Anyone with expertise on a Lw200?

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Steph, May 4, 2005.

  1. Steph

    Steph Guest

    Our LW-200 is starting to annoy us.
    Seems like there is a terrible shortage of knowledgeable [saturn]
    mechanics that know anything about this car and it's manual

    Since just under 30,000 miles the clutch has acted up/weird on us.
    Essentially it first showed up after driving about 90 miles on the
    freeway, I went to put down the clutch to downshift and it went to the
    floor. I was able to speed shift and pumping the clutch pedal seemed to
    maybe make a little difference.

    On very cold mornings the clutch acts up in the reverse.... the pedal
    travel is only 1-3 inches to fullly disengage, this floating enageg
    point of the pedal makes for some comical backing the car out of the
    driveway -- unfortunately my spouse doesn't find me laughing at her
    stalling the car very amusing.

    So this clutch issue has been going on for about 25,000 miles now.
    Saturn has looked at it at least three times, never finding anything
    wrong. They did a bleed on whatever system the clutch runs off and it
    seemed to improve for awhile.

    Then about 50,000 the power steering started to groan loudly and
    intermittently lose power-assist -- again mostly only in the mornings,
    and only noticeable when turning the wheel left (where it would
    violently vibrate between assisted and non-assisted turning) while
    groaning and creaking. After warming up the power steering behaves.

    So, the $75,000 question is does anyone know if the power-assist and
    clutch share a hydraulic assembly in the manual transmission LW-200 ?

    By the way, the final straw was yesterday the wife called to say the A/C
    quit. I had complained many times about the compressor engaging only to
    have it dismissed as normal sounds and behavior (the computer would
    cycle the a/c compressor shortly after starting the engine, which I
    understand could be normal, however it would sometimes do so too early
    or not compensate with enough throttle rpm and nearly stall out the

    So we dropped it off yesterday and hope for some mechanic-savant to
    actually locate the real issue(s).
    Steph, May 4, 2005
  2. I have a 2001 L200 and the steering has had many problems. I have power
    transmission. First it was a linkage, I think that was clunking, then a
    steering gear and then the steering rack. The later two made moaning noise
    with a left turns and particularly after hard braking. It was covered by
    extended warranty.
    New & Improved - N/F John, May 5, 2005
  3. Steph

    Steph Guest

    Yup, they replaced the rack. Then when putting it back together it
    leaked again -- so a turned into a 2.5 day repair.
    Still cannot locate any issue with the clutch.

    Our extended warranty has a $50 deductible, is that normal?
    Steph, May 6, 2005
  4. I have a 2001 L200 and the steering has had many problems. I have
    Life isn't fair. I got a non-deductible warranty.
    New & Improved - N/F John, May 7, 2005
  5. Steph

    Steph Guest

    Yeah, from when I buy extended warranties (which I endorse btw), I am
    going to read fine print on deductibles and whether it covers first-day
    rentals or not. Got sorta screwed on both my recent purchases that way -
    but I have a third vehicle so in th elong run it is okay.
    Steph, May 9, 2005
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