2003 Saturn L-Series Review | Edmunds.com

2003 Saturn L-Series

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 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 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 power plant with V6, wagon availability.

  • Cons

    Build quality not up to segment standards, some interior materials feel cheap.

  • What's New for 2003

    Saturn's L-Series sedan and wagon receive a significant exterior and interior freshening for 2003. Both front and rear fascias have been redesigned for a new look. Front-end restyling includes clear wraparound headlamps with chrome trim, optional foglamps with chrome bezels integrated into the new fascia, a larger grille with a new Saturn badge and a raised hood. The rear end sports new taillamps and a revised fascia with additional chrome trim. No more black rocker panels and lower fascias -- the whole car is now offered with body-color trim. The interior now features brushed nickel-finish trim plates, silver faceplates in the instrument cluster and European-style upholstery. Ride and handling has been improved by adjusting spring rates; optional 16-inch wheels and tires should help, too.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Great car but had electrical

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A)

Even though this car is know to have electrical problems the are pretty expensive to fix, its still a great car. I had to replace the ignition module right around 75-80,000 miles. Then around 120,000 miles the Body Control Module(BCM) went out. The gas gauge would read at empty and the temperature light would constantly be on. The car ran like that for over a year with us just keeping track of milage for gas getting around 350 miles per tank (its about a 12 gallon tank) after a little over a year the car started acting up more and then eventually had a mind of its own when it came to starting and multiple dash lights coming on but not reading on computer scans. BCM costs around $4-500.



3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Weak, at best...

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A)

I got it with 40k miles, and fought to 100k. Going with Saturn due to previous experience - seemed like a good idea. Ended up not. First year with it went ok. Regularly maintained with Saturn, then GM dealers. The following major issues occurred: BCM module failure, entire brake system failure (three times), water and fuel pump failure, and a front strut replacement. A belt broke once, but that was likely age. Sometimes it liked not to start - two new batteries in a year. The brake system completely burned out - requiring a new master cylinder, booster and rear drums. This appears to have been common. It is underpowered, rode loud, and turned like a boat. It was a poor man's Buick.




Engine failure

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A)

Engine failed (blown piston) 58 days after purchase from local dealer. No warranty, no nothing. They said about $2,500 to fix it. This doesn't seem possible with any car that's a 2003 with 68,000 miles...this just should not happen. Regular dealer maintenance has always been done, regular oil and filter changes, proper fuel -- very moderate driving... What's the manufacturer doing to help owners with these problems??




Just okay...

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A)

I bought the car used in 2008 with 48K miles on it. Since then I have only put a little over 12K on it, but there have been a few problems. The first week I had it the passenger side mirror fell and shattered just from closing the door. The biggest problem was my alternator dying last year, and costing me about $800 from the Cadillac dealership, since Saturn went out of business. There is also a spring in my brake assembly that constantly comes loose, causing screeching sounds until I take it apart and re-assemble it. The car also makes a creaking sound when I enter or exit the vehicle. Overall it's a comfortable car that gets great mpg, but the build quality just isn't all there.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I love my saturn l200

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A)

I have had my saturn for over 2 years i baught it used at 116K i have now 140K and all i have done is Roters and regulat maint. I get 38 MPG and that is with adding octane booster to every tank. i does not hurt the car. I have always had saturns and this is one of the most reliable ones i have had my SL2 i have had to replace the cluch at 2000 miles and the radiator and all kinds of other stuff i have not had to do with my L200 THIS Car has saved my ass form the SL2 too many times to count. ran a carfax on it and found NOTHING so this is a WONDERFUL car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I love my saturn!

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A)

i have owned my 2003 saturn brandnew from the dealer ever since we made it. =] i love it very much i have had no problems with it. owning it for 9 years it only has 70,ooo miles on it and it only has a few scratches on it and a few dings. i love it sooo much.



Full 2003 Saturn L-Series Review

What's New for 2003

Saturn's L-Series sedan and wagon receive a significant exterior and interior freshening for 2003. Both front and rear fascias have been redesigned for a new look. Front-end restyling includes clear wraparound headlamps with chrome trim, optional foglamps with chrome bezels integrated into the new fascia, a larger grille with a new Saturn badge and a raised hood. The rear end sports new taillamps and a revised fascia with additional chrome trim. No more black rocker panels and lower fascias -- the whole car is now offered with body-color trim. The interior now features brushed nickel-finish trim plates, silver faceplates in the instrument cluster and European-style upholstery. Ride and handling has been improved by adjusting spring rates; optional 16-inch wheels and tires should help, too.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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