Is Driving a Certain Car Your Ticket to Traffic Court?


Look, just because you drive a Subaru WRX doesn't mean you're more likely to be the type of person who exceeds the speed limit or breaks other traffic laws. OK, it actually does mean that, but we're not the ones saying it, is. The auto-insurance rate-comparison website analyzed online quote info from more than half a million drivers and more than 500 car models between January 2013 and July 2014, and identified the cars most likely to be used in the commission of a traffic offense. Coincidentally, a fifth of the list is composed of competitors in's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge in which the WRX scored the fastest times.

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According to the study, one in three drivers of the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX compact performance sedan has had a traffic violation for an offense such as speeding, failure to yield or drunken driving in the past three years, making it the No. 1 most-ticketed car.

By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2.4 Million 2004-2012 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,440,524 model-year 2004-12 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, model-year 2004-07 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx wagons, model-year 2005-10 Pontiac G6 vehicles and 2007-10 Saturn Aura sedans

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, corrosion could develop in the brake lamp wiring harness, causing the brake lights to fail. In addition, cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and brake assist could also become disabled.

GM has reported "several hundred" complaints related to the recall, as well as 13 crashes and two injuries; no fatalities have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: GM has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Concerned owners can contact Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, Pontiac at 800-762-2737 and Saturn at 800-553-6000 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Saturn Aura


Vehicles Affected: About 56,214 model-year 2007-2008 Saturn Aura sedans manufactured between April 24, 2006, and Oct. 31, 2007, and equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission

The Problem: The transmission shift cable may fracture while the vehicle is being driven, and upon attempting to stop and park the vehicle, the driver will not be able to shift the lever to the Park position or remove the ignition key. If the vehicle is not in Park, it could roll away, increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shift cable assembly and mounting bracket for free. The automaker has not provided an owner notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-553-6000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 1.3 Million Older Model GM Vehicles


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1.3 million older-model GM vehicles. The affected cars include model-year 2004-06 and 2008-09 Chevrolet Malibu sedans, 2004-06 Malibu Maxx wagons, non-turbo versions of the 2009-10 Chevrolet HHR hatchback, model-year 2010 versions of the Cobalt coupe and sedan, model-year 2008-09 versions of the Saturn Aura sedan, model-year 2004-07 versions of the Saturn Ion coupe and sedan, and model-year 2005-09 versions of the Pontiac G6. GM is also reporting that certain vehicles that had related service parts installed before May 31, 2010, under a previous safety recall may also be affected.

The Problem: GM is recalling the vehicles due to a sudden loss of electric power steering assist, which increases the risk of a crash. If this happens, drivers will be alerted by a message on the driver information center and a corresponding chime. "Steering control can be maintained because the vehicle will revert to manual steering, but greater driver effort would be required at low vehicle speeds," GM said in a statement.

The automaker also said that it's unaware of any fatalities related to this recall, but some crashes have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Customers who previously paid for repairs of these parts are eligible for reimbursement, GM said. Owners of non-turbocharged model-year 2006-09 Chevrolet HHRs and model-year 2003 Saturn Ions that are not part of this recall will be given lifetime warranties for replacement of the electronic power steering motor.  

"With these safety recalls and lifetime warranties, we are going after every car that might have this problem, and we are going to make it right. We have recalled some of these vehicles before for the same issue and offered extended warranties on others, but we did not do enough," Jeff Boyer, vice president, GM global vehicle safety, said in a statement.

What Owners Should Do: GM will notify owners, but has not yet released an owner notification timeline. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, Pontiac at 800-762-2737 and Saturn at 800-553-6000 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 31, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6, 2007-2010 Saturn Aura

GM is recalling 426,240 model-year 2008-10 Chevrolet Malibus and Pontiac G6s, along with model-year 2007-10 Saturn Aura sedans due to problems with the automatic transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles are equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission with a faulty shift cable. The tabs on the cable may fracture, so the shift lever and the position of the transmission may not match. This could cause the car to roll away if the driver thinks it’s in Park and it isn’t, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM has not provided an owner notification schedule, but dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call GM at 800-521-7300 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 21, 2012 | Comments (21)

Saturn Aura, BMW 335i See Biggest Used Price Drops on

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Late-model used-car prices on have eased a little recently, dropping slightly from June 1 to July 1, but a number of used cars saw big decreases in asking price.

The Saturn Aura midsize sedan saw the biggest percentage decrease, declining 12%, or $1,764, to $13,197. The BMW 335i compact luxury car had the next greatest drop with an 8% decline, resulting in a $3,446 decrease in the average asking price to $39,969. BMW recently redesigned the 3 Series sedan for the 2012 model year.

From June 1 to July 1, used-car prices for 2009 to 2011 models slid a modest $31 to an average $22,350. Though lower than last month, this average is still $554 greater than it was at the beginning of the year for used cars from these model years.

The charts below details the top 10 used cars from the 2009 to 2011 model years with the biggest price drops — as well as the 10 with the biggest increases. To be eligible for the list, a model had to have 500 cars in's national inventory to give potential shoppers a chance at finding one nearby.

By Mike Hanley | July 30, 2012 | Comments (0)

GM Plays Matchmaker for Pontiac, Saturn Owners

GM Plays Matchmaker for Lost Pontiac, Saturn Owners

Saturn and Pontiac were officially dissolved at the end of October when GM terminated all franchise agreements with its dealerships for the brands. To keep Pontiac and Saturn owners in the GM universe, the automaker has set up websites that play matchmaker for them and their next car.

On each site, GM will match your current ride with a new vehicle. The catch is it will only match you with a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle, which leads to some interesting matches. For instance, selecting a Saturn Aura will match you to a Chevrolet Malibu, Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal and Cadillac CTS. The Malibu and Regal are the closest to the Aura in terms of cost. If you have a Pontiac Montana, the website will suggest GM’s large to midsize crossovers such as the Chevy Traverse and GMC Terrain. GM currently has no minivan offerings.

By Colin Bird | November 24, 2010 | Comments (11)

GM Stops Saturn Production; What Now?


GM stopped producing new Saturns yesterday after news broke that its deal to sell the brand to Penske Automotive Group fell through. People were shocked in both the executive suites of Detroit and the 350 Saturn dealerships across the country. Add in the thousands of Saturn owners and potential buyers, and there’s a lot of confusion over the future of GM’s formerly “different” car company. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a Saturn owner or potential buyer.

By David Thomas | October 2, 2009 | Comments (31)

Saturn Deal Falls Through, Brand to Die


Today, Penske Automotive Group is withdrawing its plan to purchase Saturn from GM. In turn, GM has issued a statement declaring it will not seek other buyers for Saturn and will wind down the brand and its dealers.
The terms of this process — including how long new Saturns will be produced and sold — will be announced at a later date.

Penske cited problems securing deals to sell other makes and models besides the current crop of GM-sourced vehicles. The company said a deal with a third party to make future Saturns fell through and that led to the deal’s termination.

Saturn now joins Pontiac and Oldsmobile in the GM graveyard. The sale of Hummer is still ongoing.  
By David Thomas | September 30, 2009 | Comments (15)

No New Saturns or Hummers after 2009


During GM’s announcement today that Pontiac would no longer exist after 2010, the company also said it would stop producing new Saturns after the 2009 model year and Hummers by the end of 2009.

Previously, GM had said it would build Saturn through 2011. The 2009 model year is currently being sold; GM generally switches over to the new model year during the summer. This means no new Saturns — and likely no new Hummers — will roll off assembly lines after this summer.

While the end of Pontiac may be seen as a sad day to automotive buffs, the same can’t be said for Saturn and Hummer. The two brands don’t have the cachet or fanbase of the 83-year-old Pontiac. However, this accelerated timeline caught the industry off guard.

If you’re thinking of buying a car or SUV from either brand, spokesmen from both companies say that they will be fully backed by GM’s warranty until either brand is sold. That same warranty is also backed by the U.S. government for any GM vehicle sold through May 31.

Both Saturn and Hummer are in the process of being sold to new owners. There are a number of scenarios for each brand, which we detail below.

By David Thomas | April 27, 2009 | Comments (22)

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