The Saturn L-Series was introduced in 2000 as Saturn tried to expand its product line-up. The L-Series vehicles were built based on the Opel Vectra B and were made at a Delaware-based GM plant. The series offered five models: a base (LS), LS1, LW1, LS2, and LW2. The LW2 model was later renamed as the LW300, a vehicle considered by many as a perfect mix of performance, space, and value. The LW300 may have been discontinued when the L-Series was pulled out in 2005, but it continues to attract second-hand buyers looking for a spacious, reliable, and budget-friendly station wagon.
2000-2001: The L-Series was introduced
The L-Series was launched through five models. The LS sedan (base) was equipped with manual locks and windows, a five-speed manual transmission, and an AM/FM stereo. The LS1 and LW1 (station wagon) models were equipped with keyless entry, heated mirrors, power windows, and other features included for passenger comfort. As for the LS2 and LW2 models, they came with a V6 engine for added power that was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. All models also came with optional ABS (anti-lock brakes system).
In 2001, the models were given new names. The LS was referred to as L100, the LS1 was renamed as L200, the LS2 was known as L300, the LW1 was called LW200, and the LW2 was changed to LW300. Aside from changes in name designations, all L-Series models were also upgraded with a bigger fuel tank, shoulder belts, and head curtain side airbags (for later models).
2002-2003: Safety and cosmetic upgrades
In 2002, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and curtain side airbags became standard features. Other upgrades included a DVD entertainment system for the rear seats, automatic AC, and chrome alloy wheels that came with six spokes. In the following year, wagon models, along with their sedan counterparts, received a face-lifted front end and new taillights. The old wooden trim was replaced with a silver dash, and the upholstery was upgraded. 2003 models also featured a new alloy wheel design that was based on Saab vehicles. The ABS with traction control also became an optional feature.
2004-2005: Name designation changes
For 2004 units, ABS with traction control became a standard feature again, although the automatic AC and manual transmission were removed. The LW200 and L200 names were dropped to make way for the L300.1 designation, and all L-Series wagons and sedans were renamed as L300s. In 2005, wagon units were discontinued.
Despite discontinuing the Saturn LW300 in 2005, it continues to attract Saturn fans and buyers who want real value for their money. As a matter fact, some claim that the later LW300 models compare well to more expensive units from more well-known brands.