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.
by sarahecuff on Nov 29, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
This was the first car that I purchased by myself when I was 22, it was a year old and had 22,000 miles on it. Right now it has 129,000 and it is still running like a newer car. It has never needed any major repairs other than routine maintenance. My only gripe is that the AC died at around 60,000 and I never had it repaired because it needs a compressor and I never had the extra money to fix it. I had to replace all 4 calipers at about 80,000 but I have a lead foot so maybe this was the reason. Right now the CD player no longer works but I can't really complain, it has lived its life. Just a great reliable car to get you from point A to point B.
by bmccune on Nov 15, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L100 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)
This was actually a car that my mother had bought new in 2002 because of the low interest rates after 9/11. The car was great! Never had any problems with it till one day it just wouldnt start. Almost had to have it towed until her friends dad pointed out the gunked up battery cables. That sure was the issue because after he cleaned them it started right up.(after being charged up a bit) She had this car until around 100k and that was only because she said that Saturn wanted to much for a tune up. My only complaint is that after getting rid of it we would still reach down to the area around the shifter in her Honda to roll down the windows which was quite funny.
by leslie26 on Apr 24, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my 2002 L300 new from a Saturn dealer in 2001.
Just turned 200,000 miles and still going very Strong!
It hardly burns any oil at all.
I'll be so sad to see this car go (when the time comes).
There was an issue with a fuel sensor which occurred after Saturn was shut down and it took about 5 months to get the part that I needed.
This was the only Major issue that I've had with the car.
Based on other reviews, it looks like I got pretty lucky with my L300.
I did follow the maintenance schedule so I have to think that helped a bit in getting the car to over 200,000 miles.
I'll keep driving it until it dies.
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.