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The Truth About Saturn: A Different Kind of Car Company | WheelHouse

Published on May 28, 2018 887,914 views

Saturn was GM’s chance to change the game, but only lasted 20 years. Why did it fail?

GM needed small cars in their lineup, but was hesitant to build them under their already existing brands. So they started Saturn, and gave them free reign to design an entirely new car. But somewhere along the way, they failed.

WheelHouse answers all the questions about the automotive world you never thought to ask. Nolan Sykes looks at the history, sociology and psychology behind the cars you love, and the features you might overlook.

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  • mocking intercessor
    mocking intercessor Год назад I've got a 1996 that still runs like new. It's a race to see which of us lives longer
  • Robert Crews II
    Robert Crews II 3 дня назад I own a 1995 SL2 with 116,000 miles Got it from an older lady I'm 2nd owner. It's so clean and rare no one has one here.
  • Ya Boi KungPow FuckFinger
    Ya Boi KungPow FuckFinger 1 месяц назад I’ve got a 99 SL2 with 90k miles, all it needed were new spark plugs and a fix because of an oil leak as if hadn’t been used or started since 2002, the year I was born. Just got it back yesterday and it runs perfectly.. I got a feeling I’ll have it for a long time Best part is, I live an hour and a half away from the town it was made in...
  • Alex Duke
    Alex Duke 2 месяца назад Lol those old Saturns are tanks no matter what anyone says.. This is completely unrelated but. I've got a 2001 Ford explorer sport Trac with 313,000 on it and it's still going strong I think it came from up North though the body mounts are rusted out so it's pretty much just sitting on the frame... Had to replace the rear swing shackles bc one was rusted through and the other gave out when I was jacking it up, aanndd the fuel tank had a few pin holes develop in it lol I've done all the work myself so I only have like 200 in parts... I'm a Chevy guy but damn. I'm impressed! i got a deal on it I couldn't pass up.. Factory flip down TV in the back with a VCR hahaha the kids sure enjoy the old Disney movies riding around!
  • Jacob Hall
    Jacob Hall 2 месяца назад My 2003 has 205k miles on it and still drives like new
  • mpotokar7
    mpotokar7 2 месяца назад @eclecticmn you bought your first car in 2010 and your son has a car by 2018?
  • Green Phantom
    Green Phantom 3 месяца назад pollyisagoodbird because it’s made out of Tupperware
  • Green Phantom
    Green Phantom 3 месяца назад mocking intercessor yeah but my bicycle is faster.
  • David Chase
    David Chase 4 месяца назад I put 250 plus thousand miles on my 96 and I sold it for 650 bucks. It was just starting to show signs of needing auto transmission work done. I never had to do major work on that car. the most reliable car I ever owned and I owned a lot of shit cars. Best shit car Saturn S series.
  • carl l
    carl l 4 месяца назад My money is on the car. Sorry bud
  • Nathan Biggs
    Nathan Biggs 7 месяцев назад (изменено) Mocking intercessor when you die I'll take your still running Saturn :p
  • eclecticmn
    eclecticmn 8 месяцев назад My first Satrun was a 96 SL2, bought used in 2010. I finally am getting rid of it. I loved it. I now drive a 2002 SC2 with only 250K miles on it. Love that car too. Easy to work on and simple. My son has a 2008 Dodge Avenger that you have to remove the tire to change thr battery. POS.
  • Jsalrulz
    Jsalrulz 8 месяцев назад I'm rooting for you.
  • Salvador
    Salvador 9 месяцев назад Amatheo Gonzalez yeah, l bought Saturn in 2004 and still runs like new too, 170k and run fast never change any piece in the motor. Saturn is a very good car.
  • Amatheo Gonzalez
    Amatheo Gonzalez 9 месяцев назад I have a 97 sl1 that still runs like New. Saturn really was a good company
  • pollyisagoodbird
    pollyisagoodbird 9 месяцев назад I've got an '04 with only 70k on it, but so many structural issues since the previous owner failed to care for it, so the underside is a Frankenstein monster. At least there's no rust on the body, though!
  • guitarplayergeek
    guitarplayergeek 11 месяцев назад (изменено) They didn't make money because the cars were too reliable. I had a Green 94 sl2. The odometer died at 332K miles, but I drove it for 3-4 years beyond that. The engine easily had over 500k on it. The only repair I ever did was an alternator and the timing chain. $800 at the dealer. Loved that car. Florida to Boston(and back) 4x a year for well over 15 years. Sold it to a desperate friend for $50. Wish car companies could be more unique and distinguishable. Cars are becoming more and more disposable. Average owner keeps it for three years then "trade up", passing upcoming burden's on to the next owner. Saturn was a good company in the beginning but profit margins always win...Sad!
  • z
    z 3 месяца назад That's about the dumbest thing I've ever read... Not even worth educating you.
  • BRIDON
    BRIDON 3 месяца назад EXACTLY! The cars lasted SO long that owners didnt need another purchase for a decade or so. Now, mind you, this is for an economy car. Im on my third saturn now. Im just happy i found a cream puff 2002 sl. It now just hit 38k. I wont be needin a car for a LONG time. Im not rich.......so this makes me happy. GM should have just let Saturn alone. They would have found their way.
  • Greg Leavitt
    Greg Leavitt 4 месяца назад Totally agreed, a case of being "too effective". I went from a '96 SL2, which did nothing but pass inspections and get me from A to B cheaply and reliably for many years, to an '07 Saab 93 -- another car with well over 100k on it that is also cheap and reliable, albeit a lot more fun to drive, and also run aground by GM. Just saying. 🤔