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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

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Not so bad

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M)

Bought car new off the lot. Have owned car now for 6 years, now at 81000 miles. Read other reviews, surprised to hear about the problems with brakes and fuel pump. My only problems was with the a/c knob, could have had it fixed under warranty, but let it go (my fault)cost $800 to repair. Currently dealing with major oil leak, told it would cost $1100 to repair. Now I'm seriously considering buying a new car. This car has been extremely reliable for me and I'm sad to even consider letting it go!




Great first car

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car a few months after graduating college. I've luckily had no mechanical issues in almost 7 years. I've had a dead battery once, but it was 5-6 years old. I've also only had to put one set of tires on the car. I do have the upgraded wheels/rims that came with the sport package and have had trouble with one tire slowly leaking air for several years. All in all, I've been very happy with the car but will probably be getting rid of mine soon. It handled the transition from single to married to family of four just fine, but we had to get a mini-van when we found out child #3 is on the way. My parents have a 2002 L200, and the improvements to the bodystyle and car are great.




Problems? not a one.

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M)

We are the second owners of this vehicle. I'm about to hit 200,000 miles and the only thing I've had to replace is oil, alternator and a battery. It still runs like a champ too. Not going to go up against a Dodge Viper or anything, but it's not afraid to move. Never thought I'd say this about my baby blue saturn, but I love this car.




I wish i would have

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M)

I have had nothing but trouble with this car!! The first year three springs broke. My mechanic told me Saturn is aware of this problem and hasn't recalled for it. Cost $1600. Computer went out and cost me $600. Had to replace all of the brake system, except lines. Had transmition flushed and still slips going into first. And now it's leaking radiator fluid from somewhere. I've always heard good things about Saturn's so I bought one, and i've been regretting it every since!!!




So far, so good

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M)

I had an electrical issue with my Saturn that occurred around 15,000 miles, but it wasn't too expensive to have fixed. It needs to have the power steering fluid filled every so often, or there is an odd grinding sound (although it's not grinding).




Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn L-Series L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M)

I'm 5'2". The driver's seat is great. Can adjust the wheel and the seat to fit me. Haven't had problems but then again I take it in for oil changes and checking according to their warranty. Don't drive a lot but have always loved Saturns. This one is much different. Saturn no longer has the dent free doors that are on this one. Millage isn't what I would like but considering where I drive it is acceptable. Love this car!



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.

Talk About The 2003 L-Series

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 29
  • highway
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