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2002 Saturn L100 DOHC L4 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission DOHC L4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carSaturn LS

Summary:

An affordable everyday sedan with good gas mileage

Faults:

After 100,000 miles the car squeaks when I apply the brakes, but not when I slow down gradually. I had a dealer check it out, and the brakes have plenty of wear left; they just squeak.

The computer chip quit at 90,000 miles, with a replacement cost of $600.00.

The battery quit at 100,000 miles.

The comfort level is average, but it does have headroom for taller drivers.

General Comments:

This is a roomy and affordable car for everyday driving with good gas mileage for its size -- I average about 25MPG.

The DOHC L4 engine has some better-than-expected power to it.

When I purchased the car new, its price was about $4,000 less than its competitors with similar features. I certainly haven't lost any money on this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2008

2002 Saturn L100 2.2 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance111500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Uncertain

Faults:

Recall on rear tail light assembly done under warranty.

Stabilizer bars replaced at 30000 miles under warranty.

Just had PCM module replaced $850.00.

Just had Fuel pump replaced $870.00.

General Comments:

I purchased this in Nov. 03 as a GM Executive car, so I was the first real owner of it. I must say that up until now I've had very good luck with it and its reliability. However shelling out almost 2 grand in 2 weeks for repairs may have soured me on the brand, or am I being overly upset, due to the fact that ironically have had 2 major repairs in 2 weeks?

With the high mileage I have now, should I expect these things to go and continue to anticipate major repairs in the near future??

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

2001 Saturn L100 2.2 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

If you like paying the dealer too much to service your car, this is the one for you

Faults:

I had to take it in @ 20,000 miles to have a leaking steering rack replaced.

Not long after that, my ignition key would not turn. The car was just out of warranty, so I called a locksmith to come and see if they could fix it. The locksmith had no luck, he suggested I take it in to the dealer. I ended up replacing the whole unit.

The factory tires barely lasted past 25,000 miles.

I had to replace the stabilizer links not long after that.

The window crank knobs fell off, the windows rattle.

My recent problem, is that I have a heater leak. I have antifreeze on my passenger floor area. I looked into the problem, I discovered it is the o-ring seal on the tubes that go to the heater core. I checked at my local Saturn dealer for the parts I needed to do the repair. I was told in order to get the o-rings, I needed I had to buy the whole heater core. I personally think that is crazy. Why spend $211.00 when all I need are the o-rings supplied in the kit? My car currently only has 46,000 miles, which is very low miles for a car 6 years old.

General Comments:

I really like the styling, and performance of this car.

The car drives great, I like the fast pick up it has. I get good gas mileage with it. I just wish that Saturn made their cars with a little more attention to the small details.

The car is currently for sale. I do not agree with Saturn policy forcing you to buy parts in a group, instead of the individual part you need.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2007

16th May 2010, 08:34

Granted, Saturn should sell, or give, you an O-ring for it without having to buy the whole heater core. But, ya know there are part stores, just for this reason, that have little packages of all size o-rings that will only cost you about 5 bucks.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews