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    2002 Saturn L-Series - L200 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: comfortable seats

    Cons: The front bumper is too low.

    Advice: Get the 6cyl

    I bought mine in Oct and I love it. We took a 5hr drive when we first got it and I couldn't believe how comfortable and smooth the ride was. We also have the auto climate control (which I think they did away with) and the car stayed the perfect temp the whole way. Also the 6 cd player helped it be a wonderful trip.

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    2002 Saturn VUE - 4 CYL (CVT) AWD

    Pros: compact disc

    Cons: n/a

    Advice: Make sure you get a vue fully loaded

    Rides smooth. Didn't take long to get used to the handling of the vehicle. Overall comfort, big enough for my family of 4 and an additional person. Roomy cargo space.

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    2002 Saturn L-Series - L100 (A4) Sedan

    Pros: Polymer panels and spoiler.

    Cons: Narrow driver seat, gas cap that can be open by anyone walking up to the car, and the rough cloth surface where the driver left elbow rests.

    Advice: Ask your saleperson at the dealership to help get 1-2 accessory items at cost for you. You can really save a few bucks this way.

    I agree with JoAnne of Staten Island - definitely consider this car along side all the foreign competition. Mine is also a L100 Special Edition which I bought on 3/31/01 (3/31 was the last day for the 60-month 0% financing) and I have now put 2,200 miles on it. The only problem I have come across so far is the outside air-flow shutoff - it seems to do nothing to block the outside air from entering the cabin. I had my eyes set on a 2002 Honda Civic 4-Dr EX for months, but decided out of curiousity to see the Saturns on 3/30/02. I was immediately bowled over by the fact that for the same price I would have paid for the Civic I can get a quieter, roomier, heavier car with dent/ding resistant polymer panels, a metal timing-belt that won't need changing every 60K miles, head-curtain airbags plus traction control, and even a spoiler to boot. What pushed me over the edge was the 30-day, 1,500-mile full refund guarantee if I wasn't happy with the car. The gas mileage, parking, and driver side-impact rating are not nearly as nice as the Civic. However, current side-impact tests only measure chest injuries and not head/neck ones. So, I would rather have the head-curtain in the Saturn than the side airbag in the Civic. Another plus for the Saturn is the very spacious trunk (17.5 cu. ft.!). The buying experience was also a joy. No pressure and very sincere sales people. The only stupid mistake I made was asking for the arm rest to be installed which costed $190. I realized later that I could have bought it for $90 in the Parts Dept. myself and just snapped it in. Good grief! At least my salesperson was willing to get the mudguards for me at cost when I lasked him several weeks later and I installed them myself very easily.

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    2002 Saturn L-Series - L200 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: expressway gas mileage

    Cons: Seats

    Advice: Don't look at the smaller models

    Car handles better than I thought. Nice pick up, great on gas. Overall apperance is nice. Would consider another Saturn when time is ready.

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    2002 Saturn VUE - (M5) FWD

    Pros: Price, interior space and layout

    Cons: driver's seat is not quite deep enough (I have a 36' inseam)

    Advice: If you can get the package deal, I got buy it immediately.

    I would never have considered a Saturn. I drive 600 miles per week. I was considering a smaller 4- door sports car type vehicle, Mazda MP5, Toyota Matrix (180hp 6-spd), and Jetta TDI looking for four doors to haul my kids to school before racing to the office 75 miles away. All of these vehicles, were at or well over $18,000. Then I stopped in the Saturn dealer just to see the $10K anniversary special (too small, too underpowered). As I was leaving the sales rep said how about a truck $17,065, power everything, cruise control, sunroof and 5-speed 29 highway. I said your kidding... The next day I signed the contract, and after a three day search to get the right color (gold), I drove it home. When I show it to people, they invariably ask how much and when I tell them they invariably say 'You're kidding...'

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    2002 Saturn VUE - (M5) FWD

    Pros: Fun to drive. Good gas mileage. I expected a SUV to use a lot more gas than my 89 Mazda 626. But

    Cons: I wanted a longer warranty without extra charge. Other models offering 7 and 10 yr. warranties. Vue offered purchased extended warranty for 6 yr. Gas tank door does not lock.

    Advice: Buy it!

    Easy driving and manuvering. I purchased the 4-cyl, 5-speed manual transmission. Has plenty of power (city & highway). Price with the special $160 sports package (available for a limited time) could not be beat. Saturn dealership service was superb from beginning and is still ongoing.

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    2002 Saturn VUE - 4 CYL (CVT) AWD

    Pros: Dent resistant body panels

    Cons: Plastic interior

    Advice: NO CVT 4 cyl available until further notice which limits choices.

    The VUE is a unique SUV with a few little flaws. First off, there seems to be constant trouble getting the CVT transmission to work which has delayed production for months. This doesn't say much for Saturn or the Hungarians who manufacture the transmissions. All that aside, the V6 5 speed automatic is powerfull and well trusted from other Saturn models. The interior is gimiky and has way too much plastic for me. This may not bother some people but it cannot compare to others in its class. Since the rear has no spare tire blocking your view it rises above several others in rear crash tests repair costs. Other sniggles, once you add the costs of ABS and side curtain air bags the price matches the Toyota Highlander. Considering the resale values of Toyota, Saturn must consider lowering the base cost of this SUV. GM will use variants of this SUV for several lines starting this fall.