Unfortunately, the person in specific, had a pic of his car, with the front license plate visible in his sig.
Yep, that'll do it.
DanM: He dosen't race it, not on a track, and hardly from a stoplight with people. He had 7,000 miles on it, and the dealership was about to do it under warranty until Saturn Corporate stepped in with the posts. The manual even includes some tips for racing in it, so this seems a bit shady. It's one thing if he's out running 12 second 1/4 miles on his stock, original clutch. It's a little different in his case. It's not the point that they denied the warranty work, it's a clutch. What's shady is them browsing forums to see if people are using their car in the exact way that it's marketed....
Again, I should clarify that I wasn't speaking to this individual case (I have no idea how he drives it). Just saying that in general, I don't find anything wrong with this practice, and in fact, I support it.
See that's the thing - you're NOT to use the car as it's marketed. By that token, suppose I bought a new GMC Sierra, and actually tried to pull a 100 foot oak tree out of the ground with it like they do in the commercials, and fried my tranny. Should they have to pay for that? I don't think so.
As a 'reasonable' human being, you're supposed to drive the car in a 'reasonable' way, not just do what you see on TV and in magazines. Further to that, I'd be willing to bet that something in that vein is written somewhere, both in the owners' manual, warranty agreement, and probably even in fine print in the commercials! (professional driver, do not attempt...etc)
Frankly, I think if you tried to take it to court, you wouldn't have a leg to stand on. No more than the kid who tries to sue Universal Studios because he thinks he's Keanu Reeves in the Matrix and can fly off buildings.
It does suck, and I feel for the guy who got burned on it. I know I'd be pissed off if it were me. But I really don't find anything wrong with the practice in principle. (again, not saying this particular guy did), but if you behave badly in a car, abuse it, and post it publicly, what's wrong with a dealer using that against you?