2001 Saturn L200 2.2 liter from North America
Worst car I have ever owned in 40 years
Within the first year the console lid between the seats broke, and even though I bought the extended warranty, this was not covered.
Also, within the first year, the driver seat adjustment to raise the seat higher broke. Also not covered by warranty. As I am not a slim person, I did not complain about this. But now the whole seat has collapsed. In all the cars that I have owned in the past 40 years, this is the first one ever to have this problem.
I take care of my cars, and change the oil every three to five thousand miles, and usually they last about 12 to 15 years, before I replace, but this one has fallen way short of that mark. Also it is about 50 to 75 thousand miles short of my normal mileage.
I have had to replace the battery 3 times in the 7 years I have owned it.
Then the tail lights started going bad. I was informed that I had to replace the whole tail light unit at about 200 hundred dollars each. Six months after this the car was recalled for the tail light repair.
The heater core went bad six months ago while I was on vacation, and the rugs were saturated with a fluid leak. When I got home I wanted to replace one section of carpet in the front, but was informed that this was not possible, and I would have to replace all the carpets for a cost of over 200 dollars.
And now the timing chain has cracked and my car is not part of the recall. I called customer service, and was told that the dealership would offer me 15% off a repair cost of 1000.00 or higher. But I had gone to the dealer first, and they said the repairs started at 800.00 and could go up from there. My timing chain is cracked not broken; I was parked when the car refused to start, and now with the help of customer service I am paying 50 dollars more than I started out Thanks.
I will never buy another Saturn or trust my dealership to work on this one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th June, 2008