2004 Saturn L300 Review | Edmunds.com

2004 Saturn L300

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Saturn L300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/31 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Saturn L300

  • The L300 sedan and wagon cost less than comparably equipped import competitors, but the below-average build and materials quality will remind you of that fact every time you get in.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Extremely competitive pricing for this segment, customer-focused dealers, strong V6, wagon availability.

  • Cons

    Build quality not up to segment standards, low-grade interior materials, less power than the competition, soft handling around corners, not much storage space.

  • What's New for 2004

    All L-Series sedans and wagons have been renamed "L300" this year, but both the 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine and the 3.0-liter V6 are still available. The four-cylinder motor gets a five-horsepower increase this year for a total of 140. A five-speed manual transmission is no longer available with this engine. All L300s now include such standard equipment as head curtain airbags, ABS, heated mirrors, a six-speaker CD stereo and a tilt steering wheel. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass is optional, and Saturn is giving those who purchase a loaded sedan or wagon the option of getting a DVD entertainment system or OnStar telematics at no extra cost.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 31
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A nice, affordable wagon

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn L300 1 4dr Station Wagon (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

I've been driving this car for 4 years, and I love it. It feels great on the road, and was very affordable. Even though I have the 4-cylinder baseline version, I've used this thing for hauling a good amount of stuff, including people that shouldn't have been riding in the back. I do have a few issues with the car, though. The interior materials are a bit cheap. As a result, the seats are a bit uncomfortable and it isn't all that durable. The second issue I have is a big one, writing this review in 2014: repairs are getting to be very expensive for this car. The L-series didn't exactly sell gangbusters, which means parts are getting increasingly hard to find.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Feels like i'm driving a

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn L300 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)

We bought this car at 100,000 miles for $3200. We've put 27k mi on since. We thought we got a great deal until it began to fall apart. We first replaced the tires, the keyless entry remote was broken, we had to replace the battery, and the cd player and radio buttons are broken. Then the car died coming off an exit bc the fuel pump went out and was $600 to replace. Next the A/C stopped working, then the rear brakes went out, then they went out again 4 months later because a caliper locked up. Just recently the dash and headlights started to flicker which we are told is the alternator. Then the engine light came on yesterday and the code said it's the O2 detector. What next?



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The l300 is a great

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn L300 3 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

We are now finding out that saturns were built how cars were supposed to be built. Rust proof and durable. I this this model is better than the Aura style. We need saturn Back. them Cheesy commercials were funny but didn't represent the quility of theses cars 20 years later we are finding out that they were better than the rest.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Excellent car, very sporty

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn L300 3 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this car two years ago. Absolutely the best car I have owned. My wife drove it until about 6 months ago. We bought her a 2009 Saturn Vue. So I chose to keep this L300. Very fun to drive, lots of power and still 26 MPG average. I drive it every day and thoroughly enjoy it. Quick note: Going home one evening at around 60 MPH, a deer runs out and hits the side of my L300. I got stopped to see what the damage was, and there was none. One small scratch where the hoof hit. I had no idea this car had composite panels on the doors. Why don't all vehicles have this. Can't say enough good to describe this car.




Our cherry berry saturn

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn L300 2 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

We purchased our Saturn August of 2003. I wanted the 4 cylinder to get the Drive chain. The drive belts break,deteriorate too often. I get 22 mpg city & 30 highway, using cruise control. We have 58000 miles on it now. it has had one brake job. Other than that no repairs. It is our second Saturn, the first was a 2000 SL2. We sold it ourselves in 2003 no problems with it either. First looker bought it. Well, I digress. We have been completely satisfied with this car. too bad they stopped building them. Incidentally my daughter-in-law had a 1999 Sl-1 one of the first she drove it for nine years and my son drove it to work for two.



1 of 3 people found this review helpful

This car exemplifies why gm

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn L300 3 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)

This is honestly the worst car I've owned since my 86 Chevy Celebrity. Every time I get into the, I'm in a foul mood because of the harsh ride, vague and indirect steering, poor seat support and comfort, high levels of wind and road noise etc etc etc. I have read other reviews on Edmunds of this car, and I'm shocked, and wonder if people are writing about the same car! It gets poor fuel economy, shifts abruptly, has poor suspension dampening, has an interior that looks like it was designed by Play Skool. Panels are broken and worn out, trim has rough, undesirable textures and the fabric is faded from black to grey. It comes down to the fact that this is the worst car I've ever owned.



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Full 2004 Saturn L300 Review

What's New for 2004

All L-Series sedans and wagons have been renamed "L300" this year, but both the 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine and the 3.0-liter V6 are still available. The four-cylinder motor gets a five-horsepower increase this year for a total of 140. A five-speed manual transmission is no longer available with this engine. All L300s now include such standard equipment as head curtain airbags, ABS, heated mirrors, a six-speaker CD stereo and a tilt steering wheel. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass is optional, and Saturn is giving those who purchase a loaded sedan or wagon the option of getting a DVD entertainment system or OnStar telematics at no extra cost.

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Talk About The 2004 L300

2004 Saturn L300 Discussions See all Started By

michaellno
michaellno
11-05-2003
As promised, here is my review of the 2004 Saturn VUE AWD V6. I was able to drive one about 50+ miles while my other Saturn (a 2003 L300) was in for service....


uga91
uga91
09-30-2003
Saturn has done for 2004? They are all called L300 and all come standard with automatic, air, ABS, traction and side airbags. The 4 cyl models start under $17k with all of these goodies--looks like a...


jarheadwarren
jarheadwarren
01-21-2008
nicer(Sportier) and traded it in for a 2004 L300. I really wish everyone the best of luck with their Vues. I had ours up on the mountains climbing rocks and putting the all wheel drive to the test....



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