My brand new Gold Saturn SC1 was purchased in 1996. At 22,000 miles the car needed 4 days of serious engine work to replace the head gasket and other vital parts. At the time I was shocked, I just sold a Toyota Corolla with 100K miles on it and it ran great. I was assured this was no big deal by the manager of the dealership and it was covered so it cost me nothing.
The exact repair had to be done again at 36K miles. I called the Corporate office in Spring Hill and was told it was no big deal as I purchased an extended warranty. I was assured it was a fluke and I should have smooth sailing.
I became disabled and the car sat. At 64K miles the same repair yet again. This time it was a big deal because SATURN insisted that regardless of the past history of this car - I GOT TO PAY FOR THE REPAIRS! This cost me $1792 on 11/16/06.
I called the area manager at Saturn this corporate robot -Carolyn, was cold, and rebutted any argument I had concerning this vehicle. Had I been working and driving as I was when I first bought this car, this HEAD GASKET Issue would have occurred alot sooner than it did.
Saturn does not care. This SC1 in addition to this painful experience had 3 car alarms installed as the original 2 failed, 2 factory installed radio's installed as they began "eating" my tapes. Several repeat electrical problems and many break issues. The front drivers seat crumbled immediately. Saturn only offered to replace the cover but not pay for the installation.
The worst car, car company I ever had. I am hoping to retrieve some of my losses with Saturn, but as you can see by the above, I probably won't. DO NOT BUY A SATURN EVER EVER