Cracked armrest on door panel

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Tom Yaney, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. Tom Yaney

    Tom Yaney Guest

    Hi all--

    I have a 2002 Saturn SL2 w/ 18K miles. Recently the armrest on the
    driver's side door cracked and broke into several pieces. Now there's
    a big hole where I rest my arm! It is just covered by the thin fabric.
    Has anyone else had this experience, and if so, have you had any luck
    with the dealer replacing it? I'm going to see if I can get it
    replaced under warranty. It seems to me that it should be covered,
    given that it broke under normal usage. Opinions anyone?


    Tom Yaney, Nov 22, 2003
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  2. Tom Yaney

    Skid Guest

    My 95 has a small crack in the arm rest, probably because I was using it to
    shift my body weight whenever I got in the car. I stopped doing that, and
    the crack hasn't grown. No harm in asking the dealer if this is a warranty
    Skid, Nov 22, 2003
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  3. They will probably replace it, unless it looks like you whacked it with
    something. (all of the Saturn dealerships I have dealt with have been top
    notch when it comes to customer service - they will do what they can to keep
    you happy)

    As an aside, materials selection, particularly for the interior, is one of
    my biggest gripes about our L300 - Saturn seems hell-bent on using the
    hardest, most brittle materials whenever they can - as a result, you get
    creaks, rattles, and groans when you really shouldn't - last time the car
    was in the shop, I took a look at the new Ions - even the dash is hard
    plastic - yuck!
    David & Caroline, Nov 22, 2003
  4. Same thing happened to me on my 02 SL Spl Edition. Reached into my
    pocket for tollway money and put to much of 155 Lbs on the armrest and
    it cracked. Was starting to look for a suitable piece of plastic and
    the JB Weld. Thought it cracked because I had the cheap SL. Took
    the car in one afternoon and the next day after work they had ordered
    and replaced the fabric cover and put in an inner liner in 90 Min.
    under warranty with no questions. First class service. Had the car
    in one time before last Jan. When it was around 0 for an oil change
    and also had excellent service. They even washed the car. I guess it
    was worth the $29 at that temperature. Just to get under the car
    without getting stuck I have to run it up on 4 patio blocks and in an
    unheated garage with insulated coveralls. Only the second time in my
    life that I paid to have the oil changed and I started out with a $325
    63 Rambler Ambassador which was a great car to work on. The Saturn
    sits so low. For $9999 it is a great car. It gets 40 MPG + all the
    time on the Highway in warm weather. And since the wife doesn't drive
    it because it is a manual it has to see 200 K Mi. The way she abuses a
    car in cold weather is enough to make one cry. I just read in the
    paper that the Saturn dealership in suburban Chicago which I bought
    the car at has closed as well as its sister dealership on Nov 6 and 7.
    Have not heard anything from Saturn about the closing which I thought
    was strange. Went past it last night and the Saturn sign is gone and
    the Subaru sign is up. That's a quick transition. Don't know if
    Saturn is in trouble but if it is I doubt that the Ion is the car to
    turn it around. Read in the Wall Street Journal within the last couple
    of years that Saturn has not made any money for GM. If that is true
    it is a shame.
    John Pennington, Nov 23, 2003
  5. Tom Yaney

    mjh404 Guest

    If not, you have 2 viable options. First you can contact and talk to Joey, he can get you any part
    in decent condition. Second, if you are ever so slightly mechanically
    inclined, is the local junkyard. We have a few close by. I have found it
    very convenient to just go and pull off the part I need, which sometimes
    costs next to nothing.
    Nowadays with ecological laws in most states getting tougher, most junkyards
    are cleaning up thier acts; I joke with my wife and told her that the
    junkyard that I goto is cleaner than our KMart! (which isn't saying much,
    mjh404, Nov 24, 2003
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