I bought my 2000 Saturn L sedan just before Thanksgiving 1999. It was brand new from the dealer .
The car had 7 miles on the odometer, and ran perfectly.
It still runs exactly perfectly today, with 168,000 miles.
It has been probably the most trouble free car I have ever owned.
The only repair has been a new power steering pump at 40,000 miles, and the Saturn dealer went havers with me on the bill.
Other than that one repair, only routine maintenance has been necessary.
My wife won't let me sell the car !
If you can buy any other vehicle, buy it; don't buy an L-Series Saturn!
written on 12-31-2010
My wife bought this car as a low-mile 1-owner back in 2002. I realize that (nearly) 9 years of wear and tear can be hard on a vehicle, but considering the luck we've had with the powertrain in the past 3 years, I'm wondering if my wife ran over several black cats in succession after hitting a truck filled with mirrors...
To put it bluntly, I'm ecstatic that GM shuttered the Saturn Division. Don't get me wrong, the cars are great *until* things start to fail on them; couple that with an inordinate number of "special" parts that need "special" dealer-only tools to do a basic R/R, and dealers that are as pleasant to deal with as an organized crime syndicate...it was a recipe for failure.
This car is amazing. I bought this car in April 2003 with just over 40,000 on it for $12,500. It was worth every penny. It has has been in a wreck when some lady pulled out in front of me and slammed on her breaks, and I smashed the front of the car and did $2500 in damage. I replaced the shocks but that was my fault because I would hill hop. The AC went out in it in the summer and the heater broke in the winter, and the speakers blew, but other than that I haven't had any problems with the car and I'm currently over 206,000 miles on it. It runs as great now as it did the day I bought it even though I once went 8,000 miles between oil changes..
I recentally sold my 98 Camaro for somthing a bit larger, So I bought the Saturn Ls2, Everybody asks me "why did you buy a saturn?" I love the car I hear awfull things about Saturns but, it's really a good car. With the 3.0 it really gets up and goes! The Leather seats are VERY comfortable, But the Build quality lacks quite abit. I think it all depends on how you treat the car, it's taken me everywhere & I just passed 160,000!
This is my second Saturn. I have experienced many of the problems listed in these reviews. Brake lights and third rear window light both failed twice due to electrical problems. Overhead lights are unreliable. I've replaced the driver side visor twice because the entire unit broke at the hinge, coolant leaks, drive window off track with 1/8" gap when rolled up, OEM CD player doesn't work right in cold weather (music sounds warped). I sense a problem with the transmission just beginning, so I've decided to trade it in while I can still get something for the car. Goodbye Saturn, hello Subaru.