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 (19)

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

Saturn Aura, BMW 335
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)

The Saturn Vue Is Back as the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport

2012 Chevrolet Captiva SportThis is a strange development to say the least. The somewhat popular but short-lived second-generation Saturn Vue is coming back to the United States as the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport.

You’ll see it on the streets, but you won’t be able to buy one new, and you’ll probably see it at used-car dealerships over time. That’s because the Captiva Sport is coming for the sole purpose of fulfilling fleet orders, according to General Motors.

The Captiva Sport will be available in LS, LT and LTZ trims. All models will include 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and electronic stability control. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Up-level trims will offer features like leather seats, a rearview camera and sunroof.

The Captiva Sport is powered by a 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder on the LS trim and a 264-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 on the LT and LTZ trims. All models use a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Captiva is sold around the world except in the U.S. With huge demand on the retail side for the Chevrolet Equinox, the Captiva Sport fleet option could take pressure off the popular crossover in the U.S.

As far as we know, this is the only vehicle you’ll see in rental fleets that you can’t buy at a dealership. The Captiva Sport will become available to fleet customers late this year. We had thought this model may be coming, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already tested the vehicle, giving the Captiva Sport a four-star rollover rating; frontal and side crash-test ratings aren’t yet available.

Should this car be available to regular car buyers, too? Tell us in the comments below.

By Colin Bird | March 11, 2011 | Comments (212)

Should GM Have Recalled the Saturn Ion Over Steering Issues?

2007 Saturn Ion

Last March, General Motors recalled 1.3 million 2005-10 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007-10 Pontiac G5 vehicles over a faulty power-steering system. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether the Saturn Ion should have been a part of that recall.

In the affected vehicles, the electric power assist could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to NHTSA. The Ion wasn’t part of the recall, but after 638 complaints and 1,444 warranty claims of electric power-steering loss, the agency is rethinking a potential recall for all 384,000 2004-07 Ions.

General Motors rebukes the need for a recall. According to the automaker, a power-steering failure shouldn’t increase the risk of accident; the car should still be controllable despite the increased steering effort. GM also says the Ion failure rate has been much lower than that of the recalled Cobalts and G5s, and if the Ion experiences power-steering failure, the system will be repaired free-of-charge if the vehicle is under warranty. In April, the automaker made NHTSA aware of the Saturn Ion issue, which was one month after the Cobalt and G5 recall.

Eleven crashes and three injuries have been tied to the power-steering failures, according to NHTSA. The agency will continue to closely monitor the situation. According to the New York Times, the level of complaints and accidents may now warrant potential recall action.

Should G.M. Have Recalled Saturn Ions for Steering Failures? (New York Times)

By Colin Bird | December 28, 2010 | Comments (9)

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)

Recall Alert: 207,000 GM Crossovers


GM announced today it is recalling 207,210 of its crossovers —  including the 2009 and 2010 model year Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook — due to a faulty piece of trim on the second row of seats.
This trim can make it harder to return the second row to an upright position after being folded flat. The seat belt buckle can also come in contact with the frame, and if there is enough pressure, the red release button could be partially depressed. As a result, the seat belt may not properly restrain the passenger in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
The recall will begin on or before Aug. 31, and dealers will modify the trim shields on the second row and replace and belt buckles if they’re damaged. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Buick at 866-608-8080, GMC at 866-996-9463, Saturn at 800-972-8876 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hot line at 888-327-4236.




By David Thomas | August 17, 2010 | Comments (4)

GM to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Heated Windshield Wiper System


Do you have a heated windshield wiper system on your 2006-2009 GM vehicle? If so, it’s likely part of a wide-ranging recall of 1.36 million vehicles including 18 different models of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer and Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs.
The defect is a new one, and it follows a previous recall of the same system in the same vehicles. So if you’ve already had one recall performed, this is another you’ll need to address. Even if you’ve had the previous recall performed, the system may still have significant heat and melting issues that could lead to fire.
GM will be removing these systems completely from the vehicles and reimbursing owners $100. The systems will not be reinstalled, and GM no longer offers this option on new vehicles. The recall will begin on or before Monday. In the meantime, do not use the system.

The full list of vehicles is below, as are the customer service numbers for each division and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By David Thomas | June 8, 2010 | Comments (7)

GM Adds 2005-2010 Saturns to Certified Used Vehicle Lineup

Although it didn’t make the brand cut, Saturn can at least take solace that 2005-2010 model year vehicles will survive as GM Certified Used Vehicles and will remain available for purchase at GM dealers for the foreseeable future.

This means customers will get the 12-month or 12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty backed by GM, as well as the fully transferable 100,000-mile/five-year powertrain warranty.

Because the Saturn brand is finished, consumers may find good deals on used Saturn vehicles, which include several vehicles that are worth a look. If you’ve ever had your eye on a Vue crossover or Aura sedan, this might be a good time to check out GM’s Certified Used Vehicles inventory.

By Stephen Markley | February 16, 2010 | Comments (1)

Pontiac, Saturn Go on Fire Sale

With the fates of Pontiac and Saturn sealed, GM will face the prospect of moving the last vehicles of those brands off lots, and that’s good news for consumers. The automaker will offer extremely nice incentives to put you in a car from one of the discontinued brands.

This could both inflate GM’s December sales and cut the cost of a Pontiac or Saturn vehicle by as much as 46% off the sticker price.

The end-of-brand fire sale was sparked by a Dec. 23 letter sent from GM to its dealers saying it would pay them $7,000 for every new Saturn or Pontiac that is moved to rental-vehicle or service-vehicle fleets of the dealers. The vehicles then would have to be described as used to customers because the dealer will technically be the first owner. But the discount could still be tremendous.

The cost of the program to GM will be considerable, and Ward’s Auto estimates that as of December, GM still has 14,500 new Pontiacs and Saturns on the lots. GM has not commented on the financial impact. All deals on parts, service and warranties remain covered by GM.

If you’re looking to capitalize on the deal, you’d better hurry. The offer expires Jan. 4, the last day of the December car-sales month.

GM Plans Pontiac Fire Sale (Wall Street Journal)

By Stephen Markley | December 29, 2009 | Comments (29)

Recall Alert: 52,937 GM Compact Cars

GM has issued a recall for 52,937 vehicles, including the 2006-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2007 Pontiac G5 and 2006-2007 Saturn Ion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall is for vehicles sold or currently registered in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas and is due to a plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly that could crack. If either of these components cracks then fuel will leak, which could cause a fire if it ignites. The fuel leak may be visible depending on the size of the crack.

Dealers will replace the fuel pump module for free. Even if you do not own a vehicle sold or registered in the aforementioned states, check with your dealer all the same. Some vehicles from the same timeframe in other states may be eligible for special warranty coverage.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Saturn at 800-972-8876 and Pontiac at 800-620-7668 or NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.




By Stephen Markley | November 2, 2009 | Comments (8)

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