Reliable if cared for, for 100k -115k miles / then scrap or sell it!
We bought this station wagon twin cam Saturn in 2003. It had 93000 miles and had survived a serious t-bone accident. The car cost 900.00 instead of the 3500.00-4000.00 book value, due to the accident damage.
The car still ran and drove straight, though it leaked some air and water around the doors.
We replaced the alternator, the front crankshaft pulley, the serpentine belt and the tensioner all at around 100k miles.
The head gasket blew at around 136000 miles from low water thus high temperature.
After opening the engine, we found worn out timing gears and chain. These parts cost 200.00 from Autozone! While you can get a Chevy set for only around 40.00.
Also found the head was warped and unusable.
Purchased a used head, and a bolt was stripped out on it. Helicoiled it. The helicoil kit was 40.00. The used head was 100.00.
It took months to get the parts and get the car back together. Then there was a problem with the ignition coils; they cracked and were misfiring above 4000k rpms.
The car sat for around 1 and 1/2 years, and now it will not start due to the fuel pump is frozen.
Parts are a joke as far as the prices go; they are high dollar even at Autozone. This car, due to the parts prices, is not worth fixing.
The automatic transaxle has an excellent o-ring seal that prevents normal trans leaks.
The gas mileage is good, and the accident impact rating for the station wagon is good.
The standard rear drum brakes are bad.
The auto traction is excellent if you bought it. That package was high dollar. We had it on this car. It is well worth it. Works excellent on ice, snow and rain!
The race setting switch for the automatic transmission performance rocks, though most Saturn cars did not have this extra. This Saturn wagon did!
This car and most Saturns are a get your 100k miles out of it and resell it type of car. From a mechanic that knows about cars and this car setup personally! A throw away car!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th August, 2010