I only tolerate this car because it was given to me for free.
I've had many problems with this car. This car was given to me for free and it wasn't in the best shape and it cost a lot to put it on the road.
The power seat belts may have been considered to be innovative when they first came out. Now all they are is a safety hazard. The seat belt motor no longer has the power to pull the shoulder belt back without helping it along with your hand. I simply disconnect the shoulder strap and reconnect it after it latches into place. The cable that drives the shoulder belt connector has come out of it's track on a couple of occasions causing the belt to jam in place. Currently the shoulder belt will only move half of the distance forward before getting jammed and I have to force it backwards so that it will latch into place. I'm looking for a normal seat belt to install in the drivers side of the car.
The steel parts on my car are rusting out. So much for a rust free plastic car. Both of the flip up headlights rusted and the edges of the trunk lid also rusted. I sandblasted, filled the holes and painted, but my regular paint supply store didn't have the saturn paint codes and the color match isn't exact.
The door chime circuit is fried causing the car to ding at you when the lights are off and you open the door and the keys are not in the ignition. When the key is in the ignition the dinging stops.
The gears in the manual window crank stripped and finding a replacement at a scrap yard was difficult and expensive because this seems to be a common problem. $260 for the parts.
The trunk leaks like a champ. I pulled out all of the insulation because it had milldew. I "shop-vaced" about half a gallon of water out of the spare tire well.
As for normal wear and tear, the clutch has been replaced $700, the rad started leaking and had to be replaced (before I acquired the car), the front struts are shot and have to be replaced.
I'm 5'11" 190lb and I do not find the car to be comfortable at all. It is difficult to get in and out of and the seats are too small. No one over age 7 who has legs can fit in the back seat unless the front seats are jammed forward. The car is also very rattly and has a harsh ride.
My wife, who is 5'6" 120lb also drives the car and doesn't find the seat to be too small.
The engine and trasmission are really good, the only problem is that it's hard to enjoy using the drive train when you can't get comfortable.
In the past I've owned a number of old vehicles:
'86 Toyota Camry (Free)
'84 Nissan 300ZX (Free)
'88 Ford Ranger 4x4 ($1500)
'93 Ford Probe ($4000)
'90 Chevy Tracker 4x4 ($2500)
'88 Chevy 2500 diesel 4x4 ($4500)
'91 Dodge Dakota 4x4 ($2800)
'90 Toyota 4runner 4x4 ($400)
The Saturn is my least favorite of all the cars I've owned and the most frustrating.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th September, 2007