2003 Saturn L200 Reviews - Page 5 of 6

2003 Saturn L200 2.2L, 4-cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2L, 4-cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles

Summary:

This is a car for everyone

Faults:

The fuel pump went bad at 52,000.

General Comments:

The front and rear seats are comfortable with plenty of head and leg room.

The car accelerates and handles very nicely.

Interior design is good looking and high quality construction.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2007

2003 Saturn L200 dunno from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission dunno Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carSaturn LS

Summary:

My car is blue

Faults:

The CD player died, but was replaced under warranty, other than that nothing other than normal wear and tear and damage from other drivers hitting it several times!!!

General Comments:

This is a really reliable car. its my 3rd Saturn.

I never worry about getting where I'm going!

However I wish I would have gotten the v6 model, because it's a little slow.I'm comfortable driving it, but I'm short so a tall person might find it a bit cramped. another cool thing or not cool depending on how you look at it is it has a 16 gallon tank so you can go longer without filling up, but at $60 a tank well gas is expensive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2007

2003 Saturn L200 2.4 Four cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 Four cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40 miles
Most recent distance36085 miles
Previous carBuick Rendezvous

Summary:

Nice daily driver

Faults:

Power steering fluid reservoir hose clamp not installed, hose came loose and fluid leaked out 2 months after purchase.

Front brakes and rotors needed replacing at 27,000 miles.

Replaced rack and pinion at 32,000 miles.

Catalytic converter replaced at 30,085 miles.

General Comments:

All in all this is a pretty nice car for the money. I've had a few problems, but they have all been covered under warranty except for the brakes.

I was impressed with Saturn Corporation when I sent them an email showing my displeasure of having to replace the brakes and rotors at 27,000, they responded back to me and agreed to pay for a 30,000 mile service that was soon to be due (an over $300.00 service)

Gas mileage is not as good as I thought it would be, I average around 20 mpg (Hwy/City driving) My wife's big V6 Chevy Impala averages 23 mpg (city/hwy) and is a lot more comfortable and powerful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2006

2003 Saturn L200 2.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance64480 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

Too bad Saturn stopped making the L200, could've had a customer for life

Faults:

No problems with my Saturn L200 or my Mitsubishi Mirage.

General Comments:

Both my Saturn L200 and my Mitsubishi Mirage have been Great! I've had my Saturn 2 1/2 years and have put over 64,000 miles on it. I bought the Mirage to keep the miles down on the Saturn. It's a 1998 Mirage, with a 1.5L automatic and 85,500 miles when I bought it. Now it has 92,000 miles and still works fine. I've had the Mirage for 6 months. It works good. My Saturn is better though. I guess it depends on what you like. Also, I think a lot of how a car is depends on the driver. I don't drive either car too hard. If you take car of your car it'll take care of you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2006

2003 Saturn L200 2.2 four cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 four cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carFord Windstar

Summary:

Overall I love this car and would recommend it to anyone!

Faults:

Fuel pump went out at 64,000. miles.

Auto Climate control system is terrible. In cold/hot months it either blows too cold or too hot. It never maintains a comfortable temperature, even when using the system in manual mode. Temp outside could be at 35 degrees and the "Auto climate control system" could be set at 80 degrees and it will still blow cold air. I have to turn it up to 90 in order for heat. It then becomes too hot and then turn it down to around 80 and then the cold air will blow. It's very difficult to find the correct setting for this system. Saturn should have installed choices in which lets you choose between the auto climate system or the good old fashioned blue/red dial control.

For the price of this car Saturn should have included aluminum alloy wheels as standard equipment instead of the hub caps.

Anyone else have these problems.

General Comments:

The exterior styling of this car in my opinion is very stylish with a European look with the super cool headlights, the nice chrome accents, and the rear roof mounted antenna. The front end of this Saturn is a real head turner with the projection head lamps. The interior also is very clean and uncluttered with easy to read gauges and user friendly controls, except with the climate control system.

The standard audio system with 6 speakers and CD player sounds superb with deep bass and nice highs. Of course this system would not meet the standards of a good system for a teenager, but for adults it's a nice system.

This car is very spunky for a 2.2 four cylinder engine. It has great acceleration and has very good passing acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2005

28th Feb 2005, 23:39

Glad to hear you are enjoying your L200. As for your auto climate control problems, you aren't alone. The auto climate control offered on this car was problematic. You can review the technical service bulletins on this problem from Alldata, or your dealer will know about them. There probably isn't an easy solution to the problem.

I have an '05 L300, and auto climate control wasn't even an option. We have the manual controls and it works well.

I also like the european style of the L and the handling/ride characteristics. It's a shame they stopped producing them this year, but it was never a popular car.

Enjoy your L and keep us posted.

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