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Saturn VUE, SUV
#1787 of 3783 re:-VTi & Height ... and the "late Miss Viv"...
Aug 24, 2002 (7:10 am)
(mmspeal) ... and all ..
-Thanks for the height info. I was just kidding ya. I'm 5' 8" which is VERY average for a guy.
-Actually, I am very used to small cars, (not being North American born), (and I don't need it for my ego either), so the VUE will take some getting ued to.
-Actually, I am probably going to be like you. Get over that in a flash and find lots of excuses to head over to Home Depot and load up with home & gardening stuff etc. My Dad had this thing about trees and cow s _ _ _ !
-The V6 is a 'smidgen' intimidating. Sure I will not look back on that either. Hold on to your hat stuff !!!
-So what was up with your papers coming in as "GOLD" ? Thanks for the tip on pre-paper work. I think the dealership guys will be on the phone the micro second that they know it's a definate. I think they are stunned/nonplusssed that I have been so patient and a little embarrassed with the evasive info and delay.
-Yes I felt the same as you which is why I talked myself up to the V6. The bottom line is that I really, really want this car. My Saturn salesperson was also reluctant to advise the VTi. However, it's not new technology, just new to GM.
-Continued 'e's to & from my dealer "Ops" guy and he promises that I "WILL" be the first "2003 Bright Blue" owner at the dealership as "sold" VUEs get first priority once they start making the blues. So I will be over my 'didn't get my blue, blues"!!
-My Tracker is also due back from AAMCO, Monday, after my second tranny rebuild. And the "smoking gun" to solve months of tranny rebuild troubles ??? The first guys didn't replace the original seals that were all hard as rock ! Funny when that was their original diagnosis, "hardening of the arteries" ... ie:- need new seals.
-I don't get why they would make such a mistake, but if my 'baby' comes back with a new spring in her step again , ready to embrace her soon to be semi-beach retirement, I'll be delighted ... and recomending AAMCO to anyone who will listen.
re:-Saturn New Ads ...
-Saw my first new Saturn advert. on the box with just folks and no cars expect for the 'bright three' at the end. It's cool to see the VUE take centre stage.
-I also heard my first radio advert. from my dealership for 2002 VUEs listing all it's pluses. Sounded good to me !
#1788 of 3783 Happy New Vue owner
Aug 24, 2002 (1:09 pm)
Bought a 6 cyl 2002 AWD red Vue in July and am quite delighted. Got the sunroof, abs, side airbags and upgraded cd/casette stereo system for $23,500. They had a $1500. market adjustment from original pice of $25,000. About the only complaint I have is the steering wheel, wish it came leather wrapped. I fixed that with a leather cover. A little fabric on the doors would have been nice also. The engine is a bit noisy but this is an SUV and not my Father's Oldsmobile. I'm getting 23.5mpg in mixed driving. I added the roof rack, carpet mats, rigid mud flaps and deflector for the sunroof. I may add the rear deflector and also the cargo mat for the back. This is my first Saturn purchase, wanted a small SUV and test drove the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Escape/ Mazda Tribute. The Forester still looks lik a "fridge on wheels" although greatly improved for 2003. The Hyundai was supect in quality and overly "curvey" but quieter than the Vue, the Ford/ Mazda rode like a truck and was very noisy on th highway. For the price the Vue is hard to beat and it is a lot of fun to drive. I'm hoping that we get snow in Colorado this year so that I can test out the all wheel drive. The tires were overinflated when I picked it up at 36 psi, after talking to service I reduced pressure to 30 psi per manual and improved the ride. This forum was very helpful in making my decision, thank you for all of the posts. I haven't read all of them but I'm back to March 2001 so far.
#1789 of 3783 Re: noisy
Aug 24, 2002 (1:21 pm)
I saw that. Did someone just say the engine was "a bit noisy"?
#1790 of 3783 re:-Congrats. New Vue ...
Aug 25, 2002 (6:02 am)
-Congrats on your new 02 VUE ! Neat !
-Boy, you kept below the radar with your research ! I haven't seen any POSTs from you before ... and then ... snap, you are done.
-I found your comments interesting. Loved your comment on the Subaru !! Chuckle, chuckle ... )))
-What is the "$1500 maket adjustment from the original" mean ? My ears really pricked up when I read that. I have the original 'work sheet' from my order, 6/14/02, but there have been some slight price hikes for 03 still to review when she/it finally arrives.
-I think the V6 was reviewed as 'raspy' sounding. I had forgotten that the Escape was also reviewed as road noisey. Another good reason for not going with that model.
-Don't hold your breath to use the AWD. The next rain storm will be all the proving that you need ! Don't forget to wave at the other folks as you sail by with confidence.
-I've ordered the Sunroof, ABS etc like you, but also Roof Rack, Molded Mud Flaps, Cargo Cover, Rubber Mats and Cargo Mat.
-Enjoy the ride.
#1791 of 3783 Response to Gehe
Aug 25, 2002 (11:24 am)
It's strange that the Subaru people don't pick up on the boxiness of the Forrester! Anyway the $1500 market adjustment was listed right on the window sticker. I think it's just Saturn's way of not calling it a discount and a way to move the remaining 2002's here in Colorado. So your getting the 2003, that's great, I know you'll like it. Rain, what is that??? We are in a severe drought here in Colordo, we really need some. We do a lot of biking,inline skating skiing/boarding and it's just a fun car. I don't think I fit the profile, I'm 49, but young at heart and active with teenagers still at home and we already have a mini van and a sedan. They talked me out of white and into red, I'm glad they did. I commute 20 miles to work each day and the Vue makes the ride much more enjoyable. Thanks for the response.
#1792 of 3783 Have Saturn Sales Met Expectations?
Aug 25, 2002 (12:52 pm)
I happen to be the owner of one of the first Saturn VUE's that arrived in Alaska this past winter. We have been pretty darn happy so far. Believe me my wife drives a bunch and shows no mercy! About 17000 miles since Feb, and we haven't needed to talk to the dealer even once. Maybe we are too easy to get along with, after all don't all vehicles rattle on rough roads. We don't seem to see many VUE's on the roads here, unlike every other SUV that is sold. I guess that you could easily say that SUV's and all other types of 4X4's out number regular passenger cars by about 5 to 1. Sorry to report that the VUE hasn't caught on as well as I thought that it would. What have others observed in the lower 48 and in that little strip of land between Alaska and Seattle? Have Saturn/VUE sales been what they had hoped for?
Aug 26, 2002 (4:33 am)
Around the west Toronto area I see quite a few VUEs around but not as many as I thought I would see by now. That said, I know production was small and got off to a slow start. There also was no VTi available until recently, one of the reasons we decided on waiting for another 2-3 years to get a VUE. 2003 should be more telling as to how the VUE is being accepted.
#1794 of 3783 re:-Cash Back/Alaska 'travails' ...
Aug 26, 2002 (5:34 am)
-Thanks for your reply. Interesting ....
-So much for no haggling. Well. I guess they don't haggle, but they do discount. The difference from other dealers is that they disclose, I guess. Pre-internet, my last purchase in 94, didn't disclose a $1000 cash back and were about to roll that into profit. Thanks you Consumer Reports for telling all. Now-a-days, that info. is public.
-Cute your comment on rain. Same here in South Jersey and I planted 15 new evergreens in the Spring that I am hand ('watering can') watering every night. Roll on Autumn. It did rain this week though at last ... and ... it will come all too soon plus the white stuff !
-I'm 46 so we are the same vintage. I would be interested to see stats. on the VUE buyers. I figured that all the 'bibs and bobs' would be a nice upgrade when I hit 50 +. Otherwise I would have been happier with something simpler. I may be middle age ... (did I just admit to that at last ???) ... but I am not ready to be boring and stayed. I bet your teenagers are happy that you have a practical car thats 'cool' !! (you know. For a wagon !!!)
-Great report on your hardy VUE. Nice to hear that.
-I think the rareness of VUE sightings is the same everywhere, not just in Alaska. I think (dindak) raises valid points, but it is still early days for a small car division.
-I see very few around South Jersey, but I am starting to see them more and more as the "last of the Summer Wine" unfoils. Probably vacationers.
-I actually didn't see many around Nashville a few weeks ago and that's 'home turf' for the VUE. Most folks have never heard of them or seen them.
-The new advertising campaign will probably make a big difference. The last ones were odd. You couldn't get a real impression of that toy VUE.
-Enjoy having a unique car. It won't last.
Aug 26, 2002 (6:46 am)
I see very few Vue's also, but I like it that way as I feel like we have something special. We certainly get lots of looks and comments on our little red Vue!
#1796 of 3783 VUEs on the road
Aug 26, 2002 (10:48 am)
I am seeing a few more of them these days in the western suburbs of Toronto ... and the funniest thing is that VUE owners are so friendly to other VUE owners. I have not yet passed one or seen one where the other driver didn't wave or give me a thumbs up. I guess the "different kind of company, different kind of car" rubs off on the people who drive them too.
I still get many compliments and questions like "what is it?" "how do you like it?" "That's a nice looking vehicle" when I park in parking lots, etc. I think it is hilarious when I am sitting at a light and you see the driver next to you looking and looking & you know they are trying to figure out what it is. You almost want to roll down the window and tell them it a VUE - nah ... more fun not to.