I bought (had!) a new SATURN SL-1 2000 on April 1,2000 with automatic
transmission having only 52,000 km (34,000 miles) when accident
occured. Since the 1st day I garaged it, and serviced regulary at
SATURN authorized dealer at Montreal (DECARIE SATURN).
On January 21,2005 it was - 35C (deep cold!) outside and as I was
driving at the highway suddenly I heard a big bang under my car and I
was literaly lifted form my seat. The car lost electricity, pieces of
metal were all over the highway, even pieces of metal hit a truck
behind me who start horning like a crazy! Transmission oil was spilled
all over the highway, and braking fluid leaked so I hardly could even
brake in order to stop the car, but I managed. Transmission broke and
the estimated damage is about 2,000 CAD$.
My insurance company hired an "independant expert" who found out (all
together with SATURN mechancis, they did not call me to attend) that ME
(the driver) was in fault as and that the damaged occured "due to
excessive spinning of my tires in the snow". BTW there was no snow on
the highway, and I was not spinning at all.
But before the "expert" report was done, I was called by DECARIE SATURN
(authorized trusted garage according to my BELAIR insurance company) by
Mr. VITO who is in charge for claims. He offered I cite "A DEAL THAT
WILL MAKE ME HAPPY". When I asked what was all about he told me to come
to the garage "TO DISCUSS". I guess he had a plan how to "fix" my car
to look like it was an accident/collision so that I can be rembursed by
On the other side even if I had SATURN extended warranty it would not
help as "there was no collision, only driver's fault", so they wouldn't
However, I have intention on sueing GM and SATURN for hidden defects on
their automatic transmission, so I need your help guys if you have any
similar problems or any info that I may consult. I'd appreciate a lot!
MILOS MILISAVLJEVIC, Montreal, Canada