Very disappointed, will never buy another
At 3 years old, (60 k miles), started to burn oil, burns one quart per week at this point, no way to fix without replacing engine, no help from Saturn. I do not want to replace as I want to get a new car. Today I had a catastrophic brake failure (pedal to the floor, no brakes). It turned out to be the master cylinder. The mechanic said that should not happen in newer cars (that type of failure). The catalytic converter is shot (no doubt because of the oil), so I am doing the whole exhaust. The roof leaks sometimes above the rear view mirror intermittently. The car including the brakes was maintained properly, including replacing the battery and oil changes and tune ups, but it made no difference. I did put off the exhaust only because it is $900 but I have scheduled it only because I am afraid of what else will break. It is very uncomfortable and not reliable and I am sorry I ever bought it.
I thought this would be another car I could own for 10 years and it would be a good car (like my previous Pontiac GrandAM was). After 5 years, this thing is turing into a money pit and downright dangerous. I am not putting an engine in it (only way to fix the oil burning problems 2 mechanics told me was a manufacturers defect). So, I drive around with a case of oil in the trunk and put a quart in every week when I get gas. It has been this way a year now. I am very disappointed and will not buy another GM now period. Saturn did not stand behind their product at all. I am getting a Nissan Sentra, but in the meantime (I want to pay down some other things I have before I get the new car so it will be a few months) I am doing the exhaust with reservation. This car has cost me $1,400 since January in repairs and it will be another $900 for the exhaust. Now I don't even consider it safe since I could have been killed having my master cylinder fail today, I had no brakes and pedal to the floor. Saturns seem to be a crapshoot 50/50, woe to those who get the defective ones.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th August, 2003