2001 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

2001 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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"reliable car" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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akasnacker writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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Easy on the gas!

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boxy handling

akasnacker
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Gas Saver With A 3rd Door! — Great car for the most part, good build quality but they used some cheaper parts to build it with. Its kinda rough on the transmission shifts sometimes but pretty smooth for an entry level car etc. Boxy handling not that great or smooth but she will go where u want just not as nice as my 2002 Pontiac Firebird can.

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bamendt writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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4

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very reliable, rarely has issues, great on gas, cheap maintenance costs, not an eye sore to look at, no blind spots

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goes through a lot of oil (not a leak), can kick when going from drive to reverse (have heard others with this issue with the same model, handling is not that great

bamendt
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Great Little Car — goes through a lot of oil (not a leak), can kick when going from drive to reverse (have heard others with this issue with the same model, handling is not that great... overall i am very please with the car!

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CastMember writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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This is my 5th Saturn. They are the most reliable, economic and sharpest looking cars, I have ever had. I wish that Saturn would have continued with the coupes!

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This is not for a family of 5! It has comfortable room for 4! But to exceed that would be very cramped.

CastMember
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The Best I Have Ever Owned! — I LOVE Saturn Coupes. Not fond of the Sedans or SUV! But to me this was the most affordable car, back when they first came out, and even now. I would take (buy) a ten year old Saturn...before getting a new car of any make given to me for free! Saturns are very safe, fuel efficient and fun to drive. I love the third door behind the driver side. It make loading groceries or "Mall buys" really easy! Looks sharp and fast! Very Sporty! I REALLY LOVE mine! I am selling my Gold one, because I just got my favorite Silver one! So if you want a great car...buy my Gold one!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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skizzo316 writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Reliable car, outstanding fuel efficiency for the available power.  Car handles like a dream, turn radius is very good.

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Not well suited for car seats

skizzo316
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Love My Saturn — If Saturn still made cars like this, I would continue to buy them. The handling, fuel efficiency and reliability of this car has been the best I have ever driven until now. I thoroughly enjoyed driving the SC2 and it is a car definitely worth owning.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Peter writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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Small, agile, decent power curve

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Floor-mats interfere with pedals, at times; can be sluggish on the throttle; Minor engine issues can add up (over/under revving while idling)

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Mini-tank With Power — Purchased this car about 8 years ago; was a bargain at around $1k under KBB, and 17k miles on it. Now, it's at nearly 110k miles, with only about $3k in major repairs over its life, with the original clutch and trans intact. Some issues I've had include: trunk light missing- irreplacable; backup lights have never worked (though I don't think my mechanic really looked at them); trunk release has never worked; manual transmission linkage bushing failed, necessitating $100 in shop fees (simply to have it diagnosed), though I repaired it myself for $20 (ebay is amazing); driver's seat is slowly falling apart; the interior feels cheap (well, it IS plastic, so yeah); limited options for upgrading. Overall, it's been an amazing vehicle. I currently commute from the desert back to LA every other weekend, sometimes more, due to family needs and visiting my girlfriend, and it handles every trip like a champ. It's not the most powerful engine, but I've dropped it into a lower gear on more than one occasion to speed past a truck or avoid a collision, and it's never left me wanting.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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minirhyde writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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Lots of cargo room

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Little tight in the front seats/shoulder room

minirhyde
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Reliable Vehicle — First, I must at admit this is my husband's car so personally I don't drive this one that often. He loves his stationwagon and always has the back full of stuff. This car has been very good on repairs and usually costs less to repair than our other cars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lee_2006 writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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great on gas milage

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none

Lee_2006
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Great Car For High School Kids And A To And From Work Car — Great car. It gets great gas mileage for being a manual transmission. I have had to do some work to it due to the A/C going out. But for having over 100000 miles on it it is still going strong.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cory writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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Economy

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if looking for luxury, more options

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Easy To Maintain Reliable Economically Efficent American Car! — Great simple CAR, not much more than we need. The Saturn is easy and cheap to maintain, have owned several and enjoy caring for them. Nothing to sporting or fancy but it gets you where you need to be, not a performance car but its fun to drive around town and commute in.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jerred writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Sporty looking, inexpensive compact, Innovative plastic panels look great even after years have piled on.

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Little aftermarket support, There are other cars that respond better to mods.

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Buy One For A Fun Daily. Buy Something Else If You Want To Be Fast In A Straight Line. — Saturn was GMs attempt at building a import competitor. They learned the Japanese way to design and build cars and handle workers. They were successful, and then threw it all away. The S-series was a great car in 1991, by 2001 is was still a good car, but had passed it's prime only being slightly revised over the years it was out gunned by its competitors. Still, what you got for you money was a good car, filled with that what made those early 90's Saturns so unique. You still got plastic body panels on a space frame. You still nimble steering and decent power. You got a great looking car that shrugs of the years and manages to still look relatively modern. And compared to the competition you got to keep a bit more money in you pocket. The S-series got heavier as the engines improved little. Towards the end of the model Saturn was being pulled into the GM family. I still view the car as superiors to any other GM small car at the time in every way except possibly the engine. The 1.9L LL0 design was ground breaking in terms of manufacturing. But the it's cousin the Ecotech, which was found in other small GM cars was a far better engine. S-series have never responded particularly well to modification. Again this is largely based on the LLO which is long stroked and basically a US only engine. With few markets to sell aftermarket performance parts in, The engine was not particularly attractive to performance companies. Still the S-series is a fun, well engineered car that costs little to get into. I was offered in high efficiency SOHC models and performance oriented DOHC optioned cars. You could also get it in Sedan, coupe and wagon configurations. With over 2 million made it is easy to find the one for you.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jared writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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Fuel efficient, looks good for a 2001

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Good luck accelerating after 2nd gear

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Fun, But Not Functinal -.- — meh, it has 100 hp, not much to make outta it, but i love its appearance. Just needs a bigger engine with moar powa! Doesnt cost much to drive, takes 20 bucks to go to cb. Awesomely fun to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Although The Car Has Some Issues, It Has More Positives Than Negatives. By NRL

Why you chose your car? I purchased my car because at the time my son was 10 years old. This made it a great car for me because the third door to the rear bench seat does not open unless the driver’... Read More

A Car To Have Faith In By otakugirl

Car is sleek on the outside and comfortable inside, even if it is a bit cramped. Great for cruising in town and on highway, but lacks a fast take off. I was hoping for more room in the trunk as we ten... Read More

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2000 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great Gas Mileage Car!!! By topsecretauto

This Car gets great gas mileage!!!! There's not a whole lot of room for tall people. But with that said, this really is a great car!! The gas mileage alone makes up for the lack of room in the back fo... Read More

Very Good Car Everyone Should Have One On The Track By patbrown

good on the track. needs a littel more speed. only running 5500 rpm's on the straight a way. great quailty car, doors are hard to destroy. lots of saturns on the track. good moters and easy to get par... Read More

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1999 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Great And Cheap By Lana

Had my saturn S for 7 yrs, 4th owner, paid 2000. replaced tranny and clutch, and did about 1500 bucks worth of repairs including that in those 7yrs. Since I bought it, horn doesn't work, and no one ca... Read More

I Dont Like Any Car That Isnt Reliable By billybobisbillybob

its hard to write a 40 word survey about a unrelaiable car but I might be able to make it to forty words if I keep writing about this unreliable car that's been sitting in my drive for a month. wait h... Read More

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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Wonder Full Car.... By Teresa

This is a great car for communing. It handles well and cruses like a jewel. Trunk space is ample and it is very reliable. This car is such an under-appreciated and over looked car. It has been very i... Read More

Great Car! By microWaves

I like everything about the car in general, nothing wrong with it um just a few little things need to be replaced. honestly I would recommend this car for a first timer, great for college and people w... Read More

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1997 Saturn S-Series Reviews

High On Looks, Low On Value By Dexturn

Sporty but proving expensive. Corners like a boat, parallel parking is a nightmare. Multiple blind spots due to window placements, heavy doors, low-to-ground seating. Bought this in the summer and it ... Read More

Good To Get Around In. By sciteacher

it's a basic car to get around in. It has a tight turning circle which makes its manuerving ability very nice. Good on gas. Has a nice look to it even for its age. Manual is hard on the knees. Read More

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