Great commuter car due to safety, gas mileage, comfort, and room
At 64,000 miles it needs a new power steering pump and rear brakes. The "groaning" when turning around corners just a couple of weeks ago. Cost to replace today is about $400. Ouch! Saturn dealer is higher, but is this normal? $535 to replace the rear brake shoes and drums! Again Saturn dealer was about $100 higher. The grinding started suddenly this week. Can't understand how or why the brake shoe wear was so much above normal between the last inspection and the one due next month.
Having the transmission fluid changed today, too. Manual states 50k for this service. Had brake fluid changed once already; again today. Have changed oil every 3,000 to 3,500 miles since the beginning.
Was rear-ended by an illegal alien traveling >25MPH while stopped at a light in 2005. $5k damage to my L200, but the car came through fine and so did I.
Gas mileage driving back and forth to work in mixed 55mpg and stop-and-go driving has been about 26~26 MPG. On trips low 30's is the norm. Of note is that using the 10% ethanol mix they sell in my area, as opposed to 100% gasoline, mileage decreases about 10%. When filling up outside of my area with 100% gasoline, AC off, windows up, and driving back at a steady 65 (with the old Firestone tires) I once got 39MPG. For the size and weight of the car, this is phenomenal.
New tires at 59,000 miles. The original Firestones lasted a reasonable number of miles. I maintained alignment about annually. Replaced with Goodyear assurance tripletred. The original Firestones had far less traction than the new Goodyears. So much so that the ABS used to engage frequently in traffic and almost never does now. Noted a small drop in gas mileage, however. Maybe about 5%, so it is hard to pin it down except for saying a small decrease. Small price to pay for safety!
Replaced Front pads the first time at 42,000 miles. Cost $157 at the local Goodyear. No problems since.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2007