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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 34
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Enjoyed it!

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

This was my first car with 96,000 miles on it when I bought it for $3,000. I had for over three years without a single problem. Driving around New England was fun to do, but it would always cost me $50 or so to fuel up.




The best car if you're

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

My first car- got my 2001 Saturn when I turned 16. A hand-me-down, almost 8 yrs old w/ 130k at the time. The car is not fast, a little loud & is incredibly basic- BUT my family has gone through many cars over the years and this one is still kicking with over 180k & very minimal needed work (sister drives it now). I have only needed it fixed 2 or 3 times, ever (aside from regular maintenance). I had it until 2012 & my friends used to joke about how I had the same crappy old saturn from high school. Nothing crappy about having an old car that runs awesome, has awesome fuel economy & still looks decent! Awesome car- don't pass it up if you're looking for a reliable, efficient car!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best car i have ever

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this car for 800 dollars about five years ago and the only thing that has gone out is the alternator. i dont keep up with maintenance i hate to admit but it keeps on chugging along. i have had dodges before this but they never lasted as long as this thing. my girlfriend has a maxima and it has a problem a week ,. so this car by far is more reliable than most. and the fact that i see them everywhere in town more often than other old cars should really tell you something




Don't want to sell it

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

I am only selling my car because I need a large vehicle for work and it is not economical to keep both. Bought it at 140Km, drove it for 5 years until 250Km, in that time it needed: Flex pipe, starter, washer fluid pump, and PCV valve. Pretty good! Everything still works, was quite abused when I took it, still driving well. Probably needs brakes and tire rod ends. Not exactly a thrilling ride, but VERY economical (beats most sedan's MPG) and easy to drive. Also burned oil since day one, but no problems!



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good little car

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

Bought this car used in 2008 with 105k miles after my 94 SL2 finally died at 204k. 3 years later, it now has 168k miles and is still running strong. The only issues I've had other than routine maintenance is a bad oxygen sensor that made my car run rough ($70 fix), a passenger power window went out ($100 fix), and an A/C leak ($125 fix). Other than that, it runs like the day I bought it. Exterior still looks new with no scratches or dings thanks to those dent resistant panels and I take very good care of the interior so it still looks good as well. I see a lot of people bashing Saturn on here, but I have owned two Saturns and they both served me well.




A decent kind of car

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Vehicle: 2001 Saturn S-Series SL1 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 4A)

I bought the car back in February 2007 for my wife with 95,849 miles on the odometer. We drove it to Florida 6 months later and spent 100 dollars roundtrip on fuel. The only problems we had with it were a bad ignition coil, a/c compressor quit working, water leak(ending up replacing the radiator, water pump and thermostat). Otherwise, it's a decent kind of car but I rarely drive it because it's too small for me but perfect for my 5'3" wife. I have no complaints about it. We currently have over 160,000 miles on the car and still going strong.



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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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Talk About The 2001 S-Series

2001 Saturn S-Series Discussions See all Started By

saturnboy
saturnboy
02-16-2000
I have driven the 2000 Saturn SC2, it is just like the 99 model , except it has a restyled exterior, as well as a more user friendly interior. Also, more standard features, theft deterrent, bigger ti?...


imaddikt
imaddikt
01-20-2003
And for those of you who believe that the S-series was a mistake--it is you who is/are sadly mistaken. We maintained a high ranking with only that car in production until 2001. If it was such a terr...


saturnfreak01
saturnfreak01
12-04-2002
I currently drive a 2001 S Series and can't wait to get rid of it in favor of a larger car or suv.. Unfortunatly it is leased but I am paying more each month so that by march/april it will be paid co?...



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