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The Hardship of Owning a Saturn Automobile

Updated on October 9, 2019

1995 Saturn SL1

This car had barely 40,000 miles on it when the engine died in 2001. The car was serviced with an oil change and fluid check every 3 months as recommended plus all the other outrageous recommendations from the Saturn Service center.

2001 Saturn SL1

Not much improvement in the SL1 in 6 years. The seats were very uncomfortable. The knobs come off of the window arms. The ignition coils were replaced 3 times in an 18 month period.

2004 Ion 2

This one was my favorite because it had power windows, door locks, remote entry, and the seats were very comfortable to sit in for long drives.

But, the problems with this car started within weeks after buying it. A control arm bushing was bad and was replaced 4 times during the 15 years that I drove the car. The windshield wiper motor broke. The Service Center said it was because I turned the wipers on when they were frozen to the windshield. I already knew better than to do something like that. I drove the car for 15 years and traded it in on a new car because the gas line rusted and was already replaced once. Mileage was around 74000 so it still had a lot of life left if it wasn't for the rust.

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