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Stormgirl_LP
10-08-2007, 05:05 PM
What model and how many miles have you gotten out of your L car?

My goal is to get to 150K. I'm at 95 now. In 2002, I got a very fair deal on a used 2000 LS1 with only 12K. NOT a lease replacement. I saw the car dirty, and I could have eaten off the floor, it was that clean.

Last month I had it at the dealership and the service manager started heckling me that I'd never get 150K out of the car and I'd be back in a few months shopping. He said this was because the L series is crap and it'll by by 100K. Well that's it for me an Saturn basically...but I still thinK I can get 150 out of it.

Robman
10-08-2007, 05:20 PM
you can get more

2001 L200 57,*** miles ^

tomlct
10-08-2007, 06:57 PM
2003 LW200, 65K, still runs great.

fred2003
10-08-2007, 07:25 PM
You can get MUCH,MUCH more.
My 2003 LW 300 has 114,000 miles on it, and it runs like it is brand new.

Take care of your ride,and it will last a long time.

Change your oil & filter REGULARLY-this is the number one item.
Do ALL scheduled maintainence-this is just as important as the oil & filter.:yes:

born again
10-08-2007, 09:42 PM
I am at 234,000 km, er, about 146,000 miles. I am just starting to get indications that the engine is "tired". But otherwise, all is good.

ozdarkangel
10-08-2007, 09:50 PM
Coming up on 85k, running fine, odometer light went out, clutch has 55k. Everything is good.

frostypanic
10-09-2007, 08:28 PM
I'm at 138K on a 03' and 116K on a 00'. Both cars run like new and I wouldn't hesitate a minute before jumping in either car and driving cross-country. Did a 2K round trip in the 00' this summer and just finished a 1700 mile round trip averaging 30mpg with the AC blasting the whole trip.

Brian

dyycxgm
10-09-2007, 09:25 PM
I now have 185500 miles mostly trouble free,2000 l series:)

L100andSW2
10-10-2007, 06:13 AM
133,598 miles on a 2002 L100. Little wear, should be able to double that. You might too...

david93073
10-10-2007, 03:26 PM
well Im getting ready to roll 200,000 miles on my 2000 LS!:D I guess in a couple my more weeks Ill be doing the ole 200,000 mile tune-up:)

dyycxgm
10-10-2007, 07:50 PM
Still running great with 297000 km on my lsi.My old 95 sl1 rolled 307000km today besides burning about 2.5 litres of oil per oil change all is good.

Nieser
10-15-2007, 10:18 PM
101,000 miles on a 2001 LS. Had my timing chain go out on me at 85,000 though - not a fun repair.

davepoor
10-16-2007, 06:02 AM
133,000 - still running good. Only major repairs were an airconditioning line (corroded/rubbed through where aluminum pipe went through a bracket - leaked) brake job at 90K. Follow the maintenance schedule. Follow the severe maintenance schedule if your driving includes getting stuck in traffic and stop and go driving, or occasional towing (I have ~4,000 miles towing).
If you have the 4 cyl, check out the NHRA front drive drags. The Ecotech (2.2) and the L850 (2.2) are the same engine. They have 700 - 900 horsepower coming out of those 4 cylinder engines with just minor mods to the block.

loguesmith
10-16-2007, 12:23 PM
There are two L's in the family.

I've got an '03 L300 ... bought new in November 2002. Currently has 65K on the clock. Don't get me started with the issues I've had ... 2 BCM's, full brake job (rotors, pads and calipers), leaky transaxle seal.

Step son has an '01 L200 ... bought used in November 2004 with just over 100K on it. He is at 159K and still going strong. Has had to replace the struts and shocks and put new tires on it, but otherwise it's been reasonably reliable.

akarcz99
10-16-2007, 02:27 PM
2002 L200, 4 cylinder (purchaed 3rd qtr 01). 146,000 miles. Just replaced the struts and got its first alignment today. Otherwise a very reliable car only othr issues were oxygen sensor followed by catalytic convertor replacement and the heating coil which went bad. Still have original timing belt. Rear brakes last forever and I replace every 90,000 miles, front brakes every 70,000. I do not follow the maint schedule. First tune up was at 140,000 miles.

vonFrenchie
10-16-2007, 04:01 PM
'02 L300 with 61k. Ive only had problems with the tail lights outside of the routine tire replacement.

L100
10-17-2007, 09:49 PM
143000 on my L100 5 speed.

Repaired over the last year or so:

Ignition Lock
Starter


Replaced plugs and plug boots.

Major repairs:

Clutch slave cylinder at 39000 (under warranty)
Turn Signal switch (60,000)
Intermediate shaft (71,000)
A/C hose (92000)

me2003
10-20-2007, 08:06 PM
LW300 Less than 80K and the engine block cracked, all maintenance done when due and never driven hard mostly highway miles. I think mine was a lemon from the start.

jackmroz
10-27-2007, 10:16 AM
My '96 SL-2 has around 125,000 miles on it , while our '03 L-300 has about 70,000. Both have been pretty dependable with the exception of a few glitches that the dealer handled.

I'm still not able to find replacement front struts for the '03 for a reasonable price. The dealer wants $160 each, cash and carry...

L100
10-27-2007, 02:21 PM
My '96 SL-2 has around 125,000 miles on it , while our '03 L-300 has about 70,000. Both have been pretty dependable with the exception of a few glitches that the dealer handled.

I'm still not able to find replacement front struts for the '03 for a reasonable price. The dealer wants $160 each, cash and carry...

OUCH!!!

I would try saturnparts.com. I guess the big box auto parts stores don't carry struts for the car?

Sky Pilot
10-31-2007, 10:01 PM
Just turned 51K on our 2003 LW300, runs like new!!

kickarse
11-01-2007, 10:43 AM
2001 L200 w/ 99,700mi

Daveak
11-05-2007, 01:29 PM
I will hit 79,000 in a couple miles. I am the original owner of a 2000 LS1 and I keep it well maintained (synthetic fuids, follow the maintence schedule for a heavy use vehicle). Runs great, no problems worth mentioning, Except for this occasional squeek/ rattle in the middle of the dash....... New Clutch assembly and tail lights both replaced under warranty.

Love the car. I am quite certain it is good for another 79,000+ and the only thing I really need to do is do a better job of cleaning the interior.....

IceMan2
11-10-2007, 08:47 PM
160000+ miles on 2000 LW2

94Slo1
11-13-2007, 04:05 PM
I have a 94 sl1 with 174,000 miles....i owned chevettes for the past 12 years and just got this saturn and love it. I know there is alot of talk about sl1's being slow but compared to what i have been driving, it seems fast.:yes:

Paddywad
11-14-2007, 08:31 AM
I have 99,4xx on my L200. Runs strong and still drives well, especially after replacing the front struts.

Alan Kirkwood
11-14-2007, 09:40 AM
106K on our 2000 LS2. The only trouble we've had is an exploded battery (removed the battery blanket and threw it away) and the hinge on the center console broke. Oh, yea... both sway bar links have worn out, sloppy and started knocking. It's an easy/cheap fix though. Just annoying to have to do it.

We also use fully synthetic lubricants. (M-1 if you're interested)

My only complaint is the timing belt that comes on the V6. I need to get on that right away but I'm too stubborned to let the dealership do it and I can't find the alignment kit to do it myself.

BrianD
11-14-2007, 07:51 PM
Purchased 3 years old with 70,000 km

200,000 km on 2000 ls1 4cyl. lots of problems 2 timing chains and new cylinder head $5,000. Defective ignition module failed the catalytic converter 1,500. Rear Wheel bearings $1,200 , Cooling Fan Control Module and Power Control Module $1,000 etc etc etc.

I tend to stick with cars for about 12 years so we'll see if I finally get my money out of it. Won't continue with it past the next major failure.

My brother in law has 500,000km on a Toyoto Tercel, might be my last GM.

Live in Oshawa where the largest North American GM Assembly plant is so thought I would give them another shot.

I'm pretty sure the timing chain will fail again, soon. Might be worth changing it on spec.

Mr. Callaway
11-17-2007, 08:02 AM
2002 LW 200 has about 190,000 mi.
Never rests. Changed oil, tires, axel, fuel pump, headlight switch and some emmisions sensor near the fuel tank filler tube.
I think it has the original plugs?
Still runs well and looks like new. I'd consider replacing engine and tranny if these ever wear out.

Daveak
11-19-2007, 05:31 PM
In my previous post I said 79,000 I actually have just over 72,000........ Everything else is the same:zzz:

frostypanic
11-20-2007, 08:46 PM
Just hit 144K on 03' and 118K on 00'. Going to flush rad, tranny service and 4 wheel alignment on 03 at 150K. At 200K i will replace the 03', and will keep the 00' until we add to the family.

Brian

busguy847
11-20-2007, 09:33 PM
84,500 kms in a little over 5 years:cool:

tmthomp
11-21-2007, 10:24 AM
I have just about 109k miles on mine...

Just finished up doing wheel bearings, struts, cv half shaft (one side), stabilizer links.

L200Pilot
11-21-2007, 11:01 AM
I should hit 200K by the weekend. Only problem was a fuel pump that died, but I'm starting to have some problems with the auto transmission.

L100
11-21-2007, 10:31 PM
I am at 234,000 km, er, about 146,000 miles. I am just starting to get indications that the engine is "tired". But otherwise, all is good.

What do you mean by tired? I have exactly the same number of miles on mine. I need new tires and need to replace a bent rim. Otherwise, this car is running very well.

Idle is generally very smooth and the car seems to accelerate almost like new.

I bet I'll get 200k out of it easy.

fish_skier
11-23-2007, 02:34 PM
140K on a 2001 LW2, original plugs and wires still runs good.

Major Repairs all between 80K and 100K
Catalytic converter
BCM
Tie rod, steering rack, steering pump

dyycxgm
11-23-2007, 07:52 PM
As of November 23 the Lseries rolled 300000 km and the old sl1 now has 309000 km .who says North American cars are junk I have had pretty good luck with both of mine.:p

retchoo
01-17-2008, 09:33 PM
2000 LS has 256,000 miles. No problems.

alg959
01-18-2008, 11:42 AM
2001 L300 107k miles

engine is still running like new

interior is getting a little noisy, but not bad

only notable problem was related to brake calipers sticking and needing to be replaced along with pads a rotors due to resulting damage

Cavic
01-21-2008, 10:06 PM
129,000 on a 2001 L200.

The only problem was that the o rings in the heater core had to be replaced (under $1, my labor).

I can't over emphasize the importance of oil and filter change every 3000 and to flush the Auto trans at 30 -40K. Change the brake fluid at 30K and the power steering fluid at 50K. Antifreeze at 30K.

If you don't do that maintenance, don't complain if you have problems.

Antifreeze lubricates the water pump, which is a pain to change.

Power steering fluid becomes contaminated and can lead to premature failure, which is expensive.

It's a lot cheaper and easier to flush the auto trans fluid every few years than to repair or replace thge transmission.

born again
01-22-2008, 05:51 PM
What do you mean by tired? I have exactly the same number of miles on mine. I need new tires and need to replace a bent rim. Otherwise, this car is running very well.

Idle is generally very smooth and the car seems to accelerate almost like new.

I bet I'll get 200k out of it easy.
I think I have resolved the problem I was having. I put the car in to an indie SAAB mechanic who is also good on L's. He replaced the plugs and the thermostat and said everything looks good. Fuel economy has improved and now running much smoother.

hairymon
01-28-2008, 08:41 PM
Hearing these stories about 200K L-series makes me feel good. Bought mine new at end of 2002 model year. Have almost 104,000 miles on it. Only major repairs so far were a fuel pump a year ago and the BCM today. Can't believe the gas mileage on a car this size (I have the LW200 wagon), one time on a 300 mile trip with the cruise control set at about 60 I actually got almost 35 mpg! I commute 25 miles each way 5 days/week on mostly highway and still average about 25 or 26 mpg. Great car!

cashsimpson
01-29-2008, 03:54 PM
just bought a 2002 l300 in perfect shape for $4000!! it only has 101k ....nice!

Cincy Saturn
01-29-2008, 06:11 PM
just bought a 2002 l300 in perfect shape for $4000!! it only has 101k ....nice!

Check the service records... 100k is time for scheduled maintenance. People ditch a car to avoid a $1500 shop fee. Tax & title and plate on a new car is more than $1500... economics makes a used car a bargain even if you shell out for a new timing belt, waterpump, alternator, fuel pump, and BCM.:us:

frostypanic
01-31-2008, 08:46 PM
Just hit 152K.

:D

PEBLUM
01-31-2008, 10:43 PM
2003 LW200, 114,000 miles- Fuel Pump at about 65K and the A/C climate control system is still annoying and has never worked as it should...otherwise I would certainly buy this vehicle again. Wish a domestic car maker would make a desirable wagon.

Silverl300
08-24-2010, 12:11 AM
2003 l300 72000 runs awesome. had some tranny problems in the past but all is well.

cavalier
08-24-2010, 06:07 PM
2000 LS1

Rolled passed the 206,000 mile mark and will hit 207,000 miles likely by next week sometime.

Based on what the engine looked like when it was taken apart to replace the timing chain (no damage to valves) around 6,000 miles ago I fully expect to reach the 300,000 mile mark - God willing - and beyond with this car.

The power band is still as good as the day I drove it off the dealer's lot more than a decade ago.

Mobile 1 synthetic + Chevron Techron fuel system cleaner = car's best friend.

The car still gets plenty of compliments as when it's cleaned up those polymer panels shine as good as new.

Best car I've ever.....and will likely ever.....own.

danf
08-25-2010, 03:37 PM
136K on my 2001 LW300. Original owner.

Did major stuff around 93K when water pump went out. . .so replaced timing chain.

New BCM around 50K. . .and it had not worked properly from the get-go, so if I'd had known that it was supposed to lock the doors, I'd have gotten a new one.

Other than that, alternator a bit over 100K also the 100K tune-up and tranny fluid change.

Right now dealing with some engine missing issues, trying to eliminate causes one by one.

But happy with the car.

phatboy
08-25-2010, 05:49 PM
121K on my 2001 L300.

Garciavision
08-27-2010, 01:27 PM
82k and 9.5 yrs old

Paradoxmaker
08-27-2010, 08:06 PM
2002 LW 300 and i'm up to about 133,000

zmanski
08-30-2010, 05:05 PM
My 2000 L series just turned 146,000 miles and my 2001 S series has over 210,000.

OldGoatDJ
08-31-2010, 03:04 PM
2000 LW1, 164,000 miles. I drive 35K a year commuting to/from work. I do all my own maintenance and repair work so I know it is done correctly.

64waves
09-10-2010, 08:09 PM
Think there is another thread about mileage, but I will contribute to this one. I have 2 Red 2000 LS2s 3.0, One is my work car, 241K, bought it with 37.5K on it. When a dealer gave me a story that the car was toast, found another with 76K on it. So now I have two. Newer one is cushier, leather, heated seats, wing. Hope to have that one for a long time. Love my cars. Wish I could upload a photo, but the transfer fails. :(

MatthewTXL200
09-15-2010, 04:15 PM
2003 L200 4 Cylinder with..........167,000! Runs like a GEM!

tomdkat
09-20-2010, 04:31 PM
I have a 2003 LW300 I bought used in 2005. When I bought it, it had 14,934 miles on it. Right now, it's got 178,850 miles or so on it. :)

Peace...

rinyotsu
09-21-2010, 01:59 PM
My L200 clocked 132xxx before the timing chain broke. I got a new engine with about 40k on it and I've driven a year on it in december 2010, so it put on about 10k.

cavalier
09-21-2010, 05:51 PM
2000 LS1

Just rolled past 208,000 miles today.

She goes in for her 200,000 mile service (rad flush and fill, tune up and transmission tune up) this week.

The only L I've seen with higher mileage (with the 2.2 EcoTech 4-banger) is on cars.com, where a non-profit is selling an L donated to the organization with 256,000 miles on it.

64waves
09-22-2010, 12:25 PM
I am currently at 242K. I also have another L, same year, make, model and color at 85K. :D

frostypanic
09-22-2010, 11:52 PM
165k on the 00 L. Cars runs like new. Shooting for 200K!!:

sold 03 w/188k a few years back.

D

dan7
09-23-2010, 09:39 PM
At 180K on a 01 wagon 2.2 engine, experienced low compression on all cylinders and lost the timing chain. Currently replacing with a used engine (50K) as the car still looks and drives like new.

gfunke
09-24-2010, 03:52 PM
2001 L200 - 2.2 L, ~200k miles

aalegrete
09-25-2010, 02:58 PM
Original owner 2001 L300 almost going to turn 200,000.:D While I have had some issues, the car continues to run great. Have always maintained it on schedule although I have ran it a few times to 5K before oil changes. The car continues to run strong and I have almost as much power as when it was new, but I can't seem to get better than 22-23 miles on the highway. Was about 24-25 when new. Repairs are as follows...

Key & Steering lock replaced 7 years ago - dealer repaired
Computer system replaced 5 years ago -dealer repaired
100k maintenance - dealer repaired
Heater core replaced at 100k - dealer repaired
Struts at 150k - myself
O2 sensor last year - myself
A/C compressor replaced last Jan - Midas repaired
200k maintenance, rear oil seal, torque converter leak last month - dealer
After 200k maintenance multiple problems appeared and I think caused by the dealer...
- A/C Compressor and High pressure hose failed - dealer repaired
- Radiator leaking - replace myself
- Right CV boot broken started throwing grease around - replace new axle myself
- Heater core to heater hose leak - I will fix.

I've been very happy with this car and hope to get another 200k out of it.

squiggle
09-27-2010, 02:48 PM
89,000 03 lw300

cps a few years ago, new windshield a few years ago, transaxles this year, tires

ricksLS1
09-27-2010, 06:26 PM
My 2000 LS1 which hit 10 years old this past July has 116,000 miles. Just had a spring break so to replace both and a wheel alignment was about $500. The AC had some major componets replaced 2 years back. Runs great and looks good except for a few paint scratches.

The VUE Vti died at almost 8 years and 77,000 miles. I took the $5000 GM gave me towars a new vehilce and bought a 2010 Chevy Equinox. The Nox is far superior to the VUE.

JazzMaster
09-29-2010, 06:22 PM
my '02 L300 has 170000km... I changed the original timing belt last month... $$$$$$$

admiralbrown
09-30-2010, 12:04 PM
Do your maintenance and 200,000 should be attainable. Most important being never letting the oil get down by even half a quart and regular 4,000-5,000 mile oil changes.
Our 2002 L300 has 160,000 plus on it, almost all by my wife. The automatic transmission slips a bit between 1st and second and 2nd and third. We replaced the MAF but still get the occasional zero time shift. We had the catalytic converter ceramic matrix break on the rear set of cylinders. We had to get a new body control module. And the rear power door locks are no longer power. Other than that it has been a very dependable car.
But we plan on replacing it next spring with either a 2011 Ford Fiesta or a 2012 Ford Focus. We just don't want to pay the gas bill for a six cylinder automatic.

admiralbrown
09-30-2010, 12:05 PM
Oh I forgot about the cps failing, but that was minor and easy to diagnose thanks to this forum.

skywolf
09-30-2010, 11:59 PM
Original owner, 2002 L200. hit 76K last weekend. Regular maintenance aside, only the ignition coils have been replaced. It's been pampered, especially in the last year.

mattachuz
10-04-2010, 03:10 PM
2000 LS1 with 169643 miles.

Aman1001
10-05-2010, 05:45 PM
I have 01 Ls1 with almost 306,000 km on it and still goin strong.

cavalier
11-12-2010, 03:04 PM
Just rolled past the 211,000 mile mark this morning.

2000 Saturn LS1 (2.2 4)

dondono63
11-16-2010, 03:23 PM
03 L300 turning 180,000 this week. I've had it since new and wonder if it will beat my 94 Camaro V6 which had 285,000 miles before it died.

It's been a terrific car!

Don

leoperales
11-24-2010, 08:36 AM
2000 LS1 2.2L and it just rolled past 234,000 miles...Still running great. Gas mileage: 30-32 mpg on the highway/24-28 mpg in the city. :cool:

mattachuz
11-24-2010, 01:19 PM
just hit 172k the other day now. lol

Joseph_Benning
11-29-2010, 01:01 AM
260,000

ProDriver77
12-04-2010, 06:07 PM
Bought my 2001 L-200 5-Speed last February with 141,000 miles on it and currently at 156,000.

So far, only major repair has been a fuel pump.

Just had annual State Inspection today and everything is still tight and strong!

This is my 2nd Saturn (first was a '93 SL2). I'll be keeping this one until she's dead!

halmiles
12-14-2010, 12:18 AM
What model and how many miles have you gotten out of your L car?

My goal is to get to 150K. I'm at 95 now. In 2002, I got a very fair deal on a used 2000 LS1 with only 12K. NOT a lease replacement. I saw the car dirty, and I could have eaten off the floor, it was that clean.

Last month I had it at the dealership and the service manager started heckling me that I'd never get 150K out of the car and I'd be back in a few months shopping. He said this was because the L series is crap and it'll by by 100K. Well that's it for me an Saturn basically...but I still thinK I can get 150 out of it.

My wife has 85K on hers. Sounds like the service mgr gets a commission if he steers a customer from the service dept to the sales floor.

cavalier
12-14-2010, 05:55 PM
My wife has 85K on hers. Sounds like the service mgr gets a commission if he steers a customer from the service dept to the sales floor.

I agree totally.

In fact, if the service manager talked smack like that, I'd probably never go back to that particular dealership.

The fact that he's essentially wishing your car will die at 100,000 miles makes me question if they're actually doing all the service work your asking them to, or if they're doing any preventative inspections that could help prolong the life of your car.

Seriously, find another place to go as long as this jacktard is working behind the counter.

Oh, and if you do return to that dealership tell the service manager I just rolled passed 212,000 miles on my Saturn LS1 and that I said, "SUCK IT!" to his "Saturns are crap" theory.

I'd also find out who his boss is within the dealership and go to them (the owner if you have to) and tell them his employee is badmouthing a customer's car .

I'm betting when he catches wind of that you won't be seeing the service manager anymore upon your next visit because he'll be in the unemployment line - where given his attitude toward customer's vehicles he deserves to be.

mattachuz
12-15-2010, 11:42 AM
I agree totally.

In fact, if the service manager talked smack like that, I'd probably never go back to that particular dealership.

The fact that he's essentially wishing your car will die at 100,000 miles makes me question if they're actually doing all the service work your asking them to, or if they're doing any preventative inspections that could help prolong the life of your car.

Seriously, find another place to go as long as this jacktard is working behind the counter.

Oh, and if you do return to that dealership tell the service manager I just rolled passed 212,000 miles on my Saturn LS1 and that I said, "SUCK IT!" to his "Saturns are crap" theory.

I'd also find out who his boss is within the dealership and go to them (the owner if you have to) and tell them his employee is badmouthing a customer's car .

I'm betting when he catches wind of that you won't be seeing the service manager anymore upon your next visit because he'll be in the unemployment line - where given his attitude toward customer's vehicles he deserves to be.

amen to that! lol 173k on my 00ls1

64waves
07-22-2011, 09:52 PM
Just about to hit 255K on my one, and 98K on the other.

ProDriver77
07-24-2011, 09:40 PM
Just to update: Currently at 167K on my '01 L-200 Manual. Only issues so far have been a fuel pump and currently an A/C compressor that needs replaced (clutch won't engage). Hoping to find a used one cheap, since a new one is about $400.

cavalier
07-25-2011, 01:51 PM
Will hit 222,000 miles by this Friday on my 2000 LS1.

Since timing chain was redone back in April of 2010 (no bent valves, chain basically wore out) have only had to replace the battery.

Mobile 1 10W-30 and Chevron Techron fuel additive keys to keeping a car running for a loooooooooong time.

walt848
07-26-2011, 05:45 PM
2002 L200 with only 75,000 miles on it. Currently working on the famous electrical issues we all share. Auto Door Llocks, Remotes quit, Dash lights, etc. Probably a bad BCM, but not sure just yet.. Nothing major though so far (Knock on wood)!!!

Sterling Archer
07-31-2011, 11:38 AM
Just picked one up with 122k. Other than crappy fuel economy (it had the original spark plugs), it seems to drive fine.

Djc4881
08-15-2011, 11:46 AM
Just reached 120k on my 2002 L-200. Just made a trip from Atlanta to Orlando. Only problems I currently have is intermittent ABS firing and check engine light that was checked out to be no problem at all (system works great, they recommend PCM replacement). Drives great and got 32mpg on the trip.

Mr.Bull
09-05-2011, 07:11 AM
I bought my 01 L200 brand new and have 204K on the car now. I have replaced the breaks once and installed a new clutch at 120k. The exhaust manifold gave out the AC does not work, the body control module gave out and now I am starting to have electrical problems. Other than that the car starts up and runs great!

Saturn102
09-06-2011, 11:59 AM
2001 L 200, 218,000, no major problems, although I have a P0410 code, bought it new in May 2001, mobil 1 since new, air and fuel filters at least 2 x a year, looks good and runs strong

milage has went from 33 to 23 and coolant temp has increased....

Parts ...Try GMpartscenter.net for parts, usually cheaper than dealer.

Glasact
09-08-2011, 12:13 PM
My wife's "02 L200" just turned over 21,000 miles. Just to play it safe, I am going to upgrade the timing chain tensioner before I put it into winter storage. It looks and drives like new.

My "00 LS2" had just turned over 109,000 miles when I sold it. It had new timing belt, plugs, water pump, accessory belt, tires and struts. Ready for it's next 100K. I just purchased an "09 Aura XR V6" to replace it.:D

My younger brother just rolled over 164K on his "02 L200" He said it is still much more dependable than his Dodge Durango with 30,000 miles on it. He did say his air conditioning had suddenly stopped working just the other day.

Kingman94
11-26-2011, 10:54 PM
2000 LS1 2.2 - Turned 414,000 today - yes, 414,000. On it's 3rd battery, 2nd alternator, 1 strut & spring. No timing belt change. A/C quit 3 years ago... Still 32 MPG. Ahhhh....

64waves
11-26-2011, 11:00 PM
Wow, I thought I was lucky getting 262K out of mine. I use the Techron also in my cars as previously stated. Hopeful for 300K now!:D

tomlct
11-27-2011, 01:55 PM
Double wow. Terrific. My 2003 LW200 is only at 129K miles. My best ever was a 1975 Opel Ascona, that I sold at 198K miles.
Let's watch for your posting when you reach 500K.

biggeernie
11-29-2011, 04:16 AM
2003 l300 160,000

Sky Pilot
12-01-2011, 02:10 PM
2003 LW300 now at 116K. Nothing too major, but getting a P0050 code that just started.

joshuabornemann
12-02-2011, 07:01 AM
sssss

alspriggs
12-06-2011, 11:24 AM
What model and how many miles have you gotten out of your L car?

My goal is to get to 150K. I'm at 95 now. In 2002, I got a very fair deal on a used 2000 LS1 with only 12K. NOT a lease replacement. I saw the car dirty, and I could have eaten off the floor, it was that clean.

Last month I had it at the dealership and the service manager started heckling me that I'd never get 150K out of the car and I'd be back in a few months shopping. He said this was because the L series is crap and it'll by by 100K. Well that's it for me an Saturn basically...but I still thinK I can get 150 out of it.

have 2001 LW200 and have 149000 and still get 29 mpg at 70, runs like a dream and just passed emission again 2 weeks ago, keep the car.

SlimBilly
12-18-2011, 04:45 PM
2001 L-Series I suspect mine has around 150,000 @ 126,00 miles BCM went a lil coo coo and now it registers 694,978 typical readout I'm told for that specific problem, but they way I try to keep a record is every time change oil light comes on and I figure that its about 3000 mi. {correct me if I'm wrong} I change it .... also did a timing chain set back in the summer

lymanhall44
12-20-2011, 04:30 AM
As many others are, I am proud to say that my 2001 L200 is heading toward 236,000 miles. Original owner...from day one...consistant oil changes every 3k to 6k miles.

stephjoe
12-21-2011, 05:49 PM
2002 L 100 174,000 and heading for another winter. Just replaced the intermediate steering shaft and looking for a water leak in passenger side floor, but hope to get to 225,000 without spending too much money. Still gets 34mpg.:yes:

morningstar
12-27-2011, 02:52 PM
My wife's "02 L200" just turned over 21,000 miles. Just to play it safe, I am going to upgrade the timing chain tensioner before I put it into winter storage. It looks and drives like new.

My "00 LS2" had just turned over 109,000 miles when I sold it. It had new timing belt, plugs, water pump, accessory belt, tires and struts. Ready for it's next 100K. I just purchased an "09 Aura XR V6" to replace it.:D

My younger brother just rolled over 164K on his "02 L200" He said it is still much more dependable than his Dodge Durango with 30,000 miles on it. He did say his air conditioning had suddenly stopped working just the other day.

i have saturn vue 2002 with 109,000 miles needing a water pump, timing belt & valve cover gaskets,,, this is my second saturn

tdr1919
01-12-2012, 10:25 PM
I just bought a 2003 L200, auto with 152k miles, it is in beautiful shape and runs great, there are a couple issues that i am trying to figure out, but what a great handling car!
Tom

ptabakaru
01-13-2012, 06:49 AM
2001 L200 2.2L auto.
181,000 Just getting broke in....

jaimebabs
02-09-2012, 02:24 PM
I have a 2003 L300 and I have over 158,000 on it. I really do love that car. :)

Aman1001
02-09-2012, 10:31 PM
I have a 2001 L-100 5spd. with 349,000 km and still going great! Awesome car!

JohnSaturnLS2
02-17-2012, 04:38 PM
I bought my 2000 LS2 3.0L for $1,500 and it has 175,095 miles on it. It runs great when I don't short the wiring out! Any vehicle will get 200k plus with routine maintenance...

As a side note, my 1997 K1500 Silverado 5.0L has 262,389 miles on the original motor.... 5th transmission, but original motor!

msager
02-19-2012, 12:29 AM
I have about 103,000 on my 2000 LW2. So far most issues have been minor (knock on wood). I have been able to fix quite a few things with help from this forum. I also have a 2002 SL1 with about 140,000 miles on it.

blackforest
02-25-2012, 12:22 PM
just rolled over 215,000 miles and only a transmission and brake rotors in the back were my only expenses so far. and unfortunate coolant is getting in the oil and vise versa. but the oil is checked and changed constantly

dondono63
02-28-2012, 04:34 PM
My 2003 L300 passed the 200,000 mile mark today. I'm the original owner and overall I would rate the car excellent and hope to get another 50,000 out of her but if not that's OK too.

The fuel pump was replaced at about 185K. I had the timing belt and water pump replaced at 125K. Not sure I will do that again. Of course the standard wear items like brakes several times.

The negatives on the car is it chews up rear tires because it needs a shim kit. I've had that intermittent wrench light problem and clunky shifting for the last 75K miles. I decided to live with it rather than shell out 2 grand for repairs. The tranny doesn't seem worse for the neglect because when the wrench light if off it shifts like a champ.

It's a shame there is no more Saturn. I will definitely by a US brand when it comes time to replace the Saturn. :us:

Don

TheMammster
03-04-2012, 02:08 PM
[QUOTE=Stormgirl_LP;1136201]What model and how many miles have you gotten out of your L car?

I must have gotten the worst of all of L300's, as soon as the warranty ran out at 48000 it started having one problem after another and at 111500, I continue to have problems.

first the sunroom, O2 sensors, ecm, now throttle something?
P0300 code now P2107 code. and other codes as well but it have been a FREAKING nightmare, if I had the money to buy another car I would, I have put at least 3000 into the car trying to figure out codes and repairs. Its no wonder Saturn went out of business, this has been the biggest piece of crp I have ever owned and I bought it BRAND new in early 2004. :mad::hothead::(

mitchelldumond
03-07-2012, 09:03 PM
Just about to roll past 160,000 on my 2000 lw1. Bought it at 133000 about a year ago. Power steering went out, replaced the pump. Super easy to change. The BCM was replaced before I bought it. I just got a leak in the heater core hose. I think it is the O ring that is talked about in the other threads. Muffler needs to be replaced as well. I would not hesitate to drive across the country with it. I change oil every 5000 with Valvoline high mileage. I hope to get 200k+ out of it.

HondaHater
03-08-2012, 04:38 PM
149413 trouble free miles. Have owned my L200 for 5 yrs and only had to replace the front brakes and battery in 2008 and the front right wheel bearing in 2011. All routine maintenance gets done. Mobil 1 synthetic every oil change. Gets 30+ MPG highway..averages 22-24 MPG with mostly city driving. Will post pics on here if everyone wants to see.

Razzor19
03-27-2012, 04:35 PM
2002 L300 about to turn 169,000 miles. Runs great. Love it. Needs a mufller thou.:)

btrautman
04-10-2012, 10:26 PM
2001 L200 4 cylinder - 305,000 miles.

Major Repairs:

36,100 miles timing chain broke required new engine.
Rear backup lights intermittment problems for 5 years until Saturn decided to
do recall - pain in the rear with frequent stops by police.
timing chain kit replaced at 175,000 miles - preventive maintenance item
also had head redone same time.
Water pump replaced
and just a few days ago replaced and upgraded components of AC system - works better than when it was new.
Power steering pump replaced 2 weeks ago.
BCM replaced about 5 years ago.
replaced ignition lock. purchased kit on ebay and rekeyed myself to use my existing key.

NarcGN
05-15-2012, 10:48 PM
just bought a 2002 L200 for a grand with a 115,000 miles.. bought:

new tires
fluids changed
tune up and new filters
new brake pads

runs like a champ, installed a 6000K HID headlight kit and replaced all the factory speakers. the old ones were dry rotted and falling apart.

new stereo next

cityhawk
05-16-2012, 01:09 AM
149413 trouble free miles. Have owned my L200 for 5 yrs and only had to replace the front brakes and battery in 2008 and the front right wheel bearing in 2011. All routine maintenance gets done. Mobil 1 synthetic every oil change. Gets 30+ MPG highway..averages 22-24 MPG with mostly city driving. Will post pics on here if everyone wants to see.

We always love to see pictures!

Mine's just a baby. Only 86K on my 2001 LW300. I have a subframe on the way, and have to replace the right lower control arm while I'm at it since the Mrs. hit a curb with it and bent the LCA while evading being hit by another car. Otherwise love the car. It's been reliable (I did get stranded once when the alternator died). I hope to keep the car for at least a few more years until I'm no longer paying for daycare. I do think the L-series has to go down as one of the most underrated cars in recent memory.

HondaHater
05-16-2012, 06:17 PM
How can I post pics?? Would love to!! photo bucket??

Streeves
05-16-2012, 08:55 PM
Just turned 160k. Motor runs like new. Tranny has P1811 code. Other than that nothing other than normal wear and tear. I can attribute this to meticulous servicing. I get about 26mpg which is pretty darn good for a v-6 of that age.

Had someone tell me the other day that preventive service is a scam and just a way for garages to make money. Prove that to my past cars

1995 Ford Taurus- 319,000mi. RIP Strut towers rotted through wheel wells
2000 Ford Windstar- 287,000mi. RIP NY salt rotted undercarriage to no return
1995 Pontiac Sunfire- 298,000mi. Son is driving it now
2003 Saturn L300- 160,000mi. runs like new other than current p1811 code
2008 Kia Sedona- 164,000mi. running strong with no issues at all

I have NEVER been stranded with any car.

wabbajack
05-17-2012, 09:51 PM
Just bought a used 2003 Saturn L200 with 132,600 miles on it. A little worn, but drives well, and I'm confident it'll run like new after I drop some upgrades/replacements.

Breanna
05-22-2012, 09:15 AM
I have a 2003 L300 just hit 93,000 miles yesterday. But have had multiple problems with the vehicle. at 33,000 pressure switch solenoid for transmission went out. Thank heavens I had 9 days of warranty left. A month later the fuel pump went. When Saturn called to find out how we appreciated what the dealer did to get us back on the road I told them I was very upset about the car and they reimbursed us for the repairs. My drivers seat is power and the 6 way switch for it went up in flames at 48,000 miles. I replaced it with a manual seat I got at a junkyard. Had problems with coolant light coming on from day one was told sensor just sensitive, now I have to remove the dashboard to replace the heater core that should have been covered under warranty. My sister owned 3 Saturns never had any trouble. But i sure won't buy another one. Although I do love the sport tuned suspension. lol

dmwaves
05-25-2012, 09:35 PM
154K

2000 LW2 3.0L, 4 wheel ABS disc brakes, white, heated leather seats:

Purchased in 2005 for $6,200 with 62K miles on her and a BlueOx base plate (for towing behind an RV) already installed.

92K miles later we have 154K on her (never towed it....) and have kept up with routine routine maintenance (tires, brake pads/rotors, timing belt/water pump at 100k, plugs, Mobil 1 every 5K). Only unscheduled maintenance so far was slow fluid leak from water/oil heat exchanger at top of engine that needed to be re-sealed at 130K (about $600 as I recall).

Still runs like a champ, everything works, leather is still perfect, paint is great, car won't dent...

Best $6,200 we have spent on a car...

EXCEPT....

2008 Saturn Aura XE with leather, XM/OnStar/nav, 11K miles, salvage title for $8,400 in 2010. Now has 106K. Routine maintenance only. 30 highway mpg tank after tank.

Wish they still made them!

treblehook
08-04-2012, 09:01 AM
2000 ls2 v6
had 60 k miles when i bought it for $6.200. 230k miles now.
parts replaced:
cat converters
cps
mafs
valve cover gaskets
shocks/strutts front and rear
timeing belt & tensioner
rear Knuckle Bushing
front Wheel Bearings
Ignition Coils
+plugs, tires, serp. belt, oil & filters
what a car...:dizzy:

PeteB
08-04-2012, 10:02 PM
Just bought a 2002 L300 with 127k, runs and drives so nice I can't believe it. Needs oil cooler, timing belt, water pump, left transmission oil seal, plugs.

Hoping to double that mileage.

SkullcraLW2
09-03-2012, 03:16 PM
My 2000 LW2 is at ~ 92000+. Never drove it much during college or after until my current job. Prepping for my 100K mile maintenance.:dizzy: Spark plugs, fuel filter, etc.

Hoping to check and maybe replace the struts and shocks, bushings, miscellaneous suspension bits throughout the next year and 25k miles.:D

Future plans include exhaust and intake replacement and modification. My goal is 200 hp without breaking the dreaded 230-250 lb-ft. torque auto-trans barrier, and 28-30 mpg. Been averaging 25 with my lead foot syndrome. :p
Not looking at racing, (excpet maybe SCCA) but just enough to match or beat modern modest sport sedans/wagons without causing tranny headaches.:usa:

Beyond my own idiocy, others' idiocy, or nature's unforgiving idiocy, the body's been pristine. :rolleyes: (Plan on remedying those soon.):yes: New weatherstripping is ion the works. Should also hunt down some squeaks and rattles and add some minor sound-dampening materials where necessary. :clock:

Ah, so much to do, so little time or money. Yet my Saturn SwaggerWagon still brings me much joy.

CLaplume
09-17-2012, 12:42 PM
129,500 :)

01l100
10-12-2012, 06:50 PM
2001 L100 manual 130k

64waves
10-18-2012, 06:53 AM
Just crossed 275K on my 2000 LS2 V6. :D

patchouly
10-18-2012, 12:18 PM
155,000K (about 96,312 miles) on mine.

blondie13
10-21-2012, 09:28 PM
2002 L200 175000 motor still strong

jtroy
10-23-2012, 06:04 PM
Just bought a 2002 L300 with 127k, runs and drives so nice I can't believe it. Needs oil cooler, timing belt, water pump, left transmission oil seal, plugs.

Hoping to double that mileage.


Guess were in the same boat I have 125k on a 2003 LW300 and need a timing belt and water pump and new front struts

MrBogey
10-23-2012, 10:26 PM
2000 LS1 original owner.

240,000 miles on it. Original engine. Had to replace the compressor, the wheel bearings, engine mounts, various suspension parts, and at one point the radiator and most of the front end due to a serious wreck.

Drove almost all of the miles myself.

GASMAN
10-25-2012, 01:14 PM
Bought my 2000, L300, used with 155 thousand plus miles on the car, but reseller/wholesaler put in a 90K mile yard engine, (that engines oil filter was collapsed and twisted like it had never been changed!)
Now running synthetic oil, Cam 2, 5W-30, original engine blew a head gasket.
Hope to put many more easy miles on her.
Came with new paint job/windshield, very clean leather interior.
Will need brakes F&R, new CV joints?-rubber boots have separated from metal housing.

map0621
10-25-2012, 10:14 PM
2004 L300, 69,000 miles and nothing but problems.

SkullcraLW2
02-27-2013, 10:32 PM
Now at 101,000+ and still running strong. Still change my oil and filter every 3000 miles.

Have had idler pulley, cam pulleys, timing belt, water pump, fuel filter, ignition coils (who'da thunk they'd be in strips???:dizzy:), spark plugs, oil cooler gasket and oil cooler o-rings replaced.

Airbox mod still seems successful in improving throttle response, performance, and gas mileage. Plan on adding a K&N air filter to complement that.

Just put two new Kumho Excsta LX Platinums on to see how much they improve my ride and handling; so far so good.

Future projects: Custom cold air intake into bumper where airbox would be after removal OR custom air intake pipe between airbox and engine air inlet pipe w/relocation of MAF sensor. Freer-flowing cat-back exhaust system. Keeping this car alive to 300K+ and beyond. Acquiring an LS/LW1 w/5MT or an Ion Redline for bigger projects than the L81 auto-trans can handle.

Solion
03-01-2013, 02:54 AM
2001 L200 , bought it with 79k miles at auction , drove it to 207k miles before the timing chain tensioner fiasco ( autozone sold me the wrong one for the 2000-2001) strong engine up to that point. Bottom end of the engine is still good. New engine swap 100k engine from wreck and it is back on the road strong as ever.

Just bought 2000 L300 6 cyl and got timing belts serpentine and oil change on it 111k miles on it from auction. engine sounds strong . still confused how the 2.2 ecotec is the easiest engine to work on and the 6 cyl ended up being the hardest engine to work on. Got the second car at auction for 1300.00

64waves
03-01-2013, 06:40 PM
2000 LS2 V6. Got the car in 2003 with 37500, about to hit 280k. Just did timing belt, and it just passed NJ emissions last week. Should get to 300k. :yes:

Wayne G.
03-01-2013, 06:43 PM
2001 L300 with 119300 miles although Car Fax indicates it may hav closer to 150000 miles. No matter it runs perfect.

dondono63
03-03-2013, 09:17 AM
My 2003 L300 is about to turn 220,000 miles. I am the original owner.

I just had the right wheel beering replaced. Thinking about major parts replaced over the years include the fuel pump, a/c compressor, power steering lines.

My goal is to get 300K. I would likely junk it before sinking major money into the engine or tranny.

Has anyone reached 300K on a L series car?

Don

midway
03-04-2013, 07:12 AM
Checked mine over the weekend, just passed 300,000 and still going strong.

Aman1001
03-05-2013, 08:32 PM
2001 L100 with 382,600k km and runs great.

Gmaan39
04-08-2013, 08:37 PM
2001 L200 and have 35,000 mi.

u35828
05-24-2013, 10:44 AM
> 165K miles on 2003 LW200, bought new off the dealer lot, where it had previously languished for about a year. The check engine light should be replaced with a dollar sign.

The car was essentially rebuilt in April/May of this year (brakes, exhaust, fuel injector, A/C), with oddball replacements throughout its service life (fuel pump, front wiper motor, radiator, and fan module).

With the latest round of work, it will be with me for a while. Forget about resale value at this point :hmpf:.

crimsonandblue
05-24-2013, 12:43 PM
194,115 on my 2003 L200 and counting.

God bless America.

Mr. Callaway
07-09-2013, 04:28 PM
2002 LW200 now has 287,000 and counting.
Still has original front struts, lower control arms (ball joints), power rack and, radiator.
Changed: rear struts & springs, outer tie rods, fuel pump, water pump, power steering pump, junkyard alternator and drive axel.
Electronics: replaced turn signal switch.
Bought a 2011 Nissan Rogue two summers ago and the guy offered me 1K for Saturn on a trade. I've driven it 12K mi. since then.
Nissan is in the shop all week (paint related). Saturn is carrying the mail.
Hall of fame car.

flyingj
07-10-2013, 04:19 PM
2001 L200 2.2L. ~105,000 miles on it. Still going strong. It's my daily driver and has worked reliably without any major issue or repair needed since I purchased it in 07 with 43K miles on it.

deano
07-11-2013, 08:31 AM
2001 L200. Just turned 220,000 mi

So far, replaced top half of engine (timing chain), rear struts/springs, installed adjustable lower control arms on rear, Throttle position sensor, cat. converter, rear brake light assembly (both: under recall from Saturn), engine mounts (while still under warranty), instrument cluster (fuel gauge issue-while under warranty), heater core.

With all this, it's still been my favorite car that I've owned (except a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T I had when I was younger).:D

Dean

quiksc2
07-13-2013, 07:31 PM
178,000 on my '02 L300. Probably never getting rid of it, and no hope of it crapping out. Gonna give it to my kids, when they learn to drive. And I don't have any kids yet.

botenredwolf
07-18-2013, 06:53 AM
201k on a 2000 LS2. 3k put on in a month. This car is a damn tank!

Barnacle14
08-23-2013, 09:54 AM
My 2002 Saturn l200 has 170,000 miles and still runnin strong

Northeaster22
08-23-2013, 10:47 PM
I've had that intermittent wrench light problem and clunky shifting for the last 75K miles. I decided to live with it rather than shell out 2 grand for repairs. The tranny doesn't seem worse for the neglect because when the wrench light if off it shifts like a champ.

Don

Don, what IS that tranny wrench light clunky intermittent problem?!? I'VE had the. same. exact. thing for about a couple years on MY 2003 LW300 V6, and I still don't know what it is! I too won't want to shell out $2k for its fix, but mine also runs like a champ when I just turn the car off and wait a few minutes, for it to "reset" itself.

Please let me know though what's causing it and what the fix would be. thanks.

Mike171979
10-29-2013, 08:53 PM
It seems I have the record for the V6. I have 310,000 miles on my LS2.

Original Engine and Original Trans, neither ever opened or rebuilt.

I've had countless water pumps and crank sensors in my car, and of course I've had to get a new radiator, a/c compressor, struts, BCM, and a few other things I'm sure, but overall, its been a fantastic car.

And the thing still runs strong, up to redline occasionally with no problems what so ever. Aside from a couple of oil leaks that drip on to something hot causing a slight smell through the vents at red lights. Other than that you'd never know it had 300k.

Although this is weird, I switched out my headlight switch, because my low beams weren't coming on. Now the headlights work great, but for some damn reason my dash lights on the gauges don't seem to all light up anymore. Maybe the GM generic headlight switch, that fits about 20 different GM cars, is slightly different than the original Saturn switch???????? I don't know.

dondono63
10-30-2013, 11:24 PM
Don, what IS that tranny wrench light clunky intermittent problem?!? I'VE had the. same. exact. thing for about a couple years on MY 2003 LW300 V6, and I still don't know what it is! I too won't want to shell out $2k for its fix, but mine also runs like a champ when I just turn the car off and wait a few minutes, for it to "reset" itself.

Please let me know though what's causing it and what the fix would be. thanks.

I'm 2 months late getting back to Northeaster22 on this but from what I read the cluncky shifting it is likely caused by a bad pressure solenoid in the trainy. There's lot's of info in this forum on the repair procedure. The part is cheap but the repair procedure is extensive. I don't think many L's avoid the problem at about 100K.

My 2003 l300 just turned 231,000. I put in a power steering pump last weekend fixing the hard/noisy steering issue. I'm glad it was caused by a bad pump rather than the power steering rack. Never done one of those.

L300 still going strong, daily commuter beater.

Don

jbaron76
11-04-2013, 07:27 AM
L300, V6

Just reached 150,000 miles this weekend.

Parts Replaced / Repairs Performed:
1. Crank shaft position sensor (before 100,00 miles)
2. Timing Belt (at 100,000 miles)
3. Water Pump (at 100,000 miles)
4. Brakes (only one time believe it or not! I drive mostly on the highway)
5. Spark Plugs (at 100,000 miles)
6. Fuel Filter (at 100,000 miles)
7. Drive Belt (at 100,000 miles)
8. Radiator Hoses (at 100,000 miles)
9. Coolant Flush (at 100,000 miles)
10. Fuel Pump (~120,000 miles)
11. A/C condenser (~120,000 miles)

This car has held up better than I though it would. The fuel pump itself was fine, but one of the fuel line nipples was cracked leaking gas everywhere, and unfortunately those connections are part of the fuel pump assembly. The A/C condenser was damaged from road debris bouncing up from the road and into the bottom of the condenser. The crank shaft sensor failed as it seems is very common with the V6 engine. The only other issue right now appears to be some worn out motor mounts.

I will drive it until major issues start to appear. Hopefully I can make it to 200k.

Seeker0131
11-30-2013, 10:06 PM
My 2001 Saturn L 300 has 85k miles,and I am doing some work to it tomorrow. Valve cover gaskets, alternator, and Passenger side CV axle. Runs well, but I am looking for ways to get it to handle, and run better.

I know that it shared a Saab based engine, so I am curious as to what suspension options I may have???

linearbit8
12-16-2013, 07:53 PM
My odometer shows 31,200 but this car had the BCM issue that when the battery was disconnected, it would reset. The factory update was applied. Judging from the service history, I have around 100,000 miles.

cavalier
12-19-2013, 11:07 AM
2000 Saturn LS1.

The odometer nears the 240,000 mile mark and it still runs like a champ.

Timing chain failed, but because I read these forums I knew what the heinous noise was from and immediately shut down the engine.

Happened just after starting the engine as I was prepared to leave work, so because the engine wasn't running at a high rate of speed the broken chain didn't take out the engine's heads.

I think the big man upstairs was watching out for me then. I've had so many incidences, not Satty related, that have caused me to keep the faith.

My next car, when the LS1 relinquishes its longevity, will be a Chevy Cruze. Those are nice-looking, affordable rides and I had great experiences with the two Cavaliers I owned previously in my youth.

The last of tem petered out at 185,000 miles, causing me to buy my trusty steed, the Saturn L.

Just be sure to run Mobil 1 synthetic 10W 30 and changed every 3,000 miles.

I hope to reach the 500,000 mark someday.

My son's now eyeballing this car. It may be my hand-me-down gift to him.

glannewehr
01-06-2014, 03:15 PM
2000 LW1 (wagon). Turned over to 300,000 on Jan 3rd. On my second engine, same tranny. Main oil seal is leaking pretty good. Been a good runner when I bought used 10 years ago, but it's starting to nickel and dime me the past year or two.

pierrot
02-03-2014, 12:20 PM
My LS1 reached the 200K mile mark on Feb. 1. I tried, but failed to get a picture of the odometer at this momentous occasion. If, thirty years ago, someone would have told me that an all aluminum engine, V8 or V6, could last for two hundred thousand miles without any engine work, but only regular maintenance, I would've just thought it was a 50/50 chance of occurring. But a four cylinder engine doing that? I would've thought it unrealistic and implausible.

Happily, my car has gone that far without any engine repair of any kind. It still runs as it did when I purchased it over 12 years ago (almost a year and a half old with 24K plus miles on it). A call made to Saturn customer service in '05 or '06 routed me to a service manager at Saturn of Whittier. He described the testing of the engine before it went into production and called the 2.2L Ecotec "bullet proof." Hyperbole, yes, but this is not too far off in my case.

Any secrets for longevity? No, I just keep really close to the correct mileage - 3000 in my case - for the oil changes and use quality oil and quality filters. I add a half quart, or quart of oil between changes - it varies. Of course, it's plausible that I could've had an engine failure by now - I am well aware of that. I'm a realist about cars, but I think that I may be able to get this car to 300,000 miles without engine work...........we'll see. :)

dondono63
02-03-2014, 08:09 PM
My 2003 l300 just passed 235,000 miles this week. I replaced a leaky/rusty brake line recently. It was the line that required dropping the fuel tank to get at. I replaced the fuel pump while the tank was out. I did the job and really it wasn't that bad as long as you take your time and plan it out. The other thing that failed recently was the idler pulley for the serpentine belt which shredded the belt when it seized. Again not a big deal to replace belt and idler pulley with help from other posts on this site.

I heading for 300K with this fine GM product and this site in tow.:)

Don

(I need to replace the timing belt so when the weather warms up i'll do that.)

cheribob
02-07-2014, 07:44 AM
I drive a 2003 L300. I am the original owner. It has 168K miles on it.

I went through a spate of repairs at 69,000 miles. I replaced thermostat & shift solenoid.

Then there was the body control module (BCM), the crank position sensor (CPS), plus regular maintenance of water pump, timing belt, serpintine belt, etc.

Just this week I had another t-stat installed & pressure control solenoid replaced.

The repairs have been expensive but still cheaper than a new car.

MayorShinn
02-11-2014, 07:00 PM
2002.....193,000. Having a few problems, but overall still happy.

WayOutWest
02-12-2014, 12:14 PM
2001 L-200, Maroon.
As of today, 2-12-2014, I have 194,689 miles on my L-200, and it still runs great. There are no signs of anything going wrong. I got the car in November 2012 with 182*** miles on it, and drove it from Michigan to my home in Houston, TX.

Wayne G.
02-12-2014, 01:03 PM
2001 L300 137,000 running perfectly, love it.

chiefwhahoo2
02-24-2014, 07:48 PM
My 2002 LW200 just passed 320k km's or 200k miles. :) I am not the original owner but the previous owner had passed the car amongst family members for 10 yrs. So my Saturn is like a Timex watch....."it takes a licking & keeps on ticking!!!!" I don't baby it cuz it is my daily driver and I believe cars are meant to be driven not babied.

guyf2000
03-30-2014, 07:57 PM
2002 LW300. 94000 miles. Just bought it, and had timing belt, idler pulleys, tensioner and water pump changed. Hoping to make it to another timing belt change.

theinternetthug
04-08-2014, 10:01 AM
2001 L100 with 148k on it. Still runs fantastic. Replaced the seals and gaskets int he engine and trans just to stop leaks. Now the only thing wrong with it is a cracked exhaust manifold. Hoping to fix this weekend. Other than that, It runs perfect.

PaulGraz
04-10-2014, 12:18 PM
205K - 2001 SW200, 2.2L L4.

Most reliable car I've ever owned. Just wish I could get the AC working again without spending a fortune...