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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,150 miles

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2005 Saturn Relay accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Saturn Relay Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 242008


  • 39,600 miles


Passenger sliding door chimed and reopened without being obstructed. Relay was originally purchased in 2005 and problems with doors began within one year. Initially repair was denied as dealer "could not duplicate problem." The sensors have been serviced 3 times by dealer, and motors were replaced once while vehicle was under warranty. This problem is concerning as manufacturer and dealers are aware of issue, and reports on Saturn forum and have numerous owners experiencing failure of doors. Doors have opened while car is in gear, but stopped. Concerned that doors will open while car is moving and children will be ejected or injured by debris entering vehicle.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #3

Dec 122008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Relay. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle passenger side doors opened without warning. The driver had to stop the vehicle to close the doors; however, they would not close completely and continued to pen while driving. The dealer inspected the vehicle and was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer advised the contact to have the vehicle reinspected by a Saturn dealer. The manufacturer also stated that since the mileage was high they would not compensate them for any repairs. The is aware of the safety risk since her children could possibly be ejected from the vehicle. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #2

Sep 262008


  • 63,000 miles
Power door on 2005 Saturn Relay is not shutting completely and it has also started to open while driving. It has not opened completely while driving, but it separates enough that the locking system on the car starts to lock and unlock all the doors repeatedly. The interior manual handle to control the door no longer works, but it does work by using the interior button. The exterior handle does not work 100% of the time and sometimes the door does not fully open and has to be manually pushed open the rest of the way, or shut and then reopened so that the motor will reengage.

- Atlanta, IN, USA

problem #1

Aug 132005


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Saturn Relay. The contact stated that the passenger side electric door does not latch properly. As a result, the door opens while the vehicle is moving. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they re-adjusted the door striker. Immediately after the repair, the failure recurred. Secondly, he noticed excessive vibration when depressing the brake pedal. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they machined his braking system. After the repair, the failure recurred. The contact took the vehicle to another dealer and they replaced the brake rotors and pads. The contact called the manufacturer and they referred him back to the dealer. As of August 7, 2008, the dealer has not successfully remedied the failure. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 48,900.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

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