2002 Saturn L300 Reviews

2002 Saturn L300 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance147000 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Piece of crap

Faults:

Hello friends: I have a 2002 Saturn L300. I have not had your issues. But I have had one that I did not see listed. At 123,000 miles, my engine oil coolant cover went out. All together the repair bill was over $1800.00. The part looks just like a mini radiator, so keep that in mind.

My most recent repair bill was only $385.00 when the mass airflow sensor went out, and I could only go 5 mph until the car got into a good mood.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th August, 2010

2002 Saturn L300 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

All around good reliable car

Faults:

Well I guess I'm a lucky one, We have a 02 L300 and have really had no major problems other than, normal wear and tear.

The most major is front wheel bushing, which happens to most cars.

All in all, I'm really pleased with it, other than not being able to get small parts for it without ordering them or going to a Saturn dealer.

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

Review Date: 29th August, 2008

2002 Saturn L300 3.0L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles

Summary:

This car is amazing and should be considered for a test drive

Faults:

Had to have the timing belt replaced. A local mechanic was not familiar with the design of the engine, and so the belt was not replaced properly. A great deal of damage was done to the lifters and valves, and this was expensive to have fixed; I would advise anyone with this model to have the timing belt replaced by a Saturn dealership.

Have to refill coolant pretty often;

General Comments:

The 3.0L engine is amazing. This is a powerful engine that allows 182hp. The car accelerates quickly, and makes interstate driving a breeze.

The sound system is amazing.

The moon roof is a joy; it is easy to open without taking your eyes off the road;

The side air bags make me feel very safe and secure. This car has excellent crash test safety ratings.

The car gets excellent gas mileage.

The amount of space is pretty awesome. The trunk is massive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th April, 2008

2002 Saturn L300 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Summary:

An incredible disappointment

Faults:

SES light revealed itself the first week of ownership.

1 tire failure first month of ownership.

Main engine computer replaced.

Coolant leak at intake manifold.

Power Steering pump leak.

Battery positive cable leak.

Engine shut down once at freeway speed.

Hard shifting at random times.

Excessive road noise.

Horn activated on its own and wouldn't shut off.

Windshield washer quit working.

General Comments:

A mechanically unreliable vehicle. The sum of the parts is of less value than the parts themselves.

Our older non-US made car has had zero defects during the time we've owned this Saturn L300. So this past weekend we traded the Saturn in for a non-US made car. The dealer gave us $1500 less than blue book value for the Saturn on trade-in. All things considered, we knew it would cost more to keep and maintain the Saturn L300 than to let it go for a pittance of what we paid for it. No more Saturns for this family!

Interior (leather) was comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd January, 2008

2002 Saturn L300 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance38000 miles

Summary:

One great big pain for the price

Faults:

In October 2007 my lights started to act a bit funny. They started blinking when in the auto mode. In addition my car locks starting making this lock/unlock sound, without promotes or results. Since this started, it has moved into a whole new light show, so to speak. Everything works just fine in the daylight, but once dusk hits, wow watch out. The car becomes possessed and the light show starts. It has managed to produce empty gas, to air bag alert, to security alert, to gear shift locking up and check engine light flashes. All the lights on the dash blink on and off throughout the ride. ONLY AT NIGHT THOUGH!! All the while the door locks are melancholic to the symphony of lights sputtering. Now if this all isn't strange enough, once I put the headlights on manual, everything calms down and resumes as it should.

General Comments:

This car is five years old, with only 38,000 miles on it. Why am I encountering this problem, why are any of us? We paid too much for this ride to have these problems.

Also, is anyone out there getting tired of the brake dust all over the wheels?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2007

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 19 reviews