hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
131,350 miles

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2006 Saturn Relay drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Saturn Relay Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 282013


  • 128,800 miles


After starting vehicle, with foot on brake, gear selection lever would not move from park and parking brake would not disengage as result. Shut down engine, restarted with same result. After several more attempts to move the shift lever, it finally released from park but had difficulty moving directly into reverse gear - it had to be "rowed" thru all gears to settle to reverse, and the transmission did not seem to engage in reverse initially. When it did engage reverse gear, the transmission "jumped, " lurching the car (the parking brake had disengaged when gear selection lever finally moved from park). This is an intermittent problem, and seems to sometimes coincide with other drivetrain issue previously described.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 012013

Relay 6-cyl

  • 129,100 miles
Attempted low/moderate acceleration from stop; transmission seemed to slip with engine RPM increasing but no transfer of power beyond about initial half-foot of forward motion, then hard shifted into gear (lurched the vehicle) and accelerated rapidly. This event was initially intermittent and not able to be reproduced by mechanic. It has now become frequent and affects shifting at highway speeds as well as from stop, making control of acceleration unpredictable is hard shifting through most gears when this is occurring, although at other times it shifts very smoothly throughout, making it more difficult to reproduce for mechanic.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 232013

Relay 6-cyl

  • 128,500 miles
Noted that driving lights flashed with wipers on delay setting. At next use, low oil pressure light & warning sounded but lights did not flash with delay wipers. Turning off engine and pulling hood latch & closing hood ended low pressure warning (oil pressure/ level were correct-false alarm). 2 days later, lights again flashed with wipers on delay but no oil pressure warning. Continued this back-and-forth (either oil warning or light flash with wiper use, but not concomitant) for 2 months, then low pressure warnings became constant, and the lights no longer flashed with the wipers at all.the low oil pressure warning can often be stopped by either turning off engine and carefully restarting or pulling hood latch and slamming hood. Shifting gears may also trigger the low pressure warning if it isn't already on.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 092009


  • 139,000 miles
AWD disabled when needed in snow. It seems to be caused by icy slush. I confirmed with the dealer that the hub assembly's AWD sensor can get covered up with mud or slush and the AWD system will disable. Any AWD system that gets disabled by slush is ludicrously designed, and borderline negligent with regards to safety.

- Frostburg, MD, USA

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