I bought used then found out that there were many problems. Within 6 months the timing chain broke. This cause extensive engine damage. Had to put in used engine. NHTSA is doing and investigation into this. The headlights intermittenly flicker at night.
We've had two recalls in less than three years, two repairs, including the computer. Saturn was unsympathetic about this last repair, even though it was within the time limit of the warranty, but jsut over the mileage limit. We wouldn't have gone over the mileage limit if we didn't have to take it in so many times for problems! I will never buy another GM, let alone Saturn vehicle.
First of all, have your suspension / tires evaluated. There is a TSB that provides for new tires and a shim kit. (My tires were fried at only 19K miles, and the car vibrated at 60 mph.) The gas tank is too small, the traction light comes on whenever it rains. There is a continuous rattle above the driver's side front window. The most obvious deception is that the resale value is horrific. Just for fun, take a look at the trade in value of your car. Can you say bottoms up? This is definitely my last Saturn!
Bought this car with 42500 miles. It has plenty of room front, back and with rear seat folded down. Highway driving is very smooth but driving over rough pavement on city streets can be a bit rough. The car has a generous amount of power for a small V-6 and the gas mileage is not bad (24 combined) with easy starts and stops. Definitely a reasonable alternative to a large suv and much more nimble.
This car handles very very very poorly on snow - worst I've ever owned (I've owned 5 other cars). I am looking to replace the car because of this. The front end is light and the traction control comes on when the car is on a slight incline on a wet road or road with a bit of small sandy/pebbley debris. I have never had snow tires (live in NJ) but never had an issue until this car.