2000 SATURN L-SERIES

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$1,999
$590
above average
190,597 Miles
81,317
Miles above average

Vehicle Details

Mileage: 190597
Color: WHITE
Body Style: Wagon
Transmission: Automatic
Engine Type: 4 Cyl
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Longmont, CO
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Simply Splendid!!!!

5
NicoleDumas on 11/01/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Overall Facilities: 5.0

I have not been able to purchase yet as we have some saving to do, but the wonderful salesman Brian contacted me almost immediately and arranged that the vehicle I want was ready and available upon my arrival. Thank you again! Nicole Dumas Hopeful car shopper

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
3.6
  Based on 129 reviews

Best car ever!!

5
Ezekiel Prado on 02/01/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating: 4

i would recommend this car because you can actually switch the engine to a v6, i have this car and when i switched engines the car was so fast and the life of the car was extended and the engine costed 600$, the 2000 Saturn Lw1 is the best car i have ever had, bbbuuutt the problem is that there is no parts for Saturn vehicles anymore I hate it when they discontinue a company. This is Ezekiel and im 16 years old. p.s. the car costed about 1,400 and i didnt bought it from edmund

No

1
Elisabeth on 01/29/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 1 Value Rating: 2

This car was my first car. My mom bought it for 2500$ for my birthday and it wasn't worth it. I've had the car for about 2 years. I've put $1500 into the car, and it might be worth $2000 because of all the repairs I've made. The car sometimes won't start when it's too hot outside. If you give it a few minutes it will eventually. It does great with gas and is very comfortable but that's about it. It's not hard to drive, it drives smooth, but when I first got the car I put in a new axel new tires because the car would shake all over the place when accelerating. Like a rocket about to blast off. That was sketchy.

2000 Saturn L WINS !

4.8
hodman on 01/20/2014

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 2000 Saturn L sedan just before Thanksgiving 1999. It was brand new from the dealer . The car had 7 miles on the odometer, and ran perfectly. It still runs exactly perfectly today, with 168,000 miles. It has been probably the most trouble free car I have ever owned. The only repair has been a new power steering pump at 40,000 miles, and the Saturn dealer went havers with me on the bill. Other than that one repair, only routine maintenance has been necessary. Amazing ! My wife won't let me sell the car !

Skeptical..But like it!

3.3
hesameanone on 03/23/2012

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 4

I recentally sold my 98 Camaro for somthing a bit larger, So I bought the Saturn Ls2, Everybody asks me "why did you buy a saturn?" I love the car I hear awfull things about Saturns but, it's really a good car. With the 3.0 it really gets up and goes! The Leather seats are VERY comfortable, But the Build quality lacks quite abit. I think it all depends on how you treat the car, it's taken me everywhere & I just passed 160,000!

Dont EVER buy this car or ANY Saturn

1
frenzy13 on 03/22/2012

Performance: 1 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

This was my first car at years old. I was so excited to get it. But within one day of owning this car it was problem after problem. It started off by shifting hard and the engine light came on. Over the past years I have replaced the O2 sensor (and probably every sensor in the car) the ignition switch, the starter, ball joints, wheel bearings, end links, the heater and the fuel pump-TWICE! Also the speedometer and odometer stopped working a year ago, and no one can figure out how to fix it. The last straw was the brake lights failed (not the bulbs, fuses, or the brake switch) still a mystery. Today I purchased a brand new Toyota Yaris and could never be happier. Please NEVER buy this car!!!

This car is amazing

5
keiter on 11/09/2011

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car is amazing. I bought this car in April 2003 with just over 40,000 on it for $12,500. It was worth every penny. It has has been in a wreck when some lady pulled out in front of me and slammed on her breaks, and I smashed the front of the car and did $2500 in damage. I replaced the shocks but that was my fault because I would hill hop. The AC went out in it in the summer and the heater broke in the winter, and the speakers blew, but other than that I haven't had any problems with the car and I'm currently over 206,000 miles on it. It runs as great now as it did the day I bought it even though I once went 8,000 miles between oil changes..

OK Car

3.9
beckyjones on 06/24/2011

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my LS200 with about 134,500 miles on it. It is still running. I would say the car is good to get you to and from your destination. It has always started except for once when it ran out of gas (don't drive with your gas light on for too long!) I also HATE the system in my car. I don't know if it is just my particular car but the sound is horrible. I must say, I have put (and still need too) put lots of money into this car. The window controls are in the middle near the gear which is a pain! Daytime running lights are a plus.

If you can buy any other vehicle, buy it; don't buy an L-Series Saturn!

3
fuzzybeard2016 on 12/31/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 1 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

My wife bought this car as a low-mile 1-owner back in 2002. I realize that (nearly) 9 years of wear and tear can be hard on a vehicle, but considering the luck we've had with the powertrain in the past 3 years, I'm wondering if my wife ran over several black cats in succession after hitting a truck filled with mirrors... To put it bluntly, I'm ecstatic that GM shuttered the Saturn Division. Don't get me wrong, the cars are great *until* things start to fail on them; couple that with an inordinate number of "special" parts that need "special" dealer-only tools to do a basic R/R, and dealers that are as pleasant to deal with as an organized crime syndicate...it was a recipe for failure.

Horrible!

2.3
Hilary on 11/02/2010

Performance: 1 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

I bought this car with 129,000 miles on it in September 2008 and it lasted me barely 2 years and died at 165,000 miles. Since i had purchased the car i had put well over $3,000 dollars fixing things. The engine was horrible and always had something wrong. Recently my car stopped i brought it in to the shop and yet again another engine problem that would cost another 4,000 to fix. That's when i said bye to that stupid car.

Very good car

4.8
Michael on 10/01/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I inherited this car from my mother who bought it brand new in 2000 for 14k. It has just over 113,000 miles on it and has never had any major problems(save for insignificant oil leak). The car still gets a combined mileage of 30 mpg. Nothings been replaced because it was an early model, without the power options. The clutch is in "darn good condition" as we were told, the body pretty clean save for some crashes. This thing still has some get up and go too. Can get up to speed and keep up with a 2006 Mazda 2.3 until 3rd gear. Overall, I'd recommend this car to whoever is willing to take care of them. Saturns are long for running forever.

best car we ever owned

4.5
saturnfan on 09/11/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Extremely reliable car, no engine troubles ever, clutch and front brakes lasted to 250,000 km, redid rear brakes a couple of times. Credit manual transmission(5 spd 4 cyl), good driving and highway mileage. Windshield wipers are junk, failed twice, parking brake and air conditioning are troublesome. Fuel economy and comfort are great, sometimes drive 4 hrs at a stretch, interior is a very attractive and comfortable place to be.

It's been good to us.

5
Wm/Sharon McDaniel on 07/24/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my wife's car and she is 100% satisfied with it. The only thing that has been replaced is the liner under the hood about four months ago. Of course it has been tuned up, had tires and battery replaced and one taillight last year. Everything still works fine including the sound system, air conditioner and power windows. It has always been serviced by the dealer. It has always been garaged and it still looks new.

"Satan" not "Saturn"!

2.1
Joelle on 06/29/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

From the moment the keys hit my palm, you name it, it broke! Timing chain, sway bars, ball joints, horn, power locks, steering column, brake line, engine cradle, air condition, blower motor, horn, seat belt latch on driver side, control button for power window and speakers died. I kid you not, this car ruined 5 yrs of my life! I finally got rear ended and the car was totaled! I was injured but happy to know that I would never have to see that hunk of junk again! Buyers beware!

Saturn parts

3
Ana Cecilia Ananos on 04/18/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 3 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 3

Any repairs have to be done at the dealer and its prices are very high. For example , Saturn wanted to charge me $170 + taxes to change my two brake lamp bulb sockets. It cost $44.04 for both sockets and my friend changed them for me in less than 1 minute. This is my first car and I will not buy another Saturn in my life.

Awesome!

4.5
suzzette on 02/22/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I purchased this car in April of 2008 for 3,000. As a single parent, I needed the most for my buck and that is what I have had. My car currently has 248,00 miles on it. It has never been in the shop for anything other than maintenance and my brother has been able to do that...brakes, change the oil and tires. There is absolutely no reason why this car should be running. I did not have the money so the oil was not changed regularly. Since purchasing this car, I have made many trips across NY state. I am currently looking for another car not because this one is not dependable but because the engine light came on. I am so hesitant to purchase another car, this car has been amazing!

car keeps on going

3.9
andy weber on 01/16/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought the car with 106000 miles on it from an auto repair shop. I have put an additional 75000 miles on the car with no major problems. In fact just wear and tear on the car.(brakes and hoses) Hey, the car is pushing 185000 miles. The main issue with the car is my AC. The unit needs to be rplaced. The heat works great but it does not pay to fix the ac. (Way to expensive.) My saturn is a work horse and I'am proud of the way the car has performed

overall...it's a piece...of....junk

3.3
loyd on 11/09/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

After driving the car after a few months of purchase... The clutch went on the car... Costing me over $1000 to get fixed... After I got that fixed... The timing chain went which I have read has been the main problem in this year and model... And I had to get a new engine for it because it tore up the pistons and heads in the engine... In appearance inside and out, it's a Nice looking car... But with everything that I've had to put into it in the past year... It has been very frustrating... I would say to try and look for one with one that has decent mileage on it... As for me... I will never buy a Saturn again.

Beware: get a Honda

3
Avoid Saturn on 10/28/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I spent over $10,000.00 in repair on my 2000 LS2 from March 2000 to October 2009. the engine and transmission are adequate but this car nickel and dimed me to death on sensors, steering, leaky battery, car doors that wont lock, catalytic converters. My car is worth 2000 but will cost 3200 to repair. Wont pass smog, second catalytic converter, so its gone. Should have bought the Accord I compared it against. Only buy this card if you want to get to know your mechanic better. Good riddance Saturn

Got a good one

4.6
twinmom on 05/07/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my 2000LW1 in Feb of 2004 it had 20,000 miles. I worked as a courier for a living and drove the car about 300 miles a day, 5 days a week in all weather conditions. This car has 321,000 miles on it!! The only thing that stopped it was hitting a deer last May, which totaled the car. It was all body damage so I just had the motor put in a LS1. After sitting for a year it fired right up and is still running strong. The only things I had to do to the car (before the deer) was oil changes, tires, and at 320,000 had to replace the fuel pump. This was a wonderful car, great gas mileage and fun to drive. I would buy another one for sure. Have to see how many miles the first engine will go.

It's been a great car for me

4.1
ck on 04/10/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

With all of the negative reviews, I had to chime in. I bought this car new in 2000 and have yet to spend any money on repairs. The only scheduled maint. done has been regular oil changes. Brakes and tires have been replaced as needed. The clutch was replaced at 17,000 and 36,000 under warranty. It has run like a dream ever since, and I have over 176,000 miles on it now. I couldn't have asked for a more reliable car!

Worst Vehicle Ever!

1.3
Raven on 02/06/2009

Performance: 2 Comfort: 1 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 1 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1

Along with multiple electrical problems, ignition problems, severe vibration, bad power window switch (expensive for plastic) and a rusted out front frame, now the timing chain is going. I knew I didn't want to buy it, now I know why. I've had it less than a year and will be lucky if I can give it away! My Chevy gives me fewer problems at 172k...The Saturn only has 121k It's cramped, sets way too low, placement of cup holders makes access hard. This thing is just an all around lemon. My plymouth breeze was better, and it wasn't a very good car, either.

Junk

2
meagan on 01/23/2009

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I bought this car used and had it for a little over two years before it died. First it was little things (that were costly to fix) went down the tubes on this car. Started out with the automatic shut off on the turn signal breaking, turns out you have to get a whole new steering column. Three of the four speakers blew and the tape deck quit working. Then the power locks went on the fritz. Next it was the odometer that went (no exact mileage makes it hard to sell). Then the blinkers quit working. Finally the engine blew. There were other things that went wrong under the hood also. I am willing to bet that I stuck more into the car than i did buying it.

Run from this car

3.1
rich on 12/24/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

This 2000 LS Saturn has serious problems with the timing chain. Run as fast as you can from this car. Because of Saturns zero tolerance engine, once the timing chain breaks - and it will, be prepared to spend at least $4,000. Saturn will NOT help with repairs. Please read the recall investigations about this car. Only recommend this car to your worst enemy.

Good, solid wagon

4.3
54x12 on 10/30/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

We were looking a functional, reliable wagon and Saturn gave us one. The car has worked well for us over the last 115,000 miles and has required about $1,500 of unschedule repairs over the last 50,000 miles. For the last four years the car has been used to assist in various household projects that other folks would use their F150 truck for: hauling flagstone, sand, crushed rock, sheetrock and plywood. It has given us no problems at all. We driven it on trips to northern Quebec with mountain bikes on the roof and it runs great at highway speeds with enough power to pass on hills. It corners very well for a wagon and the paint after eight years still looks fine.

Joke of a car

3
rich on 08/15/2008

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Having owned this vechicle for over 8 years, I can say I've not experienced any major problems. This is because there are only 52,000 miles driven. This car has to have the worst resale value. Any repairs almost have to be done at the dealer. Part stores do not carry anything. Dealer repairs are too high priced. Saturn wanted to charge me $32 to change a 3rd brake light bulb. It cost $7 just for the bulb at the dealer. I bought 1 bulb & changed it myself in 1 minute. Saturn has a serious problem with the timing chain & zero tolerance on their engine. Do a little internet research & you will see that Saturn has a major problem on their hands that they are trying their best to avoid.

Early glitches but OK from then on.

3.8
Anne on 08/02/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 5

My Saturn was a former car rental, with several things wrong when I bought it: bad taillight assembly, leaking air conditioner, defunct cruise control. It had 15 K on it. When I took it to Saturn dealership they refused to acknowledge anything was wrong with the cruise control and I went back and forth 9 times before I called customer service in Tenn. and they replaced it immediately. After 107,000 K my only complaint is the broken sun visor and seat compartment lid. Saturn wants $58 each to replace, not including labor! I have never been informed of recalls. CD is broken and it locks you out sometimes.

Excellent Car!

5
crazyhusband on 05/28/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife bought the car in may of last year and since then it has been to Disney world 3 times with no problems. The only thing done to it other than oil was a new set of tires earlier this year.

Not bad for the buck

4
ken on 05/08/2008

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought LS1,4 banger, back in 2004 with about 75k. Now 50k later, I can't really complaint about my car. Sure I had some repairs but it only totalled about $850 in 4 years. Not bad in my opinion. It makes some squeeks and thumps now and then, but hey it has over 120k.

Solid Transportation

4.9
Kristin on 01/21/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've enjoyed driving this car. I purchased it 2 years old with 12,000 miles on it. I am glad for the extended 75,000 warrenty. The car has performed very well over the last 88,000 miles. My biggest complaint is problems with the engine coil. Its been replaced every 35K miles. Other repairs I've made: New steering rack (65k), Catalytic Converter (95K), Accelleration assembly has been 100% replaced over time...problems with sticky pedal, CV Boot (55K). In my experience, these are not excessive repairs, except the engine coil which was replaced under campaign then broke in the same manner later. Its also alway had a slight hesitation under load while climbing.

My Saturn

4.8
AyChiMama on 01/10/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I love my Saturn. While I have had to do some repairs, none were major. Makes no noises, drive smoothly and pick up is fast.

I love my LS1

4.8
Al Sylvia on 12/16/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My Saturn has been the best coupe I've ever owned. I bought mine new in 2000, and almost 8 years later the car is still performing like new. It's only broken down twice while I've owned it -- both times the fixes were simple and inexpensive. The transmission is geared just right -- just the right amount of pep for a mid-size 4 cylinder, but not so powerful as to entice my teenage son to drag.

Overall, I'm pleased!

4
Overall, I'm pleased on 07/30/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Its first owner pampered it, and so do I. There have been only a couple of repairs, each under $1,000, in its 7 years. It handles very well in all conditions, and the engine is very responsive (though a little sluggish into first gear). It's loaded, and all features work well. The design is simple, cargo space is excellent, the body integrity shoddy (quality control was out to lunch for the doors, seals, and cargo area wall inspections!)

I must have gotten a great one!

4.6
NCdoug on 05/31/2007

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I see many complains of poor quality which is just the opposite of what I have experienced. Since buying new, I've only replaced tires, battery, and windshield wiper blades. The LS1 still has the acceleration and fuel economy (26 mpg) that it had when new. I've got the automatic with upgraded sound system. The only time it has been in the shop was for two recalls. One for replacing door handles and another to remove a gas shutoff valve. I've never had any light or electrical problems mentioned by others. This is my second Saturn. I still have the first, a 1996 SC1 with 192,000 which still uses no oil and gets over 35 mpg with an automatic tranny.

Not any more

4.4
BIL on 12/20/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This car served me well and still is but the trade values have slipped. Have owned SL2 also but now they seem to have slipped in quality control. I'll be keeping this one as one of 3 vehicles owned. Overall this 2000 LS has been very reliable. No repairs except wear items like brakes, tires etc.

Good Purchase, Good Car

4.3
Bob on 11/17/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

We purchased this car in 2000 and have had very few problems with it. I am pleased with the power. For a 4 cylinder car it has no problem keeping up with trafic when traveling over the Rocky Mountains. It also gets very good gas mileage for a midsize car. Another feature that was important to us was the trunk space. It has a lot of room in the trunk which is nice on long trips.

Piece of Junk --- don't buy

2.5
yelowd on 09/15/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

Wow. What a piece of junk. Bought it with 45,000 miles. In 1000 miles I had to pay $500 to get rear suspension shimmed so it would align properly and not eat up tires or make a lot of noise and then the water pump went on it, which took out the whole engine. Swell. Thankfully, I bought an $1800 warranty, because the car was in the shop every other month. Bought the car for $9100. Repairs covered by warranty totalled $12,200 by June of 2006. Things fixed: alignment, waterpump (2x), rack and pinion, p/s pump, transmission (2x), front suspension (2x), etc. It is junk. As for driving, it is surprisingly quick, and corners well, though the engine is a bit loud and not smooth. Don't buy it.

Excellent Car

4.8
Jon on 07/25/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

This Saturn has been one of the best cars I and or my family has owned. Has been extremely reliable, and fun to drive. The only things I may mention was the rear tail lights that were malfunctioning but were replaced due to a recall. A/C stopped working and was told over 1,000 to replace! Overall great car and great value. Black Chery Color Shimmers between blue, purple, and black. Awesome car with the features at the best price.And on that note. This vehicle is equipped with one of the best sound systems I have heard! Love eh dent resistant side panels.

Don't Buy a Saturn

2.6
Teri on 03/24/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I have owned my Saturn since 2000. I traded in a 10 year old Volvo with 150,000 miles on it, which I had absolutely no problems with. There are major problems with my car. In the first two years of owning my car it had to be towed 6 times! The car has electrical problems. The stitching in the back seat, which no one ever sits in, is coming apart. The CD player broke 2 months after my warranty expired and they refused to help me out. The center console and sun visors are broken. I called Saturn Corporate office and after going through everything with them they told me I was a bad customer.

Yet another unhappy customer

2.8
pwk74 on 03/20/2006

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 2 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

This is my second Saturn. I have experienced many of the problems listed in these reviews. Brake lights and third rear window light both failed twice due to electrical problems. Overhead lights are unreliable. I've replaced the driver side visor twice because the entire unit broke at the hinge, coolant leaks, drive window off track with 1/8" gap when rolled up, OEM CD player doesn't work right in cold weather (music sounds warped). I sense a problem with the transmission just beginning, so I've decided to trade it in while I can still get something for the car. Goodbye Saturn, hello Subaru.

Probably the worst car we've ever owned

2.9
heather on 12/04/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

This is probably the worst vehicle I've ever had, and I really wanted to love it! Thank goodness we purchased the extended warranty, because if you add up what we would have spent over the past 2 years for major repairs without the warranty, it would be about $4500.00 (and we only paid $9500 for it used). Now, it's out of warranty, and it's going to be over another $1000.00 for a water pump, belt, and power steering fluid leak. And, their legendary reputation for taking care of customers has not been good either. It now has just over 80,000 miles, and it has had so many things just wear out and need replacing. It just seems to be a very "cheaply" made car.

Junk

2.1
Ryan on 11/25/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

I don't know where to start with the problems. Coolant leaked into engine, gas cap fell off, window won't roll up, transmission died, e-brake doesn't work, electrical slowly failing, tires wear every 12k miles, oxygen sensor, cambers, rear defroster died, plastic parts falling off left and right. I've only had it a few years and have put $6000 into it, and would need to put another $4000 to fix all the existing problems. 200 miles per gas tank is pretty sad too. oh yeah, the brake lights dont' work when the headlights go on.

Best Car I Ever Owner

5
Maryanne on 10/26/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Best car for the money today. I cannot believe what a great buy this car is. Completely dependable - not a penny in repairs. The interior is the MOST practical design, it had to be a team of female engineers. The power and performance are excellant. First off the mark - great granny car!

Saturn L Series Wagon

4.9
cnardei on 10/05/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Very reliable vehicle with good hauling capacity. By the end of the 4th year of ownership, the chrome plating on front interior door handles flaked off. The top of the armrest/storage compartment between the front bucket seats tends to break off easily; having paid to replace it on three occasions.

Very nice, reliable, smooth ride

4.5
Kingman94 on 07/27/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Great in rain and snow. Economical. European feel to the steering - nice. I have no complaints about this model. I am extremely happy. Very few repairs made, and now at 142K.

2000 L 4dr sedan 4 cyl.

4.8
Dennis on 07/26/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Fun car to drive. Power is excellent for a four cylinder. Fuel economy is great! Had a problem with rack and pinion steering early on. Had the unit replaced. That should have not happened. Some other real minor problems that I would expect with any car. The stereo system had both the CD and cassette player. Real forward thinking during this change over period. I plan to buy another new Saturn this fall. Maybe the small 4x4. That would be my third Saturn. The customer service at Saturn has kept me from exploring Nissan or Toyota. Hard to walk away from super customer service.

A Great Wagon, Especially for the Price!

4.8
Jason Kevin on 06/02/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Has been a huge asset to the family! Lots of room, and a reliable ride with great MPG make for a real winner! Have been getting near 30MPG with the V6. Couldn't be happier with that number! It's not an exciting wagon (like the Magnum), but it's a great looking wagon. If you expect the looks of a sports car, don't get it, but if you want a nice looking midsize American wagon, without the fishbowl look of the Taurus, you can't go wrong. Lots of pickup, great brakes (ABS+Traction), and a smooth ride. Have Potenza tires for what it's worth. They seem to fit the car quite nicely. I've never seen a glove compartment so large! High Beams are great - can see easily in the back roads of New England!

I love my Saturn!

4.6
Kit524 on 04/22/2005

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I truly love my Saturn! It's a very reliable and economical car to drive! It gets great gas mileage - and my V6 can really get up and go!

Think Twice

2.6
Chris on 04/04/2005

Performance: 2 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

If you are considering this model for purchase, my advice to you is to think twice. This is the very first American- made vehicle I've ever purchased, and am I ever disappointed!! This model has had 3 factory recalls, for starters. My car currently has UNDER 50, 000 miles on it, and it is in the shop getting the timing chain and valves replaced to the tune of about $3K when all is said and done. Watch the air conditioning hoses, the tail and brake light wiring, and check for leaks in the coolant system before you even take Step 1 toward purchasing this vehicle. Buying a Saturn L- Series, let alone any other GM vehicle, is a mistake I will never make again.

Unhappy

2.5
Jerry on 03/27/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 2 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

This is my second Saturn. (1st one was a 95 ) Got the L series the first year it came out. Have had many things go wrong with it. Door handles break. Water leaks. Steering rack needed to be replaced one time and is starting to go again. Key ignition going bad. Had to have a locksmith come out so I could get the key to turn. Need to have it replaced. Some of the examples are minor BUT it seems that more are coming up all the time. I WAS a happy Saturn owner but I don't think I will buy another one. I don't think I will buy Saturn again and am starting looking into buying another car.

Don't waste your money

2.6
What a piece! on 03/17/2005

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

I originally loved this car, but imagine that. As soon as the warranty ran out (and it was paid off!), the car just started to fall apart. Within 37-40K miles I replaced the oxygen sensor, mass air flow sensor, and the windshield wiper motor. Now my brake lights don't work when the headlights are on (another $500 to replace both light fixtures - which the dealership said is common on this vehicle). Then, I had Saturn appraise the car for a trade-in and the steering (another common problem) is going out and will cost $1200 to fix. What a pile of junk! I couldn't give this car away! I am done with Saturn.



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