3rd Mar 2007, 15:00
I want to encourage
everyone that had a timing chain issue with his or her Saturn to write to the NHTSA. When my chain broke last December (on a 50 MPH 2-lane highway), I wrote to the NHTSA to complain. Just this week (March 2 2007), the NHTSA responded for a request for additional information. They stated that the case has been re-opened do to the growing number of reported chain failures. They are especially interested in chains that broke while the car was on the road. (GM maintains it is not a safety issue as the chain usually breaks at start up.) While it cost ~$2500 to fix our car, I am more concern with the safety aspect. We came close on being hit when our chain broke. We need to give the NHTSA enough information to force GM to fix this
problem before someone gets hurt or worse. The NHTSA web site is
Friday, June 22, 2007
Many more complaints than those published by NHTSA appear on carsurvey.org, 86 separate comments worth. Most all had the timing chain break, engine damaged, and given a lame excuse by Saturn (failure to maintain). Saturn has not claimed that in our case, but as these others, they have dodged honing up to the responsibility to issue a recall.