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2004 Saturn L300

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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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?




Saturn oil leak

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

after only 43,000 miles the 2.2 4 cylinder engine has developed a major oil leak arounf the lower crankcase. I am very dissapointed in Saturn's reliability.




Grass is not always greener

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

We purchased two Saturn's at the same time. Ion 3 and L-300. No longer have the Ion, but have paid off L series and have decided to keep it. Car gives me just about every feature someone could desire. I feel it is one of the all time best values ever offered. The safety ratings are nothing to sneeze at either. Put a set of Voxx wheels and Michelin tires on and no one could believe what a true difference they made in overall appearance. Fuel economy at 24 mpg is totally in line. Have taken it from Fla. to NJ several times and comfort level was very sufficient. ( I am 215lbs.)Granted it isn't a Lexus or Caddy but, for what is is I feel there is no better out there.I will hold on to this car.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Saturn l

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

I have had a Saturn L for a couple of years. It has been a very reliable car. I have the 4-cylinder with manual transmission. It gets good gas milage and I have had no problems. I would have no problem with buying another. And, Saturn service has been quite good.




My 2003 l200

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

In my search for a slightly used car with low mileage (I didn't think I could afford a new mid-size car on a grad student's budget) I was thrilled to stumble upon the Saturn L200. I bought a demo car with only 9k miles. I got so much car for such a low price. I did have to get the horn repaired after a bad storm (at no cost to myself) and there was a recall on the ignition system. Other than those two incidences I have found my car to be very dependable. Even my discriminating boyfriend was impressed with all the L200's "smart" features and its low price.




What a car!!

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

I cannot say enough about the standard features on this car. It far surpasses the competitors in the same price bracket. Front and side airbags, auto headlamps... the list goes on. The drive is great for what I paid and the motor, although small, has a lot of brass with my aftermarket, high-flow air filter. The interior, to say the least, is great for a product of GM's designers and at just under 50,000 miles, the car looks and runs great- mostly thanks to dent-resistant doors and front quarters.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 31
  • highway
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