Saturn LS Reviews - Page 9 of 9

2000 Saturn LS LS1 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Low cost--high dependability!

Faults:

Automatic door lock when reaching over 8 mph malfunctioned at 45,000. Trunk frequently requires being closed multiple times before it actually shuts. Windshield wipers have very obnoxious noise (though I've heard they have been recalled) Other than these minor things nothing has gone wrong! This was a true surprise.

General Comments:

I was not excited about owning a Saturn, but had to b/c of cost issues. This car has good miles per gallon which is a good choice in this economy. Overall I was VERY pleasantly surprised and would definitly recommend this car to anyone needing a reliable car on a budget. In the 3 years I've leased it I have never ever had a major motor problem and it has never left me stranded. I'm not buying another, but if I needed to I would not be quite as reluctant as I was the first time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2003

2000 Saturn LS ls2 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Calais

Summary:

One model to stay away from

Faults:

Car kept pulling to the right after 3 times of taking it in under warranty to fix because I thought this was a wheel alignment problem.

Rack and Pinion Steering was replaced under warranty later on at about 10,000 to 15,000 miles on the 4th time of taking it in for a pulling to the right problem.

Taillights keep burning out. I found out that the driver side taillight socket was corroded causing the taillight to dim more than the other one.

Interior fit and finish feels really cheap.

The car jack that came with the vehicle doesn't lift the car high enough to change the tire.

Drivers side front spring broke after 3 years of driving the car. Mechanic said that this shouldn't have happened since no accidents were involved. The part of the spring that snapped off was corroded. Because our warranty ran out, Saturn wouldn't do anything about it. Typical and not surprising.

General Comments:

The engine and the transmission are better than expected. Under normal acceleration, the car has good pickup. But if you punch the gas, the transmission has a hard time changing gears.

Seriously people, I don't recommend the 2000 model only because it was the first year made and Saturn was trying to work out the kinks. The 2002 might be a better bet.

It's a shame that Saturn has had so many problems with this model, because my girlfriend owned a 1997 Saturn SC1 and it had no problems.

On the good side, Saturn will bend over back wards to try and make you a satisfied customer, (as long as your under warranty).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th July, 2003

4th May 2005, 13:10

On the Saturn LS2, year 2000, I, too, have had similar problems -- transmission slamming into gear, (it gets worse under load), transmission erratically shifting, taillights and brake lights going off (they don't burn out, but the contacts on the lightbulb enclosure keep corroding). A lot of electrical problems were covered under warranty, but the electronic bucket seats have The one major design flaw seems to be the suspension is not designed for the heavier 6 cylinder engine -- without ABS, the car skids easily.

However, on the plus, good pick-up and handling.

1999 Saturn LS from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

A reliable, inexpensive car I'm very happy with

Faults:

The only problem I have had with this car is a tendency for windshield wipers to not work very well. The windshield wipers recommended for this model are too long for it and buckle when they try to wipe, so I use shorter wipers than recommended.

The only other problem I have at all with it is not really something "wrong," more just an annoyance... it's a fairly loud car, so I have to turn my radio up a good deal to drown out engine noise.

General Comments:

This is a great car! It's never had any major problems and it's very cute-looking.

From the start, I was happy with Saturn. The dealership was very helpful and honest and gave me a great price.

The car also gets great gas mileage.

I wouldn't really recommend the car for people who like fast, flashy cars - it's not a show-off car. It's also not the best option for someone with a family or someone who needs to transport a lot of stuff, because it's tiny.

But for someone like me, it's perfect. I just wanted something cheap and reliable, and I definitely got both with this car. I hope to have it for years to come!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 35 reviews