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Behind the Wheel: Saturn LW

09/30/2005 02:42:17 PM PDT

Don’t be if youngsters are eager to get into the seat of the 2003 Saturn cars.

They’re bound to be to the optional, factory-installed, DVD entertainment offered by Saturn on both sedans and station wagons.

The makes cartoons and movies alive via a 7-inch, fold-down screen, remote control, audio system and wireless

Saturn says its 2003 models are the only lower-end cars that offer an DVD, factory entertainment It’s available on all but the base sedan with manual

Pricing for the entertainment package at $2,100 on 2003 four-cylinder cars and rises to $4,280 on the LW300 wagon with V6.

is on top of the vehicle starting manufacturer’s retail price, including charge, of $19,040 for a four-cylinder sedan with automatic

Saturn packages the entertainment option with other such as chrome wheels on the wagon and leather seat power driver seat and the emergency notification system on the

Note the DVD unit is between the seats, taking the spot occupied by a covered center for front-seat riders.


The soft, cushioned seats and rear-seat headroom kept me as as any kid in the back seat of the LW300 car.

The L-Series wagon’s headroom of 39.6 inches is than the 39.1 inches in the seat of the 2003 Subaru station wagon and the 38.9 of the Ford Taurus wagon.

But the wagon, which is classified as a car, has more rear-seat – 38.5 inches vs. the 35.4 inches.

There’s to see on the outside of the Saturn L-Series,

Up front, styling is updated modern, projector headlamps, and the is higher than last In back, new taillamps provide a modern appearance.

Buyers may that Saturns have body panels that are of dent-resistant polymer. This into 2003, with panels in the L-Series doors.

are some sizable gaps the panels, though, around doors. This is in part plastic expands and contracts than metal as the ambient rises and falls.

Underneath, is pretty much the same as in the L-Series.

The independent MacPherson front suspension and multi-link provide a decent ride most road surfaces. bodies didn’t vibrate or in the test car, as the rough was managed rather nicely.

But a good amount of road that can become fatiguing on drives.

Power-assisted rack-and-pinion has a good on-center feel. But the LW300 tester pitched aggressively in panic braking, and in slalom maneuvers was a bit sloppy.

Note the L-Series are available with two-wheel drive Subaru’s Legacy comes with all-wheel drive.

The continues with its two engines a 142-horsepower 2.2-liter four- and the 3-liter, dual overhead cam V6 was in the test car.

The V6 delivered acceleration, even on the highway, and an Environmental Protection Agency of 21 miles per gallon in city and 29 mpg on the freeway.

But the V6’s sounds on didn’t impress. There was a almost metallic noise from the tester on hard

Saturn includes curtain on every L-Series car to help against head injury in crashes. They are not available on the Taurus or Legacy.

But the person in the of the back seat of the LW300 only gets a lap belt, than a three-point safety with a retractor.

The middle person also has no restraint. Meanhwhile, head for outer riders back are low, molded-in units allowed my head to roll a bit before it would catch it.

The LW300 also had an intermittent in the ceiling headliner, above the left ear.

I liked the complete interior of the LW300 including back seat and area – was fully when I pushed unlock on the key This helped me ensure no one was inside at night before I for the door handle.

Inside, all and buttons were within reach. I can’t say the same for the of the LW300’s driver … though.

Cargo room the rear seats is 33.5 feet, less than in the and Legacy. But the Saturn’s maximum 79 feet with rear folded is more than the 68.6 cubic feet.

Reports said earlier cars had subpar reliability.

The National Highway Traffic Administration gave the 2002 L-Series four out of five for frontal crash protection for the and five out of five for the front

In a side crash, NHTSA the L-Series received three out of stars for front-seat protection and out of five for the rear seat.

The rollover rating was four out of stars.

There have no recalls of recent L-Series but there were several of Saturn’s earlier models.

year 38 cars were for airbag inflation problems. In there were three affecting: 156,305 cars seat belt buckles meet federal load 1,637 for poor installation of a clip; and 168 cars for the potential of an airbag if the door was slammed too

And in 1999, 36,848 L-Series were recalled for a fuel valve problem that cause gasoline to spill in crashes.

Saturn spokesman Mike said station wagons consistently accounted for 12 percent to 15 of L-Series annual sales. reported 98,227 total sales in calendar 2001, up 94,034 a year earlier.

of the L-Series wagon average 53 of age and have median household of $73,000, Gardner said.

percent are women, and 60 percent are graduates, he said.

Manufacturer’s retail price, including charge, starts at $20,850 for a LW200 wagon. It comes with automatic transmission.

compares with the base Legacy L wagon with four-cylinder, five-speed manual and drive at $20,720.

The lowest-priced Taurus wagon, which with 155-horsepower V6 and automatic starts at $21,995. The Taurus is with seating for up to eight

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