Is nobody mourning the loss of the L300?

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by Dave, Jun 22, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I read that the car is being discontinued at the end of this month? Tis
    sad since the L300-1 seemed like a bargain fully equipped and will ALL
    the safety items standard.

    I don't even see anybody in this group even commenting on this. Was the
    car that bad? Saturn said that it was a car with no buyers.

    Dave, Jun 22, 2004
  2. Dave

    marx404 Guest

    IMHO, Saturn REALLY Goofed up on this one. I hope the future upcoming models
    make up for the loss of the L Series. It is a great car that rivaled the top
    line imports (Acura, Lexus, Infinity etc.) for half the price. I guess
    Saturn just doesn't like to "toot thier own horn" when they have something
    good and for that they lost many sales. That's why they discontinued the
    L300, what a shame.

    The '04 models were the last ones to have leather interiors, the '05's are
    the last of the batch and will be cloth and V6 only.

    marx404, Jun 22, 2004
  3. The first couple production years had numerous quality/recall issues, but
    they had been ironed out. They are an excellent bargain, but they were never
    really marketed properly, so no one bought them. I love mine!

    2002 LW300
    Dana Rohleder, Jun 22, 2004
  4. Dave

    Dave Guest

    The last of "Tooting your own horn" may have a bit to do with it. I
    can't recall a single tv, radio or print advertisement in the past few
    Dave, Jun 22, 2004
  5. Dave

    Oppie Guest

    Don't know if I would buy one new but the '01 lw300 I bought this past
    January with 40k miles on it is great (for the most part at least). I got a
    really good vehicle with a lot of extras for not a lot of $$.
    Who knows, it might not really be going away. The way things are going, the
    same design may just be re-introduced with a new nameplate on it from a
    different GM division.

    Oppie, Jun 22, 2004
  6. Dave

    Blah blah Guest

    The nameplate was already changed from an Opel IIRC. Hopefully whatever
    Saturn has coming next will have a "manual transmission" option.
    Blah blah, Jun 22, 2004
  7. Dave

    Steph Guest

    amen to that.
    we opted for a manual transmission and had to take the LW200 to do so.
    Mind we love it and don't regret the decision at all. The money saved
    went towards leather interior and some other options.

    and the 4 cyclinder 5-speed has plenty of power.... enough for me to get
    nailed at a pretty good clip above the double nickel. <g>

    To be totally honest, we REALLY loved the SW2 we had previously. The
    additional room and easier entry/exit of the LW200 is nice - but the
    smaller wagon was pretty perfect.

    Worst part of them discontinuing,
    1) resale values are plummeting
    2) harder to get good service (recently had air in the clutch line and
    took several techs to properly diagnose and do the 5 minute bleed).
    Steph, Jun 22, 2004
  8. It always bugged me (irrationally so) because it was not made at Springhill
    and it seemed to be thrown together from the GM world parts bins of Opel,
    etc. I thought it was Springhill or nothing...
    Jonnie Santos, Jun 23, 2004
  9. Dave

    fstsl2 Guest

    Thats a bummer. Are all L-series going out or just the 1. Am debating
    between the L300 3 and the 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 for my next car.
    fstsl2, Jun 23, 2004
  10. Dave

    Dave Guest

    All L series are being discontinued. In fact they made just a few 2005
    models (V6/cloth seats only) and then shut down the assembly line last week.
    Dave, Jun 23, 2004
  11. Dave

    Blue87T Guest

    Jonnie Santos
    Remember "SaturnGuru " and the guy who worked at the Delaware plant arguing how
    they were "real" Saturns ?

    I remember when the very first L's arrived. I remeber them hiding them in the
    back behind a few wrecked cars so noone would see them. I remember the big
    unveiling party the dealer had ...turn out was extremely disappointing ,
    especially for a car they hyped so much. Then came all the recalls. I
    personally remember the extremely poor quality of assembly when we would do the
    predelivery inspections. Reminded me of GM when we would see parts missing from
    cars, Firebirds with 1 Camaro seat in them, Sunbirds with Cavalier wheel covers
    on one side etc...

    Its sad the L never caught on. Was actually a pretty nice car.
    Blue87T, Jun 24, 2004
  12. ....I'm trying to remember what they built at the Delaware before the L - I
    started searching in Google and found NG posts back to 1995 (cool)... Wow
    the years go by fast.
    Jonnie Santos, Jun 24, 2004
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