If not a lemon, this car is a liability.
I bought the car with 27,000 miles on it, assuming this would be a reliable car to keep through college and for my first job. It lasted the first few months famously. Then the trouble started. NOTE: I worked very hard to keep the car well maintained, but it did not work.
The clutch went out at 37,000 miles (1000 miles after the warranty ran out) and the dealer refused to replace it under warranty. I talked to numerous Saturn dealerships, and all agreed that this was my responsibility. Mind you, this is only a few months after I bought the car from a Saturn dealership. They also insisted that we not take it anywhere else for a second opinion or estimate. This cost me my first $1500.
Next, a clank developed in the engine. I took this to my new mechanic. The clank is going to cost me $1200-1300, as the timing system needs to be replaced.
Small problems such as worn out front springs, a bent rim, and a loud creaking in the dashboard have been persisting since I bought this "certified used vehicle" either fixed or ignored
It's been a great car to drive, but major problems like this keep popping up. In a little more than a year of owning this car, I've poured more than $3000 into repairing it.
Anyone want to buy a used Saturn?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th February, 2004