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Old 11-19-2001, 11:37 AM   #1
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While at the nearest Saturn dealer for some warranty work on my LW300, I noticed a V6 L sedan on a lift in the service area with the engine and subframe completely removed from the car. Service department said car has a problem with oil and water mixing in car's oil cooler. Is this problem common? What is cause of this? Defective part or poor engineering? Wouldn't the engine sustain permanent damage from water in the oil? The impression I got was they were going to just flush the engine out (oil passages and cooling passages?) after fixing/replacing the oil cooler.

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Old 11-19-2001, 02:09 PM   #2
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I havent seen anything like this yet ... im almost to 20k and havent had any real problems yet.

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Old 11-19-2001, 03:41 PM   #3
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This sounds like major internal defect in oil cooler allowing oil and coolant to mix. Leaking of coolant onto engine block due to poor external sealant is not unheard of but is minor problem as there is no way oil and coolant can mix. It happened on my LS2. It was fixed in a couple of hours.

In view removal of engine,there is probably more than just flushing block and replacing oil cooler involved. If coolant has been getting into oil for any length of time it could mean serious damage to engine........good reason for checking oil dipstick frequently for brownish foam deposit.

It would be interesting if you could let us know what problem actually was.

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Old 11-19-2001, 03:47 PM   #4
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I have better than 18,500 on my V6 and have not had a problem like this. I have not heard of one till now either.

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Old 11-19-2001, 06:49 PM   #5
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I do know the car in question is a silver L300. The dealer can be reached at their website, www.saturnofpleasanton.com. Maybe if you email their service department they will divulge exactly what they found to be the problem with this particular car. Other than checking our dipsticks, I don't know any other way of watching out for this!

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Old 11-19-2001, 07:52 PM   #6
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Default About checking oil......

Someone mentioned that you need to check your oil for foamy substance---while an excellent idea, and I do it with my car (a '97 Dodge), on a new car I don't think that's something you should have to do. You shouldn't have to worry about problems like that on a new car...


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Old 11-19-2001, 11:21 PM   #7
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I agree,but sad to say, things like that can happen at any time.

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Old 11-20-2001, 06:36 AM   #8
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I've never seen it or heard of it in the L series. If it was a common problem, it would be all over this site.
It happed to my 84 BroncoII once. Don't get me started on THAT one. My first and last SUV if you can call it that.
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Old 12-13-2004, 01:44 PM   #9
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Please see my post at

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Old 12-13-2004, 05:30 PM   #10
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Old 12-13-2004, 06:00 PM   #11
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This is an Isolated incident for sure. There are to many Ls out there for the general public to not have heard about this happening to others.This was most likely a faulty part which happened in assembling.

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