2001 Saturn L300 V6 from North America
Piece of junk
First thing that went wrong with this is the heater core busted into the floor of the passenger seat. Had this repaired from a friend that was a mechanic.
Then the big deal was I was driving on the highway at about 45 to 50 miles an hour when I heard a grinding noise under the hood, and my car just stalled with NO WARNING. Nothing had given warning to this whatsoever. I was able to coast off the highway into a parking lot with no power steering mind you.
My father has access to a roll back, and towed it to a local mechanic to find out the timing chain broke and has ruined my whole engine. Mind you I am still paying monthly payments on this car for another year while it sits in my driveway not able to move.
I don't have the money to replace the engine, and filed a complaint to find out they are dealing with 4 cylinders with the same issue, and because not enough people have complained about the V6 yet they are still "checking into it". Are you SERIOUS?
Really, never buy a Saturn, they have a NO TOLERANCE motor is what my mechanic told me. Wish the dealer would have enlighted me on this bit of info BEFORE I bought this car.
DO NOT BUY A SATURN. You will be paying for more than just a car payment for sure.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th September, 2008
26th Sep 2008, 15:36
Your V6 L300 does not have a timing CHAIN, it has a belt. The four cylinder models have chains.
The belt requires periodic replacement (many cars at 60,000 mile intervals) --it will not last forever.
As for the interference engine (i.e. no tolerance) --that is very common nowadays for OHC engines. Almost all Hondas have interference engines, too. It's more common that non-interference engines, actually.
You need to understand that cars require periodic maintenance--especially those that are now 7 years old and approaching 100k miles. They're not magic machines. Treat it well and understand that EVERY car--no matter the manufacturer--requires periodic maintenance. Ignore it, and you'll pay the price!