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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 2002 Saturn S-Series

  • Few cars on the market go 11 years without a major redesign -- the S-Series shows us why.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Advanced airbag system, dealer sales and service experience, composite dent- and rust-resistant body panels.

  • Cons

    Poor seating position and comfort, flimsy interior materials, questionable build quality.

  • What's New for 2002

    New aluminum 15-inch wheels and four new exterior colors are the only notable changes for 2002.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (41 total reviews)


Surprised

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

Probably the most reliable car ive ever had the pleasure of owning. Good on gas and great for all the road trips i take. If they still made these cars, i'd buy another.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great small car

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

This is the ultimate second car to own. It looks innocent, pedestrian. The interior is satisfying but not a luxury experience. The seats are supporting but not completely comfortable. But, underneath this boring appearance is a great ride. The steering is weighted perfect--just point and steer. The engine groans when pushed, but is surprisingly quick. And the 5-speed is smooth and a joy to use. Add to that a very reliable engine, rust proof exterior and 35 to 40 MPG, and you get a car that makes the drive to work quick, reliable and cheap. It isn't a Honda, it isn't a Porsche and it isn't a Buick. It's a Saturn. And for the money, you can't buy this much fun from any of those brands.




Great used car!!!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

This is my 3rd Saturn, bought used with 92k miles in January, just turned 100k miles. These cars, if/when something goes wrong, are VERY easy to work on. My 18 yr old son just bought a 2002 Saturn SL2 as well. I previously had a 96 SL1 and a 92 SC2. He was working on them at 14/15 yrs old. Had higher idle issue, cleaned egr replaced egr gasket, went from 30-32mpg to 36mpg!! Be aware though, even if it doesn't leak oil, they will BURN it!!



1 of 8 people found this review helpful

Don't even think about buying

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

This is my first car, i bought it at 73,000k miles. After driving it 1500 miles the engine started to make a rattling noise so I took it to my dad's mechanic and he tells me the engine needs to be replace COMPLETELY. He asked me why I bought a Saturn, these are very unreliable cars and i would never EVER buy one again in my life. I went to see my car dealer and he also told me that the car needed a new engine, the SAME GUY WHO SOLD ME THE CAR ! ! My guarantee is over so my only choice is to sue him. If you are searching for a new car and you are 18-25 years old and you know nothing about cars THIS CAR IS A NO NO! NEVER EVEN CONSIDER IT, THIS IS A DISPOSABLE CAR ! !




Great little car

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

I have had my SL2 for about 6 months now. Have put about 7k miles on it. Just last night, check engine came on, it is an O2 sensor. Other than that, it is a very smooth, comfortable car. I would drive this car anywhere. It has the 1.9 twin cam, 5 speed. I love the CD player in it, it sounds great. Will not switch it. It is at 73k miles now. Shifts smooth. Was hard to get used to, the shifting is different. Have a bit of an oil leak problem, idk if it is exactly leaking, but I am losing oil. The shop will be looking at it when they change the O2 sensor. I get about 40 mpg. 124 hp in a small engine like that? I love it. It has get up and go, gets on the highway great. Buy one.




Great car

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Vehicle: 2002 Saturn S-Series SL2 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl 5M)

We bought our 2002 SL2 a little over 2 years ago it had 60,000 when we purchased it and now its at 124,000 and aside from the 3000 oil changes we have not had to replace anything except for new brake pads and a new set of tires. It has been such a reliable car I think I am going to buy another one. Just do the regular maintenance on it and it will do you good. Like I said maintain it I can't stress that enough.



Full 2002 Saturn S-Series Review

What's New for 2002

New aluminum 15-inch wheels and four new exterior colors are the only notable changes for 2002.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
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  • 34
  • highway
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