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2005 Saturn Relay

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 16/Hwy 23/Comb 19 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, 3.5 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2005 Saturn Relay Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
5.8
Out of 10

Based on 141 Ratings for the 2005 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    6.1/10
    Quality
    6.0/10
  • Reliability
    6.4/10
    Performance
    6.6/10
  • Comfort
    7.0/10
    Styling
    7.0/10

Most reliable Chevy/Saturn I ever owned

By on Thursday, February 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great buy for the price."

Cons: "The head lights yellow with sun exposure."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The vehicle has been great to drive on trips. The DVD system works great, the seats are very comfortable. The handling on the road at high speed was incredible for a minivan. I was impressed with the handling. Cheaper than a Honda Odyssey. The one power door has trouble with the slide so it makes a little noise. The AC had a small o ring leak. One of the electric modules had to be replaced but we had an extended warranty. My daughter now uses it for her Nanny job. I heard about the AC problems for that year but we never had the problem. We recommended the van to my Brother in law and he had the AC problems on his Saturn Relay and traded it in. It would be nice to disconnect the power doors to manual like the Chrysler Town and Country does."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Problems with bearing assembly and passenger door

By on Friday, March 23, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Faulty bearing assembly was giving false traction controland stabilitrac warnings until dealership finally (after 5 tries)figured out what was wrong. The left passenger power sliding door does not want to stay closed and sounds warning beeps when closing. This is a problem with my daughters relay also. Other than those 2 things I have been very happy with the car. It drives very well under adverse conditions."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Wish it were better

By on Friday, February 17, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I wanted to like this Relay. Unfortunately the slider doors don't work without beeping, sending off the alarm that the door is open (even though it's not). After many trips to 3 different Saturn dealers and 2 body shops I just pulled the fuse. So now it's quiet but we don't have power doors anymore. It's also effectively quite small. It's very hard to get to the back seats, even for my daughters, who are now 6,8 and 9. The rear "storage" area behind the back seat is effectively very small because of the triangle made by the rear sloping back seat and forward sloping rear door. It has however been quite reliable from a purely mechanical standpoint, with nothing with anything other than the above. If we hadn't paid so much for it, we would have sold it years ago."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

not the best vehicle i've owned

By on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Smooth ride going down the highway."

Cons: "I just wouldn't recomend this van to anyone......."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"We've had nothing but problems with the power slider door on passenger side since we bought it. ABS sensor light keep coming on. Nobody can figure these problems out. You might drive a 2 - 3 hour trip with the dinger going off, and the only way to stop it is to disconnect the battery for a few seconds. So we have to use the driver slider door all of the time so as not set the noise off. It's a real pain in the buttocks!!! It has been reliable for the most part, not spending much on it otherwise."

The Relay has been a reliable vehicle for us.

By on Monday, January 02, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "Automatic doors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We like our Saturn Relay. The DVD player has been nice for the children to watch movies or play games. It has lots of cupholders and little tables are nice. The problems we have experienced with this vehicle is the automatic doors for the passengers; we periodically are having problems closing them at times. We also find that when we want to take the seats out they are very heavy and bulky. We had problems with our heating last year with cold air coming out of the back vents. Other than that it's been a good vehicle for us. We tow a small camper and it handles well as long as you don't travel over mountains; otherwise, it overheats. The space between the back seat and gate is small. We do have a removable compartment for storage for this area but haven't used it since we have had the vehicle. We were surprised that it doesn't get good gas mileage outside the city also."

Good No-Frills Family Transportation

By on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfortable, roomy, great for the family"

Cons: "AC has been problematic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have driven this van for six years. It has been reliable with only a few mechanical issues (AC needs frequent recharging, control arms went out at 60,000 miles). It is roomy and comfortable and drives nicely. The standard DVD player is great for the family on long trips."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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