1st Generation (2001—2005) L300 Problems

This generations ranks 25th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (40%), electrical (14%), and the fuel system (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Stalls 1 complaints at an average of 12,000 miles in the 2002 Saturn L300.
  2. Check Engine Light Comes on, Engines Runs Rough 5 complaints at an average of 81,600 miles in the 2003 Saturn L300.
  3. White Smoke Out the Tail Pipe 1 complaints at an average of 33,000 miles in the 2001 Saturn L300.

What L300 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Saturn model years.

Watch out for the 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 1 0 301 0.55
2004 6 2 257 1.98
2003 11 0 203 2.65
2002 5 0 33 4.32
2001 4 0 30 1.77

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