Welcome to Saturn Settlement — the one-stop shop on how to fight back against GM.
My guess is that you're all in the same boat I am, stuck with a car that GM agreed in court to repair, but is now refusing to do so. For those unfamiliar, with the Saturn VTi transmission problems, let me bring you up to speed, no pun intended.
On April 16, 2009, after years of denial and deliberation, GM settled a class action lawsuit brought by owners of Saturn Ion and Vue models with continuously variable transmissions due to their widespread history of failure. Rather than notify the owners in accordance with the settlement agreement, GM filed for bankruptcy protection on June 1, 2009. Some 150,000 vehicles sold by Saturn between 2003 and 2005 are affected, but because GM never notified the owners, most are still unaware their transmissions could suddenly and catastrophically fail.
I found out the hard way, when mine gave out a 65mph. Only after searching online did I discovered information about the defective VTis, the class action settlement and that GM conceded in covering the cost and labor to replace or rebuild the transmission. GM has since instructed Saturn dealerships to deny the repairs the lawsuit stipulated. They now claim that the bankruptcy puts the settlement in the past and expect us to pay up to $7500 to get our Saturns running again. (Not exactly the way to persuade any of us to buy another GM car in the future.)
If GM is allowed to slither out of the bankruptcy and abandon Saturn owners, then who's next? What happens when a Cadillac conks out or a Buick breaks down? Will GM also tell them, "Sorry about your luck, but that was the old GM"?
Saturn Settlement will chronicle my struggle — our struggle — to find justice. Comments are encouraged, so add your story to mine. Along the way, if we don't find justice, we can at least organize our collective revenge against the company that has abandoned many of us on the side of road.
Tell everyone you know how GM screwed you and to seriously consider whether they are willing to trust the new GM with their warranties — or their lives.