Below Average Van from Exceptional Dealers
June 3, 2007
are approaching 2 years with our Van.
Happens to be our 5th Saturn, so servicing is an enjoyable social
occasion. Thats a good thing because every oil change is accompanied by
a small repair under warranty.
Most repairs have been of the cosmetic variety, ripping seat stitching,
exterior cladding coming loose.
Some mechanical, front sway bars came loose and were grinding. Bad
alternator cause dimming head lights and dash lights.
Some unresolved, Don't park this van pionting down a slope with less
than 1/4 of a tank of gas...
Fuel pump will not be able to pick up gas, leaving you stranded if
there is someone parked in front of you. Preventing you from rolling to
a level surface where it will start.
So it's sub par in quality, wasn't really expecting that. What we were
expecting has been a decent long haul cruiser with decent mileage.
Again it doesn't really deliver. Adequate we'll call it. The 3.5L V6 is
ok for power unless your loaded on a mountain road. MPG is low 20's on
the highway, certainly not stellar.
The biggest design flaw is having a 3rd row that DOESN'T fold into the
floor. Missing the well in the floor of the cargo area really limits
the amount of luggage you can carry compared to it's competitors.
Probably 20% less!
So has all these short comings left me bitter. No.
It still keeps running every day, it does everything we ask it to. Just
not with the polish of it's competitors.
It's saving grace for us was it's price, good incentives, 0% financing
for 5 years and a dealer that probably barely broke even on our trade
in made this van a good deal. Because of that we
can look past its deficiencies (sp?).
Why I would recommend this van still is because it has horrible resale, so it's a good used deal. If someone buys new, hopefully all the bugs are worked out by now.