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Cons: Inside styling a little dull
Advice: Research and visit a Saturn dealership. Test drive one!!!!You would be hard pressed to find more vehicle for the money. First, the buying experience alone is worth quite a bit. No hassle and no haggle. Very, very fair on our trade (Saturn makes no money when they sell your trade - they give you what they think they can get). Second, to find a car of this quality with all of the options we chose (leather, heated seats, CD, heated mirrors, traction control, ABS, and more) to go along with the car buying experience and price was very unexpected. The L series redesign for '03 is great. They used to look exactly like the 's' series only larger. Now they have their own distinctive look. Performance in the V6 isn't neck busting, however a 7 - 7.5 second 0-60 isn't anything to laugh at. Over all a wonderful car. Don't believe me - do your research and test drive one.
Pros: The whole car
Cons: nothing yet! (and maybe never)
Advice: This car is great! Very safe for it's sizeI used to own a 2002 Saturn L300 and it was totaled by a Jeep Grand Cherokee and I walked away w/o any injuries. Thats why I didn't wait to get another Saturn L300, The dealer was great and I would recommend this car highly!
Pros: Overall design.
Cons: Traction control system makes the accellerator pedal rattle.
Advice: Be prepared to be impressed.The vehicle itself seems well built and designed. I've owned it since late October and have had no issues. It's a great value for the money. But what impressed me most was the hastle free purchase process. My salesperson was straight-forward, I got the no-interest/90 day no money down financing as advertised. No pressure to sign up for financing options. No games. It's the first time I felt like I was the customer when purchasing a car.
Cons: nothing so far.
Advice: try it...you'll like it. a lot of car for the money.tight turns. easy handling.
Pros: New styling for 2003 is great - finally a Saturn that's beautiful.
Cons: Cruise control problems. Revs from 2500 to 4000 RPM when traversing uphill.
Advice: Skip the Premium Option Package. OnStar is worthless without Driving Directions option (not included with First Year Free deal).Handles like a sports sedan. Plenty of power in the passing lane. Surprisingly upscale look to new L models. Two problemns - when using cruise control transmission does not shift smoothly. Whenever we climbed moderate hills the transmission abruptly shifted to a higher gear (RPM revved from 2500 to 4000). Also, while this is minor, it is annoying: the change in db's from one notch on the radio's volume control to the next is too wide. One click down in volume, not loud enough. A click back up, too loud. Overall, if you've wanted to buy a Saturn because of their great service reputation but didn't like the pedestrian styling of previous models, the 2003 L Series is for you.
Pros: the engine and transmission and the safety features like space frame, ABS, side airbags, and plastic door panels
Cons: the paint dinish, the interior, for the price, was too spartan
Advice: don't get white! and get front mud guardsmine is a 2001 300L. responsive, electronic throttle, grade sensitive transmission, and peppy V6 put you on the freeway like a shot! you can accelerate at 70 mph and be at 100 mph in a couple seconds. it handles like a breeze. some negatives-i have white paint, it doesn't clean as well as others i've had, and there's a lot of brake dust from the front wheels on the front side panels. rear fold down arm rest is ineffective and front arm comfort is poor.