3rd Saturn.....worse thing we did was
get the L series.
Glad they wont be making them
anymore...Headlights and dashlights
dim to the point where people think
you are signaling for them to do
somethingREAL safe on the highway
with the big boys-NOT!
The car was taken in to the service
dept and we were told that it was
INTERMITTENT DIMMING (FLICKERING) OF
HEADLAMPS AND/OR INSTRUMENT PANEL
LIGHTING-NORMAL CHARACTERISTIC. THIS
MAY OCCUR BECAUSE OF TRANSIENT CURRENT
LOADS ON THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM DURING
NORMAL VEHICLE OPERATION per the TSB
(technical service bulletin). 4cyl in
the L series is weak compared to the
SL2. bigger car same eng size
I have an 03 L200. I have had it in the
shop every week for 3 months. Have had
fixed everything from computers to
engine cradle. and at the present
moment it is in the shop for fuel pump
that has gone bad. Had the Horn
replaced 5 times. All Saturn would do
is repair the items at there cost due
to mileage in the first year. 30K +
Has a nice look on the outside but the
inside for long trips is not
I would suggest to saturn( which i
have) to install a wind screen under
the front end like most other models
have. Durning snow or heavy rain I have
lost my horn due to moisture.
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.
Transmission downshifts quickly, corners will little body roll and has decent throttle response. Those are literally the only three things I like about it.
Get a Mazda6, Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, then change all the badges to "Saturn." There is no other way you could improve this rolling disaster of a vehicle.
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?
I do think the exterior of the car is attractive.
It's driven mostly by my husband and I think it has a masculine design for being a sedan.
The interior feels pretty spacious as well.
I do like that the power window controls are next to the gear shift so they're accessible to the driver and passenger.
Car feels very heavy when trying to accelerate or brake - have to keep space in mind for plenty of time to brake even with new brakes.
The windshield wipers go from wiping once every 10 seconds or so at the lowest level to the next level being a fast, constant wipe.
If it's raining lightly you either can't see or the wipers squeak on the windshield.
Sice I bought my vehicle in Oct 2003,
it has been in the shop for repairs
almost every month, sometimes multiple
times in a month, since I got it.
Saturn has been trying to fix it, but
once they fix one thing, something else
comes up wrong with it. I would not
recommend this model vehicle from
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