2002 Saturn S-Series User Reviews

2002 Saturn S-Series Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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"fuel economy" 24 reviews
"ride" 11 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"oil" 5 reviews
"small power" 3 reviews
"light" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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NRL writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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4

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It runs good, it only has 74,500 + miles, and it gets good gas mileage.

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The car has 12 + years of wear and tear:

The paint job, when up close shows its age.
It is not too bad though.

The dashboard flickers on and off every once in a while.
Not that often though.

The check engine soon light is always on.
It has been stuck on for about 6 years. I’ve had 3 mechanics fail to find the problem.
No leaks, but I do check the fluids once a week and do routine service on the car.

The A/C stopped working about 8 years ago.
I like the heat so I never had it fixed.

NRL
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Although The Car Has Some Issues, It Has More Positives Than Negatives. — 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’s door is open. How you use your car? I drive around locally. I go to appointments, the beach, fishing, and pleasure cruising. How long you've had and how far you've driven your car? I purchased my car in May 2002. I paid about $12,000 for it. The car had about 4,000 miles on it. It was repossessed for nonpayment. Most of my driving was in Massachusetts. In the winter I put 4 snow tires on it. I changed them at the end of April and beginning of November. In February 2013 I moved to Alabama. The trip was approximately 1,400 miles. The car has 74,500 + miles on it right now. Also, it has never been in an accident. What you enjoy about your car? I enjoy driving the car. I fit nicely into the driver’s seat and in the drivers’ area. I think it is very comfortable. I like the third door. It does not open unless the driver’s door is open. The car has a 1.25” receiver hitch. I was able to tow my motorcycle to Alabama from Massachusetts. I have a 1.25" Hitch Cargo Basket 48" x 20" to move things that will not fit into the car. However, I only used it once because it is smaller than I need. I purchased a 60” x 24” cargo basket that is perfect for my needs. What you would change or improve about your car? This sounds weird but I would love to add a lift kit to the car. The only reason I’m selling the car is because of medical issues. I have a difficult time sliding down into the car seat and pulling myself up out of the car. I’d keep the car forever if this issue could be resolved inexpensively. Appearance, Build Quality and Performance: I love how it looks, it’s black with black interior and looks a tad sporty with the factory rear spoiler. Saturn is a quality GM car. There are no factory defects that I know of. The gas mileage is good, I get approximately 26-28 MPG city driving. I do not know what the highway mileage is but I did get really good MPG’s on the trip from Massachusetts. Its performance is okay. It’s not a speed demon, it gets you from point A to point B to point C then back to point A reliably. I really do love my car. It has treated me good over the years.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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otakugirl writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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4

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Great gas mileage, reliable

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Not much power/"get up and go"

otakugirl
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A Car To Have Faith In — 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 tend to haul around a lot of stuff for family trips, but I guess that's Tetris' way of finally paying off. Haven't had any major issues come up, which is great because after the last car I had, I don't need another money pit!

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STouchton writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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Excellent gas mileage and reliable. Repair costs always seemed fair.

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Had to make one major repair to replace transmission. Also had to replace a/c compressor.

STouchton
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Reliable And Efficient — 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 quickly as some higher powered cars, so I do have to make sure I've got room before pulling out onto the road. The pro to this is that it has forced me to be a more careful driver, which should be happening anyway.

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Jade writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC2 Coupe Review
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AMAZING

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Nothing

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Just Adored This If You Have Kids Buy This Car For Theyre First Car — 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 from miles away it got alot of attention the stock stereo system had amazing bass

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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cdg010 writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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5

Pros

No blind spots, Easy to maintain (I change my own oil), simple car. My car came with a CD player which was a plus when I was looking for a car. It has manual windows which is fine.

Cons

Going up hills, The engine can be loud at about 70. Leg room in the back but I don't sit back there.

cdg010
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My First Car. — Very underrated car. With the right modifications the car can look great. The interior is ok also. Has stitched floor mats. Soft touch materials. The car is fun to modify and add to. Doing an engine swap would be interesting. Get wider tires also for handling.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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TowsonTat writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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Gas mileage, reliability, price of insurance

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Acceleration is slower than a V6 or V8

TowsonTat
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A Great Car — I love the reliability and the price of insurance (dirt cheap) and love the gas mileage which is always between 35-40 mpg city AND highway. I never had a 4-cylinder car before this and miss the acceleration power of a Honda. But, it is way more worth it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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BigQ07 writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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Excellent gas mileage, very low maintenance. Keep the oil changed and they run forever

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When they get into the higher mileage, they burn about a quart of oil between oil changes

BigQ07
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Smart Economical Buy — I like that the rear seats fold down and my dog can ride in the back. Great on gas mileage and maintenance. Most maintenance is routine like brakes. Most things you can fix your self or grab parts from junk yard. This is my second. The first one was my Moms, then mine then my sisters. This is my second and I haven't had any maintenance issues. It's a 5spd so even more gas savings!

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Corey writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL1 Sedan Review
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This car is pretty customizable. They don't get as much attention as the other cars but oh well.

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I hate that my S-Series didn't come with a sunroof. haha Every Saturn I see with it I get jealous. And the back seats are a little tight. Not for people over 5'10 or 11. But I'm riding in the front so it does'nt matter.

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You Can't Knock It Til You Try It. — This is a great car for a college student like me. It is great for little projects. I'd pick this car over a Honda in a flash now that I know how good Saturns are. The S-Series is turning out to be my favorite.

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PJa writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL2 Sedan Review
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The car has no dents, or scratches on it. It's in excellent condition.

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the only problem I've had was that I had to get a new key ignition. otherwise no problems at all.

PJa
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My Baby — Excellent car fot a students first car, it's good on gas, excellent condition interior, exterior is in excellent condition with no dents, or scratches. good brakes,safe car for any one looking for an excellent car to drive to school or work everyday.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dave writes:
2002 Saturn S-Series 3 Dr SC1 Coupe Review
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could beat it up and it still drove

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no power

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Decent Car — good quality car for when i had it. it was a little slow on the acceleration but didnt do that bad. it was fairly cheap car to by. it was fun in the winter t drive aswell. it was great on gas no matter how you dorve it. the thing never died no matter how hard i drove it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Saturn S-Series Reviews

Gas Saver With A 3rd Door! By akasnacker

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. Bo... Read More

Great Little Car By bamendt

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 th... 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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