Airbag Issues for '00 LS2

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by ldawg317, May 20, 2004.

  1. ldawg317

    ldawg317 Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I have a '00 LS2 where the airbag cover has cracked (I notice that Saturn
    doesn't use high grade materials for their interiors). I don't really
    want to pay 500 for a whole new assembly and I was wondering if there was
    a way to take off the airbag assembly and replace the cover over the

    Also, last month I took in my LS2 to have my brakes replaced and it cost
    me $500 just to replace the front end!! Apparently Saturn deliberately
    uses hard pads and soft rotors so when it is time to replace the pads, the
    rotors are already to far gone to be resurfaced. Does anyone else find
    this ridiculous?
    ldawg317, May 20, 2004
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  2. ldawg317

    Blah blah Guest

    The air bag cover should "not" be removed from the air bag unit. You
    could try that interior patch stuff they show on tv. Just try finding it
    in the stores.
    The choice in pads was not deliberate. Personally I hate organic brake
    pads and I dont know of any factory cars with that soft crap. How many
    miles did you put on those rotors and brakes? Dont just snipe Saturn
    without some facts to back up your claims. You could buy new aftermarket
    rotors for the price of having had those rotors turned so shop around
    next time.
    Blah blah, May 20, 2004
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  3. For the airbag, I would be very hesitant to apply any sealers, they
    might damage the bag itself - plus whatever you put on there is going to be
    launched at your face if the airbag deploys - have you brought it in to the
    dealer to see what they say? Maybe they will replace such a critical safety
    item... if not, they do turn up on eBay pretty regularly (you could also see
    what the local parts yards could come up with)

    We had to do the fronts on my wife's 01 L300 recently - I was also a little
    surprised at the degree of wear on the rotors - we still had enough there to
    turn them, though. I was shopping around for parts - couldn't find much
    better than $70-80 a crack for the rotors, plus the pads are around that,
    too - so you figure over $200 for parts - then you factor in labor. $500
    sounds a bit steep, though - if we had purchased new rotors, we would have
    been in the $300-350 range. I would shop around - replacing front brakes is
    pretty trivial - I am sure you can find a reputable shop which will do it
    for much less (most places don't even mind if you supply the parts, so you
    could get oem if you wanted them)

    My only real complaint about the front brakes is that they dust much more
    than others I have used (more of a cosmetic issue than anything else) - I
    have tried waxing the wheels, etc. to see if I could get it to not stick so
    bad, but to no avail. It could just be the design of the wheel...
    David & Caroline, May 21, 2004
  4. ldawg317

    Blah blah Guest

    The patch stuff I'm talking about stays soft like vinyl. Eh, I got a
    blue pontiac air bag unit with radio controls. To bad thats not what he

    The problem with the L300 is its still very new and not made here. If I
    remember correctly its an Opel so parts are rare. You can get a front
    rotor at advanceautoparts for $63.99... Still high compaired to 20-25
    for brakes for an s-series saturn.
    Prices always get better as the models age and when theres more out
    there. If its to new a model you will always be hurting for parts, more
    so if its not made in the US.
    Most waxes would just make the dust stick I think.
    Blah blah, May 21, 2004
  5. re: brake dust

    I've run 3 or 4 different brands and types on my 97SL2 - the dust levels all
    seem to be different. I think the Carbotech's might have had the least dust,
    I'm running Green Stuff EBT's currently and they're not bad. Carwash soap
    cleans the wheels right up and I used a med soft nylon brush to get the
    grime out around the wheel weights.
    Jonnie Santos, May 21, 2004
  6. ldawg317

    AN0NYM0US Guest

    Air bag unit w/ Radio Control?? :)
    AN0NYM0US, May 24, 2004
  7. ldawg317

    Blah blah Guest>,
    Yup they're grouped together on the same module. Off a 92-94 Bonneville
    if I'm right.
    Blah blah, May 24, 2004
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