LW300 feeling its oats

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Oppie, May 14, 2004.

  1. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Since I bought the '01 LW300 back in January, I was curious about how well
    it would do flat out. Being usually a sane person, I generally observe the
    speed limits (or as they seem to be speed recommendations in this area).
    Yesterday though on a straight section of highway, I saw a Chrysler Talon
    coming up fast from the rear. Figuring wtf, I stomped the pedal and went
    from 60 to 100 in what seemed like less than 5 seconds. There was still an
    impressive acceleration at that speed but sanity kicked back in again. Eased
    up on the gas and waved as the Talon passed.
    Think that I will look into the suspension though. Something didn't feel
    entirely right at high speed in the steering. Felt like a bit of sway in the
    rear. Then again, I have a bunch of tools in the spare tire well packed
    around the donut tire. Throws off the weight distribution a bit.

    Oppie, May 14, 2004
  2. Oppie

    Blah blah Guest

    Depends ont he engine... 2.2 / 3.0? Either one probably 101-120... Where
    ever they governed it to stop at. The Ion Redline is the fastest saturn
    makes with a speed of 155mph. They ran a Redline at the bonneville flats
    which did 212.6mph


    Notice how much of a gap they made between the Ion and the Honda.
    Blah blah, May 14, 2004
  3. Oppie

    Eric Halpern Guest

    My 2000 L-Series wagon routinely sees 100+ and just feels better as it goes

    Eric Halpern, May 18, 2004
  4. You may want to make sure the rear end alignment kit has been added to the
    vehicle. TSB 00-T-72A. Tire pressures up to spec?
    Dana Rohleder, May 18, 2004
  5. Oppie

    Oppie Guest

    Thanks for reminding me on that TSB. I thought that the alignment issue was
    in the steering (front). Didn't realize that it applied to the rear. Tire
    pressures are all good.

    Not ready for the cannonball run yet
    Oppie, May 18, 2004
  6. Yes, there is a separate issue with the rear end. As delivered, the rear end
    does not have the necessary alignment latitude to keep the rear tires from
    wearing unevenly. The fix is to add some shims, replace the worn tires (make
    sure they replace all 4 if you have been rotating them), and re-align.
    Unfortunately, the fix leaves the rear end about an inch higher than
    original height, which I felt detracted slightly from its excellent
    handling. If you can get Saturn to replace the tires, (they must show uneven
    wear) try to get anything other than the Affinities, but don't hold your


    Dana Rohleder, May 19, 2004
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