Due to the high maintenance expense, I will pass on buying another Saturn
The one thing that I can agree on, with everyone, is that the car guzzles oil to the tune of about one quart every thousand miles. It seems to get even worse if I drive over 65 MPH. I don't know where the oil goes because the car doesn't seem to smoke at all.
I keep track of my mileage and in that department the car is superb; it gets about 34 MPG on the highway. I would be extremely pleased with the car except for the electrical problem that I have been having that the mechanics haven't been able to fix or even find.
The battery warning light starts to flash once the car has been on the rode for over 15 minutes, especially at a speed of 50 or more MPH. It doesn't flash steadily, it sort of flashes in an erratic fashion (almost as if it is a loose wire) and will stop momentarily... especially if I slow down. Eventually it seems to kill the battery and I have to replace it; then the new battery doesn't flash for about 6 months before the problem returns.
Because of this phantom electrical problem, I have been spending too much money on inspections that can't seem to find the problem, and I am considering getting rid of the car. The mechanics tell me that the car passes all of the electrical system tests; I don't know what else to try.
If you don't want to buy a new hybrid, but still want good gasoline mileage this is the car you want. It does seem to burn oil to the point that on long trips it is wise to bring along your own to keep the oil topped off.
I find the car interior to be quite comfortable and on long trips I can stop at rest stops and recline the seats for some nap time.
If you are a do it yourself fixer, the car is not for you. Even the simplest of things are difficult to do on the Saturn, and at the rates that are charged these days by auto repair shops, you had better have a big bank account.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th November, 2007