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Saturn Sl 1996
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Mar 06, 1996
Location:
Seal Beach, CA

daytime running lights defective.

0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8ZK5279T0. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Mar 06, 1996. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn SL 1996 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:N/A. Fuel type: gas. Saturn SL 1996 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn Saturn 9999
General Motors Corp.
Location:
Los Angeles, CA

consumer is dissatisfied with the design of the daytime running lights. the saturn model in particular causes distraction while driving. the lights are located close together in the middle of the grill, causing driver blindness when vehicle is in the rear.

0 person(s) died.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Saturn 1997
General Motors Corp.
Location:
San Antonio, TX

day time running lights in the test vehicle and all 1997 saturns are blinding on oncoming drivers. these lights are on all the time unless the driver turns on the headlights, which disable the day time lights. *ak

Original Owner. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn SATURN 1997 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:N/A. Fuel type: gas.

Saturn Sl 1996
General Motors Llc
Location:
West Chest, PA

when using hand brake the daytime running lights go off, flashing of the lights causes unintentional signal to the opposing traffic.

Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Sw 1995
General Motors Llc
Location:
Woodburn, OR

this report is not about my vehicle; it is about all vehicles with a factory drl system installed. most drl systems turn on only the headlights. this is dangerous! the operator sees light on the highway from the drl controlled headlights and is lulled into feeling safe, thinking "my lights are on, everybody can see me." unfortunately, the driver is only half right." the vehicle can not be seen from behind, because the parking lights are not on. "ok" you will say. "what about the vehicles that use 'bright front parking lights'?" well, here in oregon, the use of parking lights "only" is against the law. oregon says "when ever parking lights are used, the headlights must be on." my vehicle does not have a factory installed drl system. i had an aftermarket system, patterned after the subaru's, recently installed. when ever the vehicle's ignition key is in the run position, the 'stalk' that controlls the exterior lights is active, which means that where ever that light switch is positoned, when i start the car, that's what lights are on (or off) and when i remove the ignition key, all lights (that may have been on) go off.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle was purchased on Jan 01, 1997. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn SW 1995 Drive type:FWD. Fuel type: gas.

Saturn Ls 2000
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Apr 12, 2001
Location:
Las Vegas, NV

consumer states there is a leak inside brake light housing, there is a rattle in the overhead light, third brake light failed, the second bulb from the left center high brake mount burnt out, the dome light was not seated properly causing a rattling noise. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU82F3YY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Apr 24, 2000. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn LS 2000 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn Ion 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Sept 29, 2003
Location:
Albuquerque, NM

i have had repeated problems with the exterior front lighting on my new 2003 saturn ion which is a safety hazard. on 5/15/03 i took the vehicle to the albuquerque saturn dealership to fix the front driver side running light and left turn signal. they replaced the bulbs, but i had to take it to the dealership again on 7/18/03 after having driven it less than 100 miles for the same problem. this time they replaced the entire headlamp assembly. then again on 9/29/03 i took it back to the dealership to have the passenger side front running light and turn signal replaced. i talked with the sales manager ben vigil and the service manager justin greenberg. i complained that i've spent more time at the dealership for unscheduled maintenance than routine maintenance, and i was concerned i had bought a lemon. i told them that if my turn signals aren't working properly, that is a safety issue. mr. greenberg told me that he probably gets two customers a day with the same problem (which shocked me). he said saturn has sent out new bulbs to the dealerships which they claim will solve the problem. we'll see.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 4248 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8AF52F33Z. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Mar 01, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn ION 2003 Drive type:FWD. Fuel type: gas. Saturn ION 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: MAN . Vehicle Speed: 0 mph. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Albuquerque . Dealer's telephone number: 505-765-1301 . Dealer's city: Albuquerque . Dealer's state code: NM. Dealer's zipcode: 87102 .

Saturn L200 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 06, 2003
Location:
Greensboro, NC

a tractor trailer was passing me on the interstate. just as his trailer was approximately 2/3 past me, my lights dimmed out on my car by themselves. the driver of the tractor trailer thought i had flashed my headlights at him, to let him know he had cleared my car and was safe to come into my lane, which was not the case. this made the drivers behind me and the tractor trailer in all 3 lanes, to slam on their brakes. the truck driver almost lost control of his rig trying to keep from hitting me when he realized that he did not have clearance as my lights "suggested" to him that he had. all of us were fortunate at this time not to have wrecked. (yet i received a lot of jerking of my neck and head when braking and steering to get out of the way). next time my lights do this it could make another trucker or person pulling an rv or a school bus full of kids or tour bus full of tourists think i have given the "clearance" to move into my lane; when i have not. someone is going to get killed if this issue won?t force to be repaired by gm/saturn. i reported to saturn, what caused this severe power drain on my car. when the auxiliary cooling fan near the compressor kicks in, it puts a severe power drain on the cars lights, which was using the heat or a/c that could be dozens of times in a matter of minutes if it appears that i am flashing my headlights to those in front of me and tapping my brakes to those behind me. last week, my local dealership was trying to fix my car. on the 2nd day of working on my car the service dept. called saturn incorporated for help. my dealership was forced by saturn corporation to stop working on my car. they were told not to fix my car claiming all saturns are designed this way. they said it is not a safety or warranty issue because my lights don't go all the way off. my lights might not go all the way out but they go out too much to be considered safe. note:(the 2004 l-300 loaner they had supplied me does it too) *la

1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 70 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F63Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 28, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn L200 2003 Drive type:U. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn L200 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph. Dealer's name: (flow) Saturn Of Greensboro .

Saturn Vue 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 09, 2003
Location:
Yonkers, NY

the headlight and daytime run lights burn out when it rains... instead of finding out the cause of the problem is, the dealer just replaces the bulbs and sends me on my way. the following rainy day, there i am back at the dealer with the same problem. so far this will be the third time, not including the problems with the drivetrain/rear diff that had to be replaced, the dash and cabin rattles that none can seem to fix, and the transmission that once left me stranded at a stop sign. *la

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 4000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5GZCZ43D03S. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn VUE 2003 Drive type:AWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn VUE 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph. Dealer's name: Saturn Of White Plains . Dealer's telephone number: 9147615000 . Dealer's city: White Plains . Dealer's state code: NY. Dealer's zipcode: 10606 .

Saturn L200 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Aug 15, 2003
Location:
Bayonne, NJ

problems with vehicle's power steering system.*mr consumer noticed the failure when driving off the lot but thought i was due to cold weather. later she learned the rack and pinion needed to be replaced due to fluid leaking. after the repair, consumer started hearing grinding noise when turning. on 10/08/03, the consumer learned the steering pump had to be replaced. after picking up the vehicle on this date, consumer heard more noises. this time it was a air pocket in the steering fluid. in addition, the automatic climate control system fails to work as designed. it's programmed at 87 degrees when its cold outside. instead of heat, it would blow warm then cold air. the computer was reprogrammed and the problem became worst than at first. there were countless other problems with this vehicle. *ph

Mileage was 15758 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F83Y. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Jan 31, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Saturn L200 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Brunswick . Dealer's telephone number: 732-418-1888 . Dealer's city: North Brunswick . Dealer's state code: NJ. Dealer's zipcode: 08902 .

Saturn Ion 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 07, 2003
Location:
Baltimore, MD

problems with vehicle left front blinkers and rear blinkers. *la *mr

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8AJ52FX32. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on May 31, 2003. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Saturn ION 2003 Drive type:U. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn ION 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Glen Burnie . Dealer's city: Glen Burnie . Dealer's state code: MD. Dealer's zipcode: 21060 .

Saturn L200 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Mar 01, 2003
Location:
Santa Rosa, CA

2003 l-200 purchased feb 03. soon found numerous issues with car, to this day have not been fixed. tried saturn 800 # to no avail. rep was rude. flat out told me nothing to be done by saturn if local dealer can't fix. told by local svc mgr supv i was making probs up & no one else had these problems. he told svc reps halt correcting or reviewing warranty work on our car. escalated & wrkd w/ dir of oprtns. he wasn't able to fix probs due to resistance frm saturn. was told no more work on probs becz saturn intervened in doing more warranty work. in "all" instances were given final resolution per saturn all problems are "working as designed", have no intention to fix them. said not going to invest money to fix in '03 but use complaints look at possible changes future cars. we have had and continue to have problems with 1) "safety issue": exterior lights flashing on/off 2) "safety issue": exterior auto on/off for day running and headlights doesn't register properly which one to use & when 3) interior lights dim higher & lower intermittently 4) automatic climate control does not work properly. does not properly regulate the heat & a/c. temp must be set a min. 84 degrees for heat then will only stay for awhile when suddenly it goes away &the a/c comes on. only 1/2 way fix for issue is to use this unit in a manual mode set to a min. 84 degrees & burn up the inside then turn off, turn back on to warm, keep repeating. in manual mode you also experience cold air when it runs out of hot air. 5) six disc cd/cassette philips system: volume goes from very soft to very loud in 1 click with no inbetween. the dealership replaced system with like one to find it does same thing. told an outside vendor piece of equipment & can't do anything about it. figure out way to balance it, push all sound to back of car, listen to it low or not at all. as you might well imagine i would "not" recommend to anyone to purchase a saturn vehicle. *ak

Mileage was 75 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU54F83Y. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 05, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn L200 2003 Drive type:RWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn L200 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Santa Rosa . Dealer's telephone number: 707-525-1800 . Dealer's city: Santa Rosa . Dealer's state code: CA.

Saturn Ion 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 01, 2003
Location:
Baltimore, MD

to date, vehicle has has multiple problems which dealer/service department has been unable to resolve. 10 service visits in less than 6 months and no end in sight. problems include: daytime running lights/blinker lights inopperable (repaired 6 times); outside temperature guage malfunctioning (repaired 3+ times); air conditioning inopperable and compass malfunctioning.*ak

Mileage was 6692 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8AJ52FX3Z. Vehicle was purchased on May 31, 2003. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn ION 2003 Drive type:U. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn ION 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Glen Burnie . Dealer's telephone number: 410-766-1400 . Dealer's city: Glen Burnie . Dealer's state code: MD. Dealer's zipcode: 21060 .

Saturn Ls 2001
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Nov 15, 2001
Location:
Las Vegas, NV

rear tail light assembly or tail light bulb has failed a total of ten times since november of 2001. i purchased the vehicle on 7/14/01 as a new vehicle.

Mileage was 0 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8JU84F41Y. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Saturn LS 2001 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO.

Saturn L200 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
May 25, 2004
Location:
Somerville, MA

this is the third incident, second in same day, where the electrical system failed. audible clicking sound under dash and lights repeatedly turning on & off, locks on and off and horn sounding. on 1 prior occasions, audible clicking heard and locks repeatedly turning on and off. clearly not an isolated incident, as i can see from other complaints that other owners of this model are experiencing the same problem. consequences of the problem --- neighbors called police to complain about noise. unable to keep alarm on due to continuing problem, leading to insecure car. also, safety issue with lights and locks repeatedly turning on and off with the electrical failure. dealer will service in two days (first available appt!!) and will update then.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 17000 miles. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 05, 2004. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn L200 2003 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn L200 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Medford . Dealer's telephone number: 781-395-6800 . Dealer's city: Medford . Dealer's state code: MA. Dealer's zipcode: 02155 .

Saturn Ion 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
July 31, 2004
Location:
Tracy, CA

the front left light of my 2003 saturn ion has gone out repeatedly. upon careful inspection, the bulb itself is not burnt out. when signaling left, the blinker in the vehicle and the left tail light blink very rapidly. as the front left turn signal light is also the daytime running lght, i have a burnt out left daytime runnung light which is a possible saftey hazard. the vehicle was brought in to the dealer three times. the first two times i was told that the bulb was defective and that they had just replaced it. i know this is not true as i tried to troubleshoot the vehicle before bringing it to the dealer by taking the right "good" buld and seeing if it would turn on in the left light assembly. it did not. the third time i brought it in the service manager told me they would just replace thw whole assembly as they have been having problems with them. after four months the problem re-appeared and i once more had to bring it into the dealer. being that the warranty is not expired, i had to pay for the repair. as this seems to be a reoccouring saftey failure, please investigate and advise.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 10000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8AL52F532. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Oct 21, 2002. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn ION 2003 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn ION 2003 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Pleasanton . Dealer's city: Pleasanton . Dealer's state code: CA.

Saturn Ion 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Nov 01, 2004
Location:
Yucaipa, CA

there was a problem with the turn signal lamps and daytime running lamps on saturn ion. *bf *sc

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Relay 2005
General Motors Corp.
Safety incident date:
Jan 16, 2005
Location:
Brownsville, TN

headlights, dash lights and interior lights go dim/bright/dim/bright etc. at night when acceleration with foot or with use of cruse control. notified saturn and also dealer. they both said this is a characteristic of the relay. dealer also said they had the same proiblem with the l series. saturn nor dealer have attempted to talk directly to me or fix it despite e-mails, letters, phone calls. i worry that an 18 wheeler might think i am flashing him that it is ok to pull over to the right. this is a dangerous situation and the new 05 saturn relay should not have been released for sale to the public if they had the same problem last year with the l series. check "mycarstats.com" for same complaints on the l series.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 750 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5GZDV23L55D. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Nov 21, 2004. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Saturn RELAY 2005 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn RELAY 2005 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 50 mph. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Jackson . Dealer's telephone number: 7316605055 . Dealer's city: Jackson . Dealer's state code: TN. Dealer's zipcode: 38305 .

Saturn Ion 2003
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Jan 01, 1901
Location:
Unknown, DC

2003 saturn ion has problems with daytime running lights.*mr *nm

Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Saturn Ion 2004
General Motors Llc
Safety incident date:
Mar 29, 2004
Location:
Two Rivers, WI

by 3500 miles (after 1500mi when we could have returned it), the front passenger turn signal burnt out. the car was also sputtering when we started the engine. the mechanic found a cracked head, that we were told was probably present when we purchased the car; had we known we would've returned the car. we were given a rental car, but had to drive 45 min one way to get to saturn of green bay. within a month, the front driver turn signal had burnt out. the wiring was replaced while we waited 2 hrs with our 3 year old. we had to drive 1 hr 1way to saturn of appleton for repairs. in aug 2004, the car was making a noise when we turned onto a steep grade. in mi for vacation, we had to drive over 1 hr 1way to saturn of troy; the swaybar and mounting brackets had to be fixed. we waited for over 2 hrs with our son while it was fixed. in sept 2004, the front passenger side turn signal had to replace the resistor. we drove 1 hr 1 way for the repair, and had to wait 2 hrs with our son. we had asked about the cruise making a funny noise, but it was checked and we were told it was fine. in april 2005, the cruise stopped working and had to be fixed. it took over a week for the part to come in, and almost 2 weeks for it to be repaired at saturn of green bay. i had to go to the dealer 30 minutes early, be driven over to my school where i teach, walk to my second school i teach at, and wait for a driver to pick me up (20-40 min past when i was done for the day). despite everything we've been through with a new car that should need minimal care at this point, we've been basically told that we should take the $2600 hit to buy a new car while the dealer breaks even. this is poor salesmanship, and we will not be purchasing saturn products any longer.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 3500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1G8AJ52F44Z. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Jan 27, 2004. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Saturn ION 2004 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Saturn ION 2004 Exterior Lighting Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph. Dealer's name: Saturn Of Appleton . Dealer's telephone number: 800-906-6062 . Dealer's city: Appleton . Dealer's state code: WI. Dealer's zipcode: 54914 .


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