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2000 Saturn L-Series Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by pierrot

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Introduction

I liked the "Saturn" way at the time, and thought that the quality was strong for this car. Some other models of similar size were out of the question. I wouldn't buy Japanese nor German. I'd owned a Dodge 600 before. I wasn't going to buy a Chrysler product, and Ford had nothing that interested me.

Reviewed: 2000 Saturn L-Series

4dr Sedan 137-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Why the 2000 Saturn L-Series?

Reliability & durability

Engine and transmission have been highly reliable. Over 182,000 miles with only regular maintenance and one warranty to replace an ignition module. Tires have always worn well.

Safety & braking

Braking is very good. (Front disc, rear drum). I wish that it had rear disc also, but wasn't on this model. Doors are reinforced with steel tubes beneath the outer skin for side impact collision resistance. Strong body cage.

Fuel economy

Respectable: 22-24 MPG around town; 25-28 MPG mixed; 30-33 MPG hwy and long distance.

Handling

Steering is very responsive, positive, and easy at the same time. Cornering is very tight. The car stays very level on turns.

Powertrain performance

Engine power is adequate and if you need to push it, it will respond. It idles and runs very smoothly thanks to the balance shaft in the engine. Transmission shifting is accurate.

Why Not the 2000 Saturn L-Series?

Materials & workmanship

Some weak elements in interior appointments. The center console accessory box lid broke twice. The plastic door handles are squeaky when gripped.

Ride smoothness

The ride is a bit too stiff. Tends to transmit all of the flaws in the road to the passenger compartment.

Conclusion

I enjoy driving the car, in spite of its' weaknesses, and it's been very dependable.

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