2001 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

2001 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 33 reviews

  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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"fuel economy" 18 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"reliable car" 8 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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minirhyde writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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4

Pros

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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Jay writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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uniqness, economy, economical

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poor build quality

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A Reliable Saturn? — generally a decent cheap car. automatic version was sluggis, but the twin-cam mated to the close-ratio 5 speed has proved to be a good combo in a car this light. Granted a backpack full of performance upgrades has made this car one of my favorites to drive. 330,000kms, and still going strong

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

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Kara writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SW2 Wagon Review
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Resilient

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Power steering is rubbish

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It's Served Me Well So Far, But I Can't Wait For A New One. — It's held up for eight years, but you have to strong-arm the wheel to get anywhere. The turning radius would barely clear Saturn ITSELF. Once you get to know its quirks and shortcomings, it's an all right car and will last you several years. Well, until the exhaust goes south and gaskets start coming loose.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matt writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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It's great on gas, and is very agile.  IT has a surprising amount of balls for such a small car and it can powerslide very easily because of sporty suspension.

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It is very limited power wise.  Of course it gets around fine (now that i'm done fixing the problems I made) but a sporty car is recomended.

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This Is A 2001 Saturn Sl2 With A 1.9 Litre 4-cylinder Dohc Engine. I — It's only a 4-cylinder so it's only capable of only so much power and such. Aside from that though it is very compact but everything has an extremely easy access to parts and fuses. It didn't come with rims so I have the holy crap rims and it has high wall tires so i can't take corners as fast as I want to some times. Other than that the car is amzingly sturdy for being 90% fiber glass and for a sedan. It only weighs 2,430 lb. with 124 hp (stock of course) as 5,200 RPM and 122 ft. lb. of torque at 5,200 RPM. However I do NOT recomend this style of car to my friends, unless they want an economical car.

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

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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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dwalt4719 writes:
2001 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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Good gas mileage.

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Tight fit for a larger person.

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Overall Nice Car! — Consistently gets around 28 MPG. Really comfortable car for the smaller driver. The back seats are especially cramped for a bigger person. The third door makes getting things out of the back quite easy. A nice sporty little car. Would make a good second or school car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Reliable And Efficient By STouchton

This was my first financed car. I was always happy with it, and it never left me stranded anywhere. I like the look of it, as it's an economical car, yet has a sporty look. It doesn't accelerate as qu... Read More

Just Adored This If You Have Kids Buy This Car For Theyre First Car By Jade

I loved this car it was my baby but i had to get rid of it because i needed a truck it was a 5 speed i loved shifting it had a custom exhaust system and made it sound beast people could hear my car ... 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

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

Inexpensive Utilitarian Workhorse By TheHorror

I purchased my Saturn wagon in 2006, with 52k on the odometer. I was looking for a reliable and efficient daily driver, no frills necessary. Having no high expectations for performance, style or luxur... Read More

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1998 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Good Family Car, Great Gas Mileage By MSJ

This is a great day-to-day car, for any sort of commuting or errand-running. Great for road trips, as it has good storage and fantastic mpg on the highway. The lack of power-steering is a bit cumber... Read More

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1997 Saturn S-Series Reviews

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

Reliable Commuter By shi98013

I have enjoyed driving this car. It has been reliable. Once around 200,000 miles started to top off oil when refueling. only issues is sometimes hard to start, 1 power window periodically fails, 1 ... Read More

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