Please pay attention to the model of car people are reviewing. This car is fabulous! Mine has 116,000 miles and it still looks new under the hood. The lw300 is the best version in this model line and can come with lots of extras such as leather seats, remote start and locks, power everything, rear defog and wiper, heated seats, etc. so you might get a lot more for your money. It drives and runs fabulously!
Love this car. Bought it after my daughter totaled my old one. Have owned 5 Saturns over the years. It's 8 years old, and has only cost a couple thousand in repairs...mostly normal wear and tear ( tires, etc. ) Replaced brakes once, and the heater core just this past summer. oh, and a tune up. That was probably my single biggest expense. It was the last car off the line, or so I'm told. Fun to drive, and very dependable
Heated mirrors and my factory installed auto start. A must in the Northeast!
Distance of the accelerator. Its a little hard to reach. Could use a better sound system.
I really like the comfort and performance of the car, but repair costs are killing me: Oil cooler leak, $1,350; water pump $450; power steering pump $400; front brake pads and rotors $450; faulty MAF sensor $450; thermostat $400. All of these repairs in the last year after the car went over 50,000 miles. The dealer tells me a new steering rack will be required in the near future. If anyone has one of these cars, sell at the first sign of problems after 50,000 miles. It will only get worse!
Ride and handling. Decent fuel economy for V-6 engine. Good acceleration and handling.
Improve engine design for easier maintenance and repair. Removing intake manifold to repair oil cooler and/or thermostat is an unexcusable design flaw. Fix the engine coolant leaking problem and faulty power steering pump. Either harden the brake rotors or soften the break pads.
In the 1st 12 months I owned car, towed in twice, 4 sets of gaskets due to coolant leaks, water pump, center console cover replaced, mass air sensor, all tires had to be replaced at 12000 miles due to alignment problems that were never completely rectified, ignition lock replaced, and it costs $46.00 to have the computer reprogrammed if the battery fails. I bought a 2002 Ford Windstar because I could no longer rely on the Saturn. My wife now drives it about 75 miles a month. Would never own another Saturn and would not recommend one to anyone.
I purchased this car with a little over 23,000 miles on it in immaculate condition. I was told it had only one lease owner. Wondered why they traded it in. I didn't have to wonder long. Despite regular, timely maintenance, in less than three years, the car has had a short, two blower motors and most recently, replaced traction control brain module. Upside down on it, or I would trade it now! I will not keep it past the extended warranty, with deductible of $200 per occur. Never a GM car again; back to reliable Toyotas, or...
Size and comfortable interior. Not plush, but good. Audio system.