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Old 07-29-2014, 10:04 PM   #1
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Saturn for 4 wheels down

Hello, can anyone tell me if the mid 90's to early 2000's Saturn sedans with automatic trans can be towed 4 down ie: the L100, L200 and SL series? Thanx Robert
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:14 PM   #2
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Yes. The Saturn transmissions are electronic so they are flat towable.

Check your manual to be sure.

I have flat towed a 1997 Saturn SW-2 and a 2006 Saturn Vue which has the Honda Drive-Train, engine and transmission.

I would stay away from the L100 or the L200 Saturn's. Their engines and transmissions do not have a very good track record. Do a Google research for information.

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Thanks for the answer. We live in SC and these cars are plentiful and relatively inexpensive.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:11 AM   #4
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We bought a 2003 LW300 and have driven it over 10,000 miles and towed,
Over 16000 miles. We are very happy with the weight and gas mileage. It is
Our tow car and normally do not drive it much when we get home. Pull 2 30 amp fuses, put the car in neutral and go.
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We towed a Saturn L300 for several years. They are a nice weight to tow, and easy to set up. Like already mentioned, pull a couple fuses and you're good to go.
Our son grew to 6'4", son-in-law is 6'5", so we just outgrew it. :-)
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We towed a lot of miles on our old 1996
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I towed our 2006 Saturn Vue last year and it Burned up behind our motorhome on our way to Alabama. Saturn has problems and recalls for Ignition and Transmission shifting without the Operators input. Was barely able to disconnect our Motorhome from the burning vehicle. Will never tow a Saturn again.
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I have a 2002 L200 sedan and it has been towed thousands of miles. No problems, pull two 30 amp fuses, neutral and key in acc.
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I towed a 2000 SL2 for 63,000 miles. Best toad I ever had. We called it an all terrain vehicle.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:28 PM   #10
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evesely,

Most Saturn transmissions are electronic not mechanical.

So how does the ignition and/or the transmission move by itself?

Curious minds like mine would like to know as I have towed a 1997 Saturn SW-2 and a 2006 Saturn Vue thousands of miles without either of them having either the ignition or transmission moving by itself.

When researching Saturn Vue Transmission problems and recalls, there is this blurb regarding the VTI Transmission or whats commonly called a Continuously Variable Transmission, you can read about it HERE.

It is a well known fact that the CVT transmissions are NOT flat towable. They must be on a tow dolly or a flatbed trailer.

There is a GM recall on hundreds of thousands of vehicles which include some models of Saturn for a possible ignition problem which would not deploy the airbags when in an collision. Nothing about the ignition switch moving by itself.

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So far we have towed our 2000 SL1 (bought used in 2004) over 100,000 miles (and it's been driven another 90,000 miles), and we've never had any problems with the engine, transmission, or drive train. We did have some overheating problems - once after the radiator got plugged with mud and another time when a small rock got caught up in the electric radiator fan.

Also two flat tires (while towing), and once my son bumped a moose...

This car has been one of the best investments I've ever made.

If only it weren't so dang hard to get in and out of...
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Thanx everyone for all the info. Can anyone tell me which fuses to pull and is the distance and speed limited for the automatics. We normally cruise around 65 mph. Our motorhome is a 99 Newmar Dutch Star with the 300 cummins 8.3 litre, kinda small engine as engines go in newer units, thats why I'm looking for a lighter weight toad. Thanx Robert
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Fuse(s) depends on the year & model.

Usually 65 mph is tops.

Your best recommendation is once you decide on the Saturn year and model that you want, read the owners manual recommendations to answer your questions.

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I had a 2000 SL2 and didn't have to pull any fuses. Trans in neutral , key on ACC .
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