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Saturn S-Series, Sedan
#20 of 1419 Shopping and very concern
Nov 18, 1999 (4:00 pm)
I have been driving a '97 Mazda 626LX and have been very pleased with this vehicle. My transmission is making some strange noises but all fluids are filled and "clear". I presently have 68,000 on this vehicle and was very interested in a 2000 Saturn LS1. Time is of an essence (7 days to 30 days for a new vehicle) and reading the past remarks I'm concern if I should pursue a Saturn. This Mazda has been my first foreign car and I'm very interested with staying with American. Any suggestions?
#21 of 1419 ATTENTION SATURN SHOPPERS!
Nov 19, 1999 (7:07 pm)
SATURNS'S SUCCESS IS NOT BASED OFF THE CAR. DON'T GET ME WRONG IT'S A GOOD CAR( HAD A 92 SC2 AND TRADED IT IN FOR A 94 SL2 THAT I CURRENTLY OWN). IT'S NOT A PERFECT CAR, YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS FROM TIME TO TIME. SATURN DID NOT REINVENT THE CAR. THEY REINVENTED HOW SMALL CARS ARE SOLD AND SERVICED. THE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION CAN NOT BE TOUCHED. NOT ONLY IN THE CAR BUSINESS BUT FOR ALMOST ANY COMPANY. SO FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A GOOD CAR ( NOT A PERFECT ONE, FOR YOU IMPORT LOVERS), THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS, YOU CAN'T BEAT THE OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE!
#22 of 1419 to Daniellet Saturn Maintenance
Nov 19, 1999 (11:07 pm)
No, you do not have to always go to the Saturn dealer for maintenance, although they would like you to. If you already know of or have a good mechanic in mind go there. Also, depending on the type of shop, they can do any of the things the dealer shop can do. A good mechanic with the right equipment should be able to diagnose the majority of problems. Hardest for any mechanic, even factory trained ones, are the intermittent problems that crop up and don't have a specific trouble code to set in the onboard diagnostics computer. We had a real good non dealer mechanic but he suffered a stroke (age related) and miss his service.
#23 of 1419 to normt oil using saturn
Nov 19, 1999 (11:15 pm)
It all depends which area of the engine leaks oil into the combustion chamber. If worn rings, then replacing the cylinder would not help at all. If it is in the head, it could be the valve stem seals or the cracked head. If its the valve stem seals, they have to be replaced but it requires the head to be removed. If it isn't bad seals a shop can remove the head and pressure test it and determine if it is cracked and if it is only cure is to replace it.
Nov 24, 1999 (3:25 pm)
I bought my '95 SL2 new with an extended warranty from the Englewood Saturn in NJ. The warranty was through Fidelity and the dealership said at the time that this was better then the Saturn warranty, yea right. When things started breaking I would bring it back to the same dealership, they would then tell me that the repair was not covered and that I should have bought the Saturn warranty. When I told them that they, the dealership, were the ones who recommended me the warranty all I got was a blank stare. So far this year alone I've had to put in $1600 dollars in repairs. New fuel pump, master/slave for the clutch, 3rd horn, some other work I don't recall right now and now I need a new starter. Total amount of repairs that I've put into this car since I bought is around $3400. I have 93000 miles, mostly highway. Extended warranty saved me $600 in repairs but cost me $1100, including interest. Left driver side mirror broke at 28000 miles, dealer said it was not covered under warranty and to replace is would be $230. Will I ever buy a Saturn again, NFW. Looking to buy wife a new car in December. It will be either a Avalon, Infiniti I30, Acura TL, Accord or Camry. I will never buy another American car again and I will take the money for an extended warranty and put in a Mutual Fund.
#25 of 1419 saturn reliability
Dec 06, 1999 (6:30 pm)
So far at 74K miles all I've had fixed is a brake light, and that was under warranty. Considering how I abuse the car, that is really great. I plan to trade up to something else at about 130K miles, and anticipating similar repair costs, the car has been very cheap per mile. Also the sl is the top safety performer for compact cars, my sl2 has good power, and holds good amount of stuff. It the car were a bit quieter, I'd be 100% happy, but considering what I paid and continue to pay for it I have zero regrets.
Dec 10, 1999 (5:07 pm)
My wife has a '96 SL with about 40,000 miles. It's been pretty reliable, but it just feels like it's falling apart and it's loud. It idles pretty rough too, and she uses 89 octane gas. The steering is very slow and unresponsive. This may be due to the lack of power steering. Guess I shouldn't expect too much for $12K, but we will not buy another one.
#27 of 1419 Losing Coolant
Dec 13, 1999 (3:49 am)
I have a '96 SL1 with 60K miles. I am losing about 1" of coolant out of my reservoir each month. It has gotten progressively worse over the past 10 months. When I took it to the dealer they pressure tested it and told me there was nothing wrong. This is the second time it was pressure tested. Where is my coolant going? Is it the cracked cylinder head? Is anyone else having this problem? Otherwise, it is a good car (so far).
Jan 06, 2000 (10:53 pm)
Saturn exposed is run by a lawyer trying to win money from saturn. He doesn't tell you he had his car rewired for a funky sterio, he was in an accident and had to have his car repaired ( at a non-saturn facility ) and that saturn has even offerend to buy back his post-accident poorly wired car.
gives saturn good scores for reliability.