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2001 Saturn L-Series Wagon

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Saturn L-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 135 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2001 Saturn L-Series

  • It costs thousands less than comparably equipped Accords and Camrys -- and it looks, drives and feels like it.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Extremely competitive pricing for this segment, customer-focused dealers, strong powerplant with V6, wagon availability.

  • Cons

    Build quality from the Jurassic Period, ultra-conservative styling, lack of established service and repair history.

  • What's New for 2001

    The Saturn L-Series sedans and wagons didn't exactly set the world on fire when they were introduced in 2000, but they return for 2001 virtually unchanged. Saturn has addressed safety concerns by making front and rear head curtain airbags optional on all trim levels. All sedans are now equipped with a three-point seatbelt in the rear center seat, but this feature is still not available in wagons. Later in the model year, sedans will get an emergency trunk release handle. New colors include Cream White, Bright Silver, Silver Blue and Straight Shade Black. Bright White, Silver, Silver Plum and Blackberry have been discontinued.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Love my saturn!

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn L-Series LW300 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

Please pay attention to the model of car people are reviewing. This car is fabulous! Mine has 116,000 miles and it still looks new under the hood. The lw300 is the best version in this model line and can come with lots of extras such as leather seats, remote start and locks, power everything, rear defog and wiper, heated seats, etc. so you might get a lot more for your money. It drives and runs fabulously!




Love my baby!

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn L-Series LW200 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

Love this car. Bought it after my daughter totaled my old one. Have owned 5 Saturns over the years. It's 8 years old, and has only cost a couple thousand in repairs...mostly normal wear and tear ( tires, etc. ) Replaced brakes once, and the heater core just this past summer. oh, and a tune up. That was probably my single biggest expense. It was the last car off the line, or so I'm told. Fun to drive, and very dependable



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Sell after 50,000 miles!

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn L-Series LW300 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I really like the comfort and performance of the car, but repair costs are killing me: Oil cooler leak, $1,350; water pump $450; power steering pump $400; front brake pads and rotors $450; faulty MAF sensor $450; thermostat $400. All of these repairs in the last year after the car went over 50,000 miles. The dealer tells me a new steering rack will be required in the near future. If anyone has one of these cars, sell at the first sign of problems after 50,000 miles. It will only get worse!




Car has reliability problems

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn L-Series LW300 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

In the 1st 12 months I owned car, towed in twice, 4 sets of gaskets due to coolant leaks, water pump, center console cover replaced, mass air sensor, all tires had to be replaced at 12000 miles due to alignment problems that were never completely rectified, ignition lock replaced, and it costs $46.00 to have the computer reprogrammed if the battery fails. I bought a 2002 Ford Windstar because I could no longer rely on the Saturn. My wife now drives it about 75 miles a month. Would never own another Saturn and would not recommend one to anyone.




Never again

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn L-Series LW300 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased this car with a little over 23,000 miles on it in immaculate condition. I was told it had only one lease owner. Wondered why they traded it in. I didn't have to wonder long. Despite regular, timely maintenance, in less than three years, the car has had a short, two blower motors and most recently, replaced traction control brain module. Upside down on it, or I would trade it now! I will not keep it past the extended warranty, with deductible of $200 per occur. Never a GM car again; back to reliable Toyotas, or...




Horrible experience

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn L-Series LW200 4dr Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

Bought this wagon for my growing small family. At approx $20K + 0.9% financing over 5 yrs it was a good deal at the time. Plus the advertised 24/32 MPG was a selling point for us. Factory Firestone tires were terrible so at 5K had to replace those. Things started happening before the warranty was up. Steering rack, transmmission woes, power slippage. Dealer refused to acknowledge there were problems until after the 3 yr warranty elapsed. So I dealt with a squealing steering system and a supreme lack of power. I was flooring it up suburban hills and highways at 40mph. Resale value was terrible. Finally traded it in for a Honda CRV. Never again.



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Full 2001 Saturn L-Series Review

What's New for 2001

The Saturn L-Series sedans and wagons didn't exactly set the world on fire when they were introduced in 2000, but they return for 2001 virtually unchanged. Saturn has addressed safety concerns by making front and rear head curtain airbags optional on all trim levels. All sedans are now equipped with a three-point seatbelt in the rear center seat, but this feature is still not available in wagons. Later in the model year, sedans will get an emergency trunk release handle. New colors include Cream White, Bright Silver, Silver Blue and Straight Shade Black. Bright White, Silver, Silver Plum and Blackberry have been discontinued.

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Talk About The 2001 L-Series

2001 Saturn L-Series Discussions See all Started By

dannyg
dannyg
07-25-2000
Hey Saturnboy, just curious where you heard about the price reductions on the L series for 2001. I didn't spot anything at http://www.saturnfans.com....


dunworth
dunworth
11-24-2003
http://www.freep.com/money/autonews/saturn20_20031120.htm...


docralpho
docralpho
09-07-2001
I saw a VUE in Phoenix approx Jan 2001, but could barely see inside due to the stage and protection around the vehicle. The size and shape of the SUV was very appealing. I have seen pictures of some ?...



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