2002 Saturn LW 300 3.0 V6
Reliable, sporty, eager. A noble choice
Have gone through 3 power steering pumps.
Upper pulley spindle disintegrated, threw belt (granted, that was at 250k).
Front end won't stay in alignment. Have had it done 7 or 8 times, and it won't stay put.
Catalytic converter clogged and strangled the engine's power, sent false EGR code and cost more money than needed.
Windshield/windshield wipers don't work well together; hard to see in bad weather. Even with a new windshield, no wipers seem to do their job. It's weird.
This Saturn has been fantastic. I bought it shiny and new in 2002, and it is still going after 262,000 miles. Now though, it is showing (and feeling) its age. Transmission is pretty much on its last legs, but I've babied it for the past year and it is still kicking. But back in its prime, it handled surprisingly well and its 3.0L V6 would blow the doors off of most who tried to race me. Not bad for a "soccer-mom-ish" station wagon.
Apart from the thrown belt when the pulley broke, it has never left me stranded. Always starts. One of the more reliable vehicles I've owned. When I got it, I immediately switched to Mobil 1 oil and the engine is running like it was the day I picked it up. It's a shame I can't run it hard like I used to, since the tranny just can't handle it anymore. Has great utility and it is decently comfortable, plus the stereo is really, really good (one of my favorite features).
All around, it is a great car. It has served me well and I hope it lasts another 100,000 miles (albeit, not likely). Good looks, great performance, and reliable. A great pick.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2012