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2001 Saturn S-Series

Saturn S-Series Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 124 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/34 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2001 Saturn S-Series

  • Few cars on the market go a decade without a major redesign -- for a reason.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Dealer sales and service experience, composite dent- and rust-resistant body panels.

  • Cons

    Poor seating position and comfort, flimsy interior materials, weak standard equipment list.

  • What's New for 2001

    The S-Series sees no change from last year, save for optional head curtain airbags.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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A great little commuter car

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

Bought this car 18 months ago with only 44K miles on the odometer. For a daily driver to get me to/from work, it's hard to beat an S-series Saturn. Even in the middle of winter, with snow tires installed, in stop-and-go driving, it still returns 26 MPG. In the summer, closer to 30-31 in the city. Cars are durable, reliable, and cheap/easy to maintain. Only put a muffler on it and replaced one engine sensor since buying it. I'd buy these cars forever if I could.




Transmission

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

I just read a review on high idle and transmission problems mine high idles and has trouble shifting auto to.. then my gear went out one by one and my uncle went and checked it out it had to do with the compouter signals I couldn't have saturn do it b/c same reason to much money and warranty up but thats weird the same thing happened to mine.. I'm calling saturn now..




Open road bargain

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

Original SL2 4-door owner. Odom 175,000 mi. Mostly interstate commu- ting /2 jobs. No car paym since 2004. On 3rd battery & tires. Clean oil always. Timing belt, 02 sensor,brakes (once), muffler, starter. So what? Driving basically for $zero. 5 speed manual/problem free. Will install re- manufactured 1.9DOHC to reach 300K mi. Saturn of USA, I miss you already.




Don't buy this car!!!!!

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car two years ago and have had nothing but problems. First to go was the water pump, five months later i had to replace the engine as well as $800 worth of other repairs. got the 12k miles, 12 month warranty on engine and 9k miles and 9 months later, gas intake gasket went out. saturn wouldn't honor the warranty and finally agreed to pay half which still left me putting another $270 into it. Now, one month later they tell me my transmission is leaking and i need a new one. i am getting another car before i have to put any more into this worthless car. I hate it!!!




Transmission problems

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

There are numerous complaints of transmission problems in Saturn vehicles but GM has not done anything so far. Just after the warranty expired my SL2 with only 25K on it started having trans issues. First it started shifting hard. Then the 4th gear gave out - the engine would rev up when it tried to shift up to the 4th. The dealer said nothing can be done, just replace transmission for $2500. I did that. Within a few months it started jerking violently whenever the gear shifted. This is a very poor quality product. I traded this in for an Outlook SE and I am having transmission problems with that as well. Will never buy a Saturn or any GM product ever.



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Excellent quality for the price

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

I have owned my Satty for two years now and it has always been there for me. The car has enough get up and go for the city, stop and go traffic, and flat areas. I don't understand why people would buy an S-series in the mountains when you know you need more performance than a 1.9L car, get a V6 or something and cough up some more money! I am bewildered why anyone would bash such a reliable and decent car for its performance when it clearly is a econobox not meant to climb up and down mountains. For the commuter, this car is awesome, but for the people who "want to be cool" or go offroading, please stop hurting Saturn's feelings!



Full 2001 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 2001

The S-Series sees no change from last year, save for optional head curtain airbags.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 34
  • highway
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