2003 Saturn L200 Reviews

2003 Saturn L200 2.2L eco from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.2L eco Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles

Summary:

Great car, hands down!!!

Faults:

Fuel pump.

Lower assembly arm (I hit a curb).

Brakes.

General Comments:

Great car!!! I absolutely loved this car. Great MPG, comfort and low cost of ownership.

The only problem I had (that wasn't brought on by myself) was the fuel pump went up around 200k miles.

The only reason I got rid of this car was because I had too many. I know who has it now, and it still runs like a champ (225k miles). Too bad Saturn didn't make more. Great first car, commuter car or even small family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2014

2003 Saturn L200 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance124500 miles
Previous carDodge Intrepid

Summary:

Overall, I'm satisfied

Faults:

I am the second owner of the vehicle, and purchased it from a Saturn used car dealership, so anything before 60k was not of my concern.

Fuel injection system flush (due to vandalism) : $1300 (happened within 72 hours of car purchase, so the dealership covered the cost).

New suspension: $1100 at 118k.

New tires (4 tires on two occasions) : about $500 per set.

A/C unit stopped working at about 100k, haven't had it looked at yet.

Was hit while parked, damaging rear tail light and bumper: $1100 (the other driver covered the costs).

Brake lights on the rear windshield require maintenance because of a faulty design.

Emergency brake replacement: $300.

General Comments:

Overall, this car gets me from A to B.

I wish the circumstances under which I purchased it were difference, I basically needed a car in a hurry, but I could have done a lot worse.

It's about to hit 125k, and I put about 15k on it annually.

Not comfortable for taller passengers (over 5'10").

Roomy trunk and backseat for any transporting needs.

Easy to find car-seat buckles.

Ugliest upholstery I've ever seen.

Fun on fast curves.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2011

2003 Saturn L200 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance108104 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

It has been one of the best cars I have owned

Faults:

The fuel pump went out, but that has been all. I went to have brakes put on, and someone apparently worked on it before that, and put the wrong size drums on. Not the car's fault.

I do need two new tires, but that is because one is patched from picking up a bolt in the road, and one is because the rim is slightly bent from hitting a huge pot hole 2 years ago.

I had an alignment done, and encountered no unusual problems. The alignment was done like any other vehicle. I was not told I had to have any special equipment.

General Comments:

The car has got heart. It looks like a normal mid size car sort of a sleeper, but when you step on the gas, it surprises some of those around you. It is great when you have to get out of a tight spot in a hurry.

It is very comfortable to drive.

It handles very well.

The trunk space is super!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2010

2003 Saturn L200 2.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Faults:

Everything has gone wrong, can't keep good tires on the back from a factory defect.

Coolant sensor went out 3 times last year, and seats were worn after a week of having it.

General Comments:

First time owning a Saturn. Won't have another one ever; rides rough and very uncomfortable.

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

Review Date: 18th October, 2010

2003 Saturn L200 4 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance121000 miles
Previous carSaturn L100

Summary:

Questionable car?

Faults:

Fuel pump went and left me stranded in traffic at 121000.

Catalytic converter went at 95000.

Loss of radiator fluid on a regular basis at 85000.

AC/climate control went at 80000.

Excellent gas mileage (30-31 highway)

General Comments:

I have owned three Saturns, the first one (the first generation) was excellent.

The second one was okay -- but had brake problems early. This one has had a number of problems.

Questionable about whether I would purchase another one.

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

Review Date: 3rd September, 2010

2003 Saturn L200 L 2.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Not stylish, uncomfortable, get what you pay for car

Faults:

Fuel pump at 28000.

Paint job is terrible.

Seats wore terrible.

General Comments:

My wife bought this car, and uses it to go back and forth to work, which is short 8 mile easy route. In that time, the car wore like it was going thru a battle field. The paint faded and the seats wore within a few years, and the overall ride progressively got uncomfortable.

Needless to say, we take my car most places.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2010

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 22 reviews