Used 2003 Saturn L-Series

2003 Saturn L-Series
List Price Estimate
$1,322 - $3,069

Pros & Cons

  • Extremely competitive pricing for this segment, customer-focused dealers, strong power plant with V6, wagon availability.
  • Build quality not up to segment standards, some interior materials feel cheap.
Saturn L-Series years
2003
Saturn L-Series for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

It costs thousands less than comparably equipped Accords and Camrys -- and it looks, drives and feels like it.

2003 Highlights

Saturn's L-Series sedan and wagon receive a significant exterior and interior freshening for 2003. Both front and rear fascias have been redesigned for a new look. Front-end restyling includes clear wraparound headlamps with chrome trim, optional foglamps with chrome bezels integrated into the new fascia, a larger grille with a new Saturn badge and a raised hood. The rear end sports new taillamps and a revised fascia with additional chrome trim. No more black rocker panels and lower fascias -- the whole car is now offered with body-color trim. The interior now features brushed nickel-finish trim plates, silver faceplates in the instrument cluster and European-style upholstery. Ride and handling has been improved by adjusting spring rates; optional 16-inch wheels and tires should help, too.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2003 Saturn L-Series.

5 star reviews: 55%
4 star reviews: 25%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 9%
1 star reviews: 2%
Average user rating: 4.2 stars based on 182 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • appearance
  • handling & steering
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • engine
  • spaciousness
  • driving experience
  • safety
  • acceleration
  • ride quality
  • maintenance & parts
  • fuel efficiency
  • value
  • interior
  • climate control
  • lights
  • transmission
  • road noise
  • seats
  • brakes
  • warranty
  • doors
  • wheels & tires
  • sound system
  • visibility
  • electrical system
  • towing
  • dashboard
  • steering wheel
  • technology
  • oil
  • infotainment system
  • off-roading

Most helpful consumer reviews

4.375 out of 5 stars, Good vehicle for class/category
tclefton,

I purchased my 2003 Saturn in October of 2007. It had 65k miles on it. It now has 120k on it and I've only had to replace the fuel pump. It is a little noisy and rough riding at higher speeds, but most cars are in this class/category/price range. I get about 26mpg city/hwy combined. Everything still works on it fine, and everything is still in it's proper place. Everyone gets a lemon now and then no matter what make of vehicle you buy... I'm glad I'm not one of them with my Saturn purchase. I will keep this car till it dies.

3.875 out of 5 stars, Great Car but had electrical problems
k_maxwell712,

Even though this car is know to have electrical problems the are pretty expensive to fix, its still a great car. I had to replace the ignition module right around 75-80,000 miles. Then around 120,000 miles the Body Control Module(BCM) went out. The gas gauge would read at empty and the temperature light would constantly be on. The car ran like that for over a year with us just keeping track of milage for gas getting around 350 miles per tank (its about a 12 gallon tank) after a little over a year the car started acting up more and then eventually had a mind of its own when it came to starting and multiple dash lights coming on but not reading on computer scans. BCM costs around $4-500.

4.375 out of 5 stars, Problems? Not a one.
Paul,

We are the second owners of this vehicle. I'm about to hit 200,000 miles and the only thing I've had to replace is oil, alternator and a battery. It still runs like a champ too. Not going to go up against a Dodge Viper or anything, but it's not afraid to move. Never thought I'd say this about my baby blue saturn, but I love this car.

4.75 out of 5 stars, I LOVE MY SATURN L200
ilovemysatur,

I have had my saturn for over 2 years i baught it used at 116K i have now 140K and all i have done is Roters and regulat maint. I get 38 MPG and that is with adding octane booster to every tank. i does not hurt the car. I have always had saturns and this is one of the most reliable ones i have had my SL2 i have had to replace the cluch at 2000 miles and the radiator and all kinds of other stuff i have not had to do with my L200 THIS Car has saved my ass form the SL2 too many times to count. ran a carfax on it and found NOTHING so this is a WONDERFUL car.

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Features & Specs

LW300 4dr Station Wagon features & specs
LW300 4dr Station Wagon
3.0L 6cyl 4A
MPG 18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
182 hp @ 5600 rpm

LW200 4dr Station Wagon features & specs
LW200 4dr Station Wagon
2.2 L 4cyl 4A
MPG 21 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
135 hp @ 5200 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Poor
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Poor
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Acceptable

FAQ

Is the Saturn L-Series a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2003 L-Series both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Saturn L-Series fuel economy, so it's important to know that the L-Series gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the L-Series has 33.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Saturn L-Series. Learn more

Is the Saturn L-Series reliable?

To determine whether the Saturn L-Series is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the L-Series. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the L-Series's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2003 Saturn L-Series a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2003 Saturn L-Series is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2003 L-Series is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2003 Saturn L-Series?

The least-expensive 2003 Saturn L-Series is the 2003 Saturn L-Series LW200 4dr Station Wagon (2.2 L 4cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,335.

Other versions include:

  • LW300 4dr Station Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $22,685
  • LW200 4dr Station Wagon (2.2 L 4cyl 4A) which starts at $20,335
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What are the different models of Saturn L-Series?

If you're interested in the Saturn L-Series, the next question is, which L-Series model is right for you? L-Series variants include LW300 4dr Station Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), and LW200 4dr Station Wagon (2.2 L 4cyl 4A). For a full list of L-Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2003 Saturn L-Series

Used 2003 Saturn L-Series Overview

The Used 2003 Saturn L-Series is offered in the following submodels: L-Series Sedan, L-Series Wagon. Available styles include L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 4A), L300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A), L200 4dr Sedan (2.2 L 4cyl 5M), LW300 4dr Station Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A), and LW200 4dr Station Wagon (2.2 L 4cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2003 Saturn L-Series?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2003 Saturn L-Series and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2003 L-Series 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2003 L-Series.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2003 Saturn L-Series and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2003 L-Series featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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