also came with optional ABS (anti-lock brakes system).
In 2001, the models were given new names. The LS was referred to as L100, the LS1 was renamed as L200, the LS2 was known as L300, the LW1 was called LW200, and the LW2 was changed to LW300. Aside from changes in name designations, all L-Series models were also upgraded with a bigger fuel tank, shoulder belts, and head curtain side airbags (for later models).
2002-2003: Safety and cosmetic upgrades
In 2002, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and curtain side airbags became standard features. Other upgrades included a DVD entertainment system for the rear seats, automatic AC, and chrome alloy wheels that came with six spokes. In the following year, wagon models, along with their sedan counterparts, received a face-lifted front end and new taillights. The old wooden trim was replaced with a silver dash, and the upholstery was upgraded. 2003 models also featured a new alloy wheel design that was based on Saab vehicles. The ABS with traction control also became an optional feature.
2004-2005: Name designation changes
For 2004 units, ABS with traction control became a standard feature again, although the automatic AC and manual transmission were removed. The LW200 and L200 names were dropped to make way for the L300.1 designation, and all L-Series wagons and sedans were renamed as L300s. In 2005, wagon units were discontinued.
Despite discontinuing the Saturn LW300 in 2005, it continues to attract Saturn fans and buyers who want real value for their money. As a matter fact, some claim that the later LW300 models compare well to more expensive units from more well-known brands.