Saturn S-Series Ratings

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: keyless entry

    Cons: The over all pick up and go.

    Advice: Buy what makes you completely happy.

    It ran very smoothly. It has a very quiet engine which was a nice thing also. The people there were great!

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC2 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: Light Weight

    Cons: Wind Noise

    Advice: Watch out because police love this car!

    I have driven this car for 34,000 miles. I haven't had one major problem with it. I am now starting to upgrade it. There is great potential for upgrade just because of the Saturn specific performance shops.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Smooth-shifting and powerful engine

    Cons: Seats could be more comfortable

    Advice: Overall, is a good value for your money and comes with many good standard features (SL2 model)

    It drove very smoothly and steering was very responsive. it had good acceleration ad adequate braking (with ABS/traction control). The road noise was minimal and the upgraded stereo had good sound.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL (M5) Sedan

    Pros: safety cage

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: you can splurge b/c prices are reasonable!

    I wouldn't buy any other vehicle out on the market today. It saved my life. I was in an accident where the car flipped 3 times and slid into a tree backwards, the car was in pretty bad shape in the back where we hit but the driver and I sustained no injuries at all. The safety of this vehicle is exceptional. I am now a loyal customer of Saturn. I'm in the market for another vehicle and i want to buy another Saturn specifically for the safety it provides and also the car is 'sleek' and performs wonderfully, if taken proper care of.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SC2 (M5) Coupe

    Pros: The Sunroof!!!

    Cons: Nothing I was satisfied with it

    Advice: Its a smooth ride, that handles extremely well!

    When I took an SC2 for a test drive I knew I was going to own one.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL (M5) Sedan

    Pros: moon roof.

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: don't delay, pick one up they are great cars.

    This car is amazing, it is very roomy, it has zip to it and it looks incredible.

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    2002 Saturn S-Series - SL2 (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Unstoppable control on ice & water (but buy good tires).

    Cons: Cheezy interior fabric - like those 1970s velour shirts...

    Advice: Upgrade the interior to a sturdier cloth interior or use seat covers. The original interior damages too easily.

    We actually didn't even test drive it until after we decided to buy it! We didn't have as great an experience at the dealership as some have written about (it was OK) but that was the last reason we chose to buy the car. We bought this vehicle after it was returned by the original owner within the first 30 days of ownership (military restationed out of the country & couldn't take the vehicle with them). The tape deck malfunctioned after about 9 months and they replaced it for free while doing our normal warranty work - they didn't even ask! We've driven this thing through more than 3' of snow, 2' of standing water & slush, mud, rain, you name it, we've been through it. We commute 60+ miles each way 5 days/week and have more than 110,000 miles on the car now. We live in Southcentral Alaska and in the 6 years we've had our SL2, we managed to get it stuck ONCE when we high-centered it at the mailbox. We use good tires w/ studs in the winter, but no other vehicle we've owned compares (including the Honda Accord). The only major complaints we have are the cheesy interior, lack of comfort on long drives (we both have long legs & even the front is uncomfy after about 4 hours or so), the wimpy door seals whose glue couldn't stand up to our cold temperatures, and the expense involved in replacing body panels. We had 1 accident 2 weeks after we bought it and the flex panels were so cold (-10F) that they shattered upon impact at less than 20MPH. The other guy's pocketbook was pretty sore - $1800 worth of damage because he hit 3 panels & shattered chunks out of all of them. Ouch. We love our Saturn dealership as they are always willing to go the extra mile. Our alternator quit 5,000 miles after the extended warranty expired (by miles not by time) and because it was so close, they split the replacement cost with us. Overall, the best thing about this car is the amazing control for turning, stopping, and general maneuvering on ice. It has great power and a very low center of gravity. We've never found ourselves ditch-diving with it. DEFINITELY buy the Lifetime Oil Change wherein you get free oil changes (except cost of filter) every 90 days or 3000 miles for $189 up front. Of course, don't buy this if you plan to sell the vehicle or move before this service pays for itself, it's only good for one owner of the car at one dealership. We have our oil changed about once a month because we drive so much and they do our warranty service at the same time. I would like this car more if they offered a better quality & more ergonomic interior.