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Old 03-15-2019, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default LW-300 End-of-the-Line??

The day I knew would come seems to have arrived.

With just over 224K on the odometer, I had a no start condition last Friday evening on my 2001 LW-300. For about 2 years now I have had intermittent P0304 and misfires, especially when accelerating hard (such as merging on to a KS freeway). Had vehicle towed to my mechanic and they discovered (upon removing the intake manifold and conducting a compression check) that the valley was "filled with oil" and 2 cylinders with compressions below 100.

#1 - 145, #2 - 130, #3 - 95, #4 - 127, #5 - 145, #6 - 85

After cleaning the oil out of the valley, cleaning the plugs (just replaced 24K miles ago at the 200K Timing Belt change) and reassembly, the engine would start and run without misfiring or throwing codes.

For what a reman on this L81 engine would cost, I will most likely just replace the vehicle.

It has been just shy of 12 years and 182K miles for me with this one - but it looks like the end of the line.

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Old 03-15-2019, 01:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: LW-300 End-of-the-Line??

I can relate to your situation. See my post on Engine Swap Time.

Another alternative is to look at a Junkyard engine. There are still plenty of 3.0's in the junkyards with relatively low miles. Personally, I'm much more comfortable with a junkyard engine over a rebuilt one. You never know what type of materials (Usually the cheapest) that were used for a rebuild.

If your car is in good shape, this might be a great option for you.

When I looked at how much an engine swap would cost compared to buying another vehicle, the decision was an easy one. Again, the condition of your wagon now will be a major factor in your decision.

Keep us posted on how you proceed.

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Old 03-16-2019, 10:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: LW-300 End-of-the-Line??

So I decided today that I will not be fixing the Saturn.

I am going to be contacting a local organization that takes donated cars and either fixes them or sells them to help pay for repairs to others. They then provide these cars to veterans in the community that are in need of a reliable car.

So there may still be some life in her yet - we will see.

It was just short of a 12 year party as a Saturn owner. And a lot of the reason it lasted so long was this forum!! Thank you each one that shared your experience and knowledge.

I can only hope to get 12 years and 180K miles out of the replacement car - a 2019 Ford Fusion SE...

Thank you everyone!!

John

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