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#66 of 93 I have an opportunity to buy an "08 Vue XE AWD V-6
Dec 25, 2010 (6:06 am)
Good Morning and Merry Christmas to all:
There is a 2008 Saturn Vue XE V-6 AWD for sale here locally at a small used car dealer. We will be actively looking for a small to mid size SUV in a few weeks. I'd really like to know your heartfelt opinions on this model. I'm not sure of the mileage on this one, but the asking price is $9500. And if it is still there in a few weeks, I may go to see it. What should I keep an eye out for? Has this motor/transmisssion in this model/year been reliable? I know proper maintenance is the key to any vehicles success. I own a '96 SL-1 that has been nearly flawless to me in going on 4 years. But with Saturn now defunct, would any of you consider this vehicle or would you run away from it? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#67 of 93 Re: I have an opportunity to buy an "08 Vue XE AWD V-6 [shopdog97]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Dec 25, 2010 (6:09 am)
The VUE is mechanically identical to the Chevy Equinox, so I wouldn't let the demise of Saturn bother me, when buying a used car.. In fact, it's probably depressed the resale values a little bit, so that should be a bonus..
With used cars, mileage and condition is everything.... neither of which you have mentioned...
#68 of 93 Re: I have an opportunity to buy an "08 Vue XE AWD V-6 [kyfdx]
Jan 01, 2011 (10:32 am)
Thanks kydfx, for your response to my post about the Vue. Since I do not as yet have cash in hand to buy, there's no way I can know the condition of it or how many miles are on it. My main concern is how reliable these SUV's are, and I know that's a hard question to ask, sight unseen. Since I posted the original blog, I have leads on an '03 and an 04'VUE AWD and would like to know how these years faired. Does Edmunds have a site where you can go to get this information answered by just plugging in the year, make and model and seeing what owners of such say about them? I see some of that commentary in these blogs but always wondered if there was something that might go more in depth. I have a neighbor who has Vue with manual transmission that his wife drives and he says it has been very reliable for them. I THINK it is an 04 or 05, and I'm not sure if it is an AWD model. Funny you should mention the Equinox as I also have a few leads on that as well. We rented one in 2006 while our vehicle was in the body shop and although it was just FWD, we both liked the ride and performance with it. I thought it got fairly decent gas mileage for a vehicle of it's size. Anyway, thanks for the response and Happy New Year to you.
#69 of 93 Re: I have an opportunity to buy an "08 Vue XE AWD V-6 [shopdog97]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2011 (7:42 am)
Scroll down, and look on the right side of this page. Under "Browse by Vehicle", you will find a dropdown menu, where you can choose the Saturn Vue.
Click GO, and you will find many, many discussions about the Saturn Vue.. You can do the same thing for the Chevy Equinox, which may have more posts, because it sold in greater numbers, when new.
#70 of 93 2004 Saturn VUE w/ 172K?
Apr 03, 2011 (12:05 pm)
I have an opportunity to purchase what looks to be a well maintained 2004 Saturn Vue V6, AWD for my youngest son. This will be his first car. The catch is this car has 172K on it. He will primarily be using it locally to go back and forth to school and work.
Is this car near the end of it's life or can I get another 40K out of it?
How can I tell if it has a Honda motor in it?
What Vue specific questions should I ask?
What would be a reasonable price?
#71 of 93 Re: 2004 Saturn VUE w/ 172K? [kcrossley]
Apr 04, 2011 (7:13 am)
I believe 2005 was the first model year where the Honda 3.5L V6 and 5-speed automatic were used in the VUE.
Having owned 2 VUEs (2005 and 2008), I can tell you that the service and maintenance history are quite important. Make sure that all maintenance has been done.
172K is quite a few miles for any car ... why do you want to get 40K more out of it? Do you have a specific budget in mind for a car for your son? There are plenty of vehicles available with fewer miles that might be a better choice for your son.
Best of luck, and let us know how it all turns out.
#72 of 93 Re: 2004 Saturn VUE w/ 172K? [michaell]
Apr 04, 2011 (7:19 am)
We're trying to get something in the $2,500 range. I said 40K because I figured since he's using it locally that would last him a few years.
#74 of 93 Saturn VUE: Lease Questions
Aug 31, 2005 (4:17 pm)
Hi everyone. Please use the following discussion to post any questions that you have about leasing a Saturn VUE. Thanks.
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#75 of 93 Does Saturn negotiate on sales price?
Oct 14, 2005 (9:17 pm)
I was told by my salesman that I cannot negoiate the sales price for a Saturn. I am looking at the FWD V6 36 mo lease. They are quoting me $389 for a $24000 MSRP. I can get a Rendezvous for $295/mo $28000MSRP or a Toyota Highlander 4cyl for $290/mo. zero down. I would prefer the Saturn, but the prices are much better with others. Is it true that you cannot negotiate a lower purchase price? They also told me that the salesmen are on a salary, so they dont try to compete on the price.