Unreliable piece of junk
Body control module (BCM) went at 80,000 miles.
Catalytic converter failed at 86,000 miles.
Brake master cylinder failed at 88,000 miles.
Timing chain jumped time, mashed valves and trashed the engine at 94,000 miles.
In the past year this car has cost us $2500 in repairs. Keep in mind that is cost-cutting and doing the majority of the work myself.
BCM was $500 from the dealer (a COMMON failure on L200s).
Cat was $400 in parts and hardware from part store for me to do myself (dealer wanted $1500 to replace!!)
Brake master cylinder was $100 in parts (a $250 job by a mechanic)
As far as the timing chain goes, GM has a class-action lawsuit against them because of the timing chain design on the 2.2L Ecotec. In other words, if you have a 2000-2004 Saturn with a 2.2L, THE TIMING CHAIN IS GOING TO STRETCH/BREAK. This will ruin the head and most likely the rest of the engine (like in my case when the piston got dented by mashing the valves). A new engine from GM is $3800 plus labor at $1600. If you have a 2.2L, GM sells an upgraded timing kit for $290 plus labor to install. I bought the kit and a junkyard engine to install it on and did a swap. Total cost for me, $1500 with upgraded timing kit, gaskets and other various assorted parts needed to install the engine.
Oh by the way, to put this in perspective, this is my wife's car. She drives like a grandma, has a highway commute of 40 miles round-trip a day. I used synthetic oil for all oil changes and kept up with all the maintenance (I do it all myself).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th January, 2009