L200 vs L300

Discussion in 'Saturn L-series' started by David Spera, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. David Spera

    David Spera Guest

    I will probably test drive one of these tomorrow (Thursday nite). They
    seem identical except for the engine. Did anyone buy the L200 and regret
    not spending the
    extra money for the V6?
    David Spera, Jul 3, 2003
  2. Test drive them both, get in the L300 with the sport package. It's a
    totally differnt car. The way I've noticed it, a 4cyl L series seems
    to fall short when compared to similarly priced 4-cyl competitors.
    However, a well optioned V6 model, compared to competitors (V6 Camry,
    V6 Accord), is a bargain--especially with the 0% and cash back bonuses.
    A new, loaded L300 with sport package is comparable to a $30,000u.s. car
    that can be had for $21,000u.s. after rebates.

    This year, it's a very good looking car. That's the only regret I
    have about my wifes' car, an excellent machine, but wow they got a lot
    better looking in 2003.
    Victor DiMichina, Jul 3, 2003
  3. Drive both - we weren't overly impressed with the 4cyl engine in the L200 -
    the extra power of the V6 is nice. The only differences between the 200 and
    the 300 are the engine, wheels (16" alloy vs. 15" steel), brakes (disc/disc
    vs. disc/drum), and suspension (sport tuned in the L300) - I thought the
    differences were worth the $3k price difference. (we have an '01 L300 which
    is my wifes daily driver - option packages have changed quite a bit, but we
    got the leather package with the seat heaters and power drivers seat along
    with the ABS/traction control (now standard) - she loves the car

    Wish they would use foglights which don't suck - the little 15 watt units
    which came standard in 01 are now part of the sport package in 03 are pretty
    much just for show.

    Get the L300! You won't regret it (unless you wanted a manual)
    David & Caroline, Jul 3, 2003
  4. David Spera

    Pete Geurds Guest

    Get the L300! You won't regret it (unless you wanted a manual)

    We have an 2002 LW300. Nice car.
    Wife is primary driver.
    I'd want the manual trans with the V6,
    but no can do.
    By settling for an L200 in order to get a manual trans you to give up too much.
    (V6, brakes, suspension, tires and wheels)
    Think I'd politely tell them why you can't buy a car from them and encourage
    them to tell the folks at corporate how and why they're missing sales.
    Some times it seems like a GM disease:
    You can have a 4 cyl and manual or a V6 and an automatic, that's it, we've
    decided what's good for you (for them really).

    Pete Geurds
    Douglassville, PA
    Pete Geurds, Jul 3, 2003
  5. David Spera

    Dan Guest

    I purchased the L200 (silver green) with the limited edition package
    back in January and haven't been disappointed. I know the V6 would be
    nice with the extra power, but after having a Mazda B3000, this thing
    has so much more 'get-up-and-go'. The other thing that I like a lot is
    getting 28 MPG and I do 60% city and 40% hwy daily driving, much better
    than the truck's 16mpg.
    Dan, Jul 3, 2003
  6. David Spera

    Andy Lowen Guest

    Has anyone had wind gust noise occuring around a specific door at higher
    speeds (worse when cold out or on a windy day)? On inspection, I think the
    passenger side doors are not closing as tight as the driver side but I am
    not sure that is the reason. Thers is no wind or water leaking, just an
    occasional load gust sound.


    Andy in Lexington, MA
    Andy Lowen, Jul 3, 2003
  7. David Spera

    01fxdwg Guest

    This is what my dealer did with our '00 LS2 with similar problems. He
    said, (obviously), you can do this yourself at home.

    Run the car with the a/c on MAX and fan on HIGH with all windows
    rolled up and transmission in Park. Make sure all the doors/windows
    are tightly closed. Leave the car, you need to be outside the car for
    the next steps.

    Let the car run with the ac on high and windows rolled up for about 5
    minutes. This helps to build up air pressure inside the car.

    From the outside, using a heavy mixture of dish soap and water in a
    spray bottle, spray or pour generously around all the door seals. If
    you have a sunroof, check there as well.

    He did that to our car, and immediately big soap bubbles started
    forming around the top passenger side door. All other seals were
    fine. This was much faster and cleaner than baby powder and other
    things I've seen dealers do before to check door seals.

    Now, what he did to correct it, takes a leap of faith. What he did
    was, open the passenger door, and with the window rolled down, put
    his knee onto the arm rest and grab the top of the door and bend it
    slightly towards him. Essentially, bending the top of the door, (that
    frames the glass), more towards the seal on the car.

    Made a *big* improvement in the reduction of outside road noise. He
    only bent it about 1/8" of and inch but the difference was night and
    01fxdwg, Jul 3, 2003
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