1st Generation (2005—2007) Relay Problems

This generations ranks 20th out of 36 Saturn generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (33%), electrical (16%), and the steering (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Is Slipping 1 complaints at an average of 114,000 miles in the 2006 Saturn Relay.
  2. Fuel Gauge Is Inaccurate 1 complaints at an average of 32,000 miles in the 2007 Saturn Relay.
  3. Loud Groaning Noise When Turning 1 complaints at an average of 16,000 miles in the 2005 Saturn Relay.

What Relay Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Saturn model years.

Watch out for the 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2007 2 1 517 1.01
2006 3 2 447 1.96
2005 7 3 367 1.51

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