by k_maxwell712 on Dec 6, 2012 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.
by fsu1 on Aug 23, 2012 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.
by nosaturn on Jul 31, 2012 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??
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.