2002 Saturn LW Reviews

2002 Saturn LW 300 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance262000 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

Reliable, sporty, eager. A noble choice

Faults:

Have gone through 3 power steering pumps.

Upper pulley spindle disintegrated, threw belt (granted, that was at 250k).

Front end won't stay in alignment. Have had it done 7 or 8 times, and it won't stay put.

Catalytic converter clogged and strangled the engine's power, sent false EGR code and cost more money than needed.

Windshield/windshield wipers don't work well together; hard to see in bad weather. Even with a new windshield, no wipers seem to do their job. It's weird.

General Comments:

This Saturn has been fantastic. I bought it shiny and new in 2002, and it is still going after 262,000 miles. Now though, it is showing (and feeling) its age. Transmission is pretty much on its last legs, but I've babied it for the past year and it is still kicking. But back in its prime, it handled surprisingly well and its 3.0L V6 would blow the doors off of most who tried to race me. Not bad for a "soccer-mom-ish" station wagon.

Apart from the thrown belt when the pulley broke, it has never left me stranded. Always starts. One of the more reliable vehicles I've owned. When I got it, I immediately switched to Mobil 1 oil and the engine is running like it was the day I picked it up. It's a shame I can't run it hard like I used to, since the tranny just can't handle it anymore. Has great utility and it is decently comfortable, plus the stereo is really, really good (one of my favorite features).

All around, it is a great car. It has served me well and I hope it lasts another 100,000 miles (albeit, not likely). Good looks, great performance, and reliable. A great pick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2012

29th Jan 2013, 11:16

Alignment: maybe the control arm bushings are no longer good?

Wipers: maybe they get aerodynamic lift? Put some WD 40 on the linkage and spring. If that doesn't help, consider a wiper arm spoiler.

Good luck with the next 100K!

2002 Saturn LW LW300 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Malibu

Summary:

Comfortable, handles well, and very reliable

Faults:

The car has needed nothing but routine maintenance and servicing.

General Comments:

I love my little Saturn wagon. It has been completely reliable and trouble free. It handles well, and everyone who drives it, mentions that fact, and that it's a comfortable vehicle.

The car has been paid for for several years, and although other vehicles catch my eye, I'm reticent to part with my Saturn. It has enough cargo space for just about anything I need to haul, and since I lost my husband a couple of years ago, I appreciate having a vehicle I can count on to get me safely to and from.

I'm surprised by the negative comments of others. I guess lemons come in all makes and models, and we were really fortunate to get this great little car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2010

2002 Saturn LW LW200 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Fine on dry roads

Faults:

Lot's of little things including the odometer light.

General Comments:

This car handles extremely poorly in the snow and in fact is the worst in this regard of any car I've owned.

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

Review Date: 15th January, 2008

2002 Saturn LW 300 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired45840 miles
Most recent distance76510 miles

Summary:

Reliable car

Faults:

The engine light was on, and the steering wheel was stiff during extreme cold weather.

General Comments:

It is a good car, like the 93 Camry I had.

I had my LW300 for 2 years; low maintenance, regular oil change, and the car runs powerful, stable and firm. It feels like a German car.

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

Review Date: 18th November, 2007

27th Sep 2009, 22:12

Now, I had spent $1000 for the power steering issue. The engine light stayed on, have to pay extra to pass the inspection.

Some of the car parts in a Saturn are special. They have to be supplied through the dealer. It took a long time to fix some specific parts. Well, the car is driving OK at least, but I wish I had a Japanese wagon.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 7 reviews