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2002 Saturn L-Series Sedan

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Saturn L-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 135 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

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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Customer Reviews

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Low quality, low price

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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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Frustrating!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this new because of the 0% financing deal and at the time Saturn Service had a good reputation. The car now has 120,000 miles on it and I have replaced the computer in the car twice, A/C had to be recharged for the last 3 summers, gas tank cracked and had to be replaced, clutch went out, loud rumble in the back, dash bulb lights, etc. I would NOT recommend this car to anyone and would not recommend Saturn at all. The service department used to be wonderful - now the service is TERRIBLE.




Saturn l200 2002 5m

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Car ran great for the 30,000 miles I put on it. Just recently however the timing chain jumped, common with these l-models, and the valves/pistons/connecting rods were compromised. Engine will need to be replaced estimated at $2,400, through a friend of the family, while the car is only blue booked at $2,600. My brother has the same car, one year older, so I will keep the car for parts for him. He has also seen $2,500 in repairs for his vehicle. It seems like this vehicle is great up to 90K.




Best car ever

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I have had this car for about a year ... My mom had it before me. I am 16 yrs old so as any 16 yr old I am rough with my car. I drove over 7500 miles in one summer not a single problem. I get from 25 to 45+mpg. So I would recommend this vehicle for anyone!




Good until 100k mi

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I've had my Saturn for nearly 5 yrs now and I was initially very pleased with it. Once it hit 100k,it started going downhill. I've had to replace the windshield wiper motor 4 times in 4 years. The rear tires seem to wear out easily; I can't keep track of how many times I've replaced them. I put a new master cylinder 2 wks ago and my brakes are still giving me trouble even with new pads and rotors. The drive belt has been replaced twice. The front center console lid broke off and the Saturn emblems on the exterior of the vehicle never stay put. The a/c compressor is loud and there is a clicking noise when I turn the heat on.I am in the process of letting it go!




It's ok but costly

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I got my Saturn for my 20th birthday. My mom took it to the dealership and paid to have them check it out. Everything was fine. Two months later on my way to work I heard a pop. The alternator belt popped of. These things happen. But now it is a year later and I have had to replace the pannel for the a/c to work and then a pump, totaling 1,300 then I went and had the 60,000 mile service done and they said everything is OK. Now 3 weeks later I am having problems with the fuel tank. I also had a Saturn before this one and every payday it would break down. I hate Saturns.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
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  • 30
  • highway
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