2002 Saturn L-Series Review | Edmunds.com

2002 Saturn L-Series

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 21/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 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 not up to segment standards, ultra-conservative styling, lack of established service and repair history.

  • What's New for 2002

    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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Such a wonderful car!

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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.




Total lemon

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L100 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I purchased this L100 New in December of 2002. I drive high mileage each year working in Boston. I was sold on its maintenance schedule thinking for the money, it was great. suggested 5000 mile oil changes and basic schedule. Well, it went downhill months after I boaught it. First off, the brake system which is supposed to be a superior system,(technically it was) you always have to by new rotors everytime you change out the brakes, the job cost my upwards of 600 dollars. Then came a few pieces of molding that came off on the passenger side! (I rarely have people in the car) then the Taillight assembly blew, had absolutely no lights in the back. Had to replace the whole assembly - $500. After coming up on the warranty limit, less than a thousand miles, the engine seized, was denied any help from Saturn and had to file for Bankrupsy due to still oweing 14 thousand on a car that was only decorating my front yard. 2 years later, they pulled it from production.




2002 l100 personal owners review

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L100 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car a few years ago to replace an older Saturn that finally got to a point it was not worth replacing the transmission. The original 97 Saturn was ready to retire, and was replaced with this one. And it was a very good choice. Right now I have 135k miles on it, and I just replaced the original brake pads/rotors! It has a power steering leak but other than that the car owes us nothing. It has never left us walking, and gets 30+ mpgs. I will definatley buy another Saturn when the time comes




Reliable

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L100 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

This car has been so reliable in the past 4 years that we have owned it. Everything works fine and I am comfortible in it. The only thing that I have run into is you have to watch the oil level between oil changes. The gas mileage on this car has been great. A 32 plus per gallon average on city and highway combined. I would recommend this car to anyone who would ask.




An all around good car

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L100 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

All around, the car is very good. As far as the interior goes, the only complaint that I have is the placement of my power window switches. I hate having to reach onto the other side of the shifter to lower my passenger-side windows. I love the traction control and ABS. ABS alone has saved me from about 5 accidents so far in 2 months. Only complaint is a lot of wind/road noise from the driver door seals.




Very happy

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L100 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I've had my Saturn for a year or so and had no real problems until now. My dashboard seems to be confused. It can't seem to make up its mind whether to stay on or off. A slight problem that is more annoying than anything else. It is a great car so far.



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Full 2002 Saturn L-Series Review

What's New for 2002

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.

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Talk About The 2002 L-Series

2002 Saturn L-Series Discussions See all Started By

pamguerra
pamguerra
09-11-2014
i have a 2002 saturn l series and we rebuilt the radiator because it had oil in it and know the car wont start but, their is no water in the iol, is it possible that the oil cooler broke...


saturnboy
saturnboy
04-26-2000
and Saturn's current L-Series 2.2l 4-cly engine....


afk_x
afk_x
12-19-2002
"I am concerned that with all the bad reliability rankings of the early L-Series, all the late model S-Series models with crudely molded interiors, the "different" styling of the ION, a...



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