16th Jan 2004, 13:05
That comment is a bunch of nonsense. Why doesn't Honda suffer poor resale value from the economy and used car market? Because they make a far superior car.
23rd Apr 2004, 22:30
This is why you wait for the car's value to go down after 2 years and you buy a new one. You will save thousands and get a great car. There is no service like Saturn, it was my first car and I think I'm sticken with them for many years to come. They even have a minivan coming out in September 2004.
24th Jul 2004, 22:10
I find the comments regarding the resale value of the Saturn"L" series very interesting. I have been "hunting" hard for an "01 or '02 "L" series since June 8th (it is now July 24th) and have found the market to be very strong. Granted, I am committed to getting one as close to wholesale as possible, but after weeks of looking, I am finding that the auctions are getting $1.000. over wholesale and the dealers are getting $1000. over retail. Today, I paid $7500 for an '01 "L"200 with 41K miles at an auction. That same car on the lot is fetching $9000. at least. Last month the local Saturn dealer was blowing out his L200s for just over $14000.
2nd Dec 2004, 03:33
..is $10,700 to high to pay for a '01 L-200 with 39k miles on it in mint condition? This is a lease return vehicle. Runs like a dream and a half. With an extended warranty for 4yrs, or 80k miles that cost $1100 bucks, a roadside service contract of $550, brings the total little over $12k at signing. Did I do good, or bad?
7th Apr 2005, 12:40
I was responding to the last comment posted on this page. Just wanted to tell you buddy that that sounds a little pricey, I bought my '01 L200 last year (late) and after extended warranty and roadside I ended up paying under $10K. However you could also end up with a very good car, I've had mine for over six months now and all I've had to do to it is replace the brake lights on the ceiling and the battery. Hope that you and me both keep having good luck with the car. By the way anyone thinking about buying one of these cars I've had no trouble so far and has great power for a 4cyl.
19th May 2005, 09:49
This is a response, albeit a late one, to the 12/04 inquiry about paying $10.700 for the L-200 with 39k. That would be the going retail price, but way too much for a miser like me. I tried hard to deal with retail lots, especially the Saturn dealers, but they stuck tenaciously to their industry credo of retail plus 2k for their premo cars. On the plus side, the '01 L-200 I bought at the auction with 41k has been a good car 10, 000 miles later. I like it enough to put it on this site, which, by the way, is a god-send.
26th Nov 2005, 13:03
I bought my L 200 three and a half years ago and so far no major problems. The dash and headlights did flicker, but they are not doing it now. However, the rear window top stop lights did go and I had them replaced. A short time later I was told that many were out again. I hope there's not a short in the car. I think the style and look of the car is far superior to the mass of cars released in 2002. In fact, Saturn restyled it in 2003 and I don't think it was for the better. And what's up with no air deflector? I'm middle-aged, but why can't I feel young and sporty? Seems like Saturn took that option away. Before I bought the L 200, many years ago, I looked at the Saturn product and, though liking what I saw, there was no way a 6ft6in man could fit into one comfortably. Finally they got some sense and made a car that larger people could enjoy. I have 42K on the car now and I hope it lasts until 200K. Good pep and mobility. Love the car.
16th Jun 2006, 09:41
I purchased a Saturn L200 a year and a half ago, I love the mileage it gets, however I have had nothing, but problems with this car since the day I brought it home. Steering column problems, air conditioning unit problems, loosing my dash lights, terrible reception on the radio and several other issues.
24th Apr 2007, 14:46
I bought a used 2002 L200/5 speed in 2005. It had 40K and I am close to 100K now.
My lights do flicker on occasion, but more when the car is cold.
The exhaust system went in 2006 and there was no after market replacement so that was costly, almost 1K dollars. So why is there no after market on a 4 yr. old car.
Would I, but another Saturn. Yes. Vehicles are a bad investment to begin with. To believe that any vehicle is going to cost free is unrealistic. If the dealers honor warranty work; where is the complaint?
Will I ever buy new, I don’t know. This car has been worth the investment so far.
11th Jun 2007, 23:40
Still driving the 2003 L200 and it is a good drive. It is reasonable on gas mileage and can handle turns well. The service support is great, and so happy I had good warranty.
A early problem I did have was with the tires it initially came with. My back left blew out on the freeway, but I do not relate that to the car, but the tires. The tread on the blown tire was previously not worn enough for me to feel it needed to be changed.
One major problem that did bother me was the A/C, which the warranty didn't cover. It was concluded that I hit something and damaged the compressor or something.
The final problem was with a noise when I turned sharply. Apparently, power steering fluid was leaking from the steering gear assembly, which thankfully was covered by the warranty.
Other than the problems above, the car is fun to drive and I plan to own it until it is no longer economical to operate it.
27th Mar 2008, 18:29
I am trying to determine if an I-Pass transponder will work if windshield mounted within the extremely dark area of the upper windshield located between the sun visors. If anyone has this type of unit mounted on their vehicle (2002 L200), would they please let me know how you mounted the unit. I believe the "E Z Pass" used by East Coast and New England States are similar to the I-Pass.