by jamesghee on Feb 16, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
The '02 Saturn L300 was my first car. I didn't know much about cars, but I would soon learn. It being 10 years old (Got it in 2012), it obviously needed some work done. The 3.0L V6 provided excellent pick up on demand, and gas mileage was pretty decent. The leather seats were in great condition, and the interior design was pretty decent for a 10 year old car. I'm about 6'0 ft tall, and cabinet room was excellent. The car has great visibility, and drivability is through the roof. I would definitely buy this car again.
by rinyotsu on Mar 24, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
I Love this car! I first got it in Nov, 2008, senior year of high school. I originally drove like a granny driver, slow to keep my mileage up even though I lived less than a mile from school and didn't really leave town until I started college.
The original engine had succumb to the timing chain issue so we had a new one put in.
The new engine, at first, had horrible compression and I'm surprised the car made the 60+ mile trip home, then another 20 miles to a friend's to get the compression test. This car appeared to not want to give up on me since I didn't give up on it. A can of restore with a full synthetic oil change and spark plugs and she's running better than many cars on the road.
by olderage on Dec 3, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
The L-Series is like all Saturns: unreliable. Before I bought it, my example had a broken timing chain and damaged engine at 89k (common!). Soon thereafter the fuel pump failed ($1k parts and labor; common). Now, at just over 100k, the turn signals are working intermittently (hazard light switch; common), and there is a severe judder when launching in first gear--especially in the cold. I'm sure that will be cheap to fix! I bought this car to live debt free, and for that I am grateful for the low purchase price. If the maintenance doesn't increase, then I'll feel wise. It is a smooth riding, comfortable car, and the composite body panels hide rust well.
Safety enhancements are the big news for 2002. All Saturn L-Series models now feature standard head curtain airbags, antilock brakes and traction control. Other enhancements include four-wheel disc brakes (on all models except L100), automatic headlamps, LATCH child seat anchors and post airbag-deployment signals. A DVD entertainment system will be available later in the year along with the OnStar communications system. New options packages add even more value with features like an in-dash six-disc CD changer and automatic climate control. New 15-inch alloy and 16-inch chrome wheels round out the upgrades.