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#1440 of 1478 Hope this helps people posting BAD reviews
Apr 21, 2008 (6:16 am)
I have a 2007 Aura XR loaded with every option avail with only 8K on it now, my wife has a new 2008 XE only 2 months old and my daughter just leased a new 08' Vue.....
NOW the news.... I am retired from the auto industry after 30+ yrs and here is my take on Saturn as a car Mfg. ( i just retired from BMW after 15 yrs and also had GM exper of over 15 yrs )
NO !!! This is NOT a BMW or a Lexus or Infiniti or any other premium auto, it s a SATURN by GM and I think a lot of people forget that..... It is what it is, a fairly good car for the $$ in todays market. You cant expect anything more than what it is...a GM product. Over the years GM has improved, just NOT as much as they can or should have. The car to me is fine for the $$ of todays market. You get what you pay for !! Remember its a car in the mid 20K range and today thats not much. You cant compare this quality and workmanship to Toyota or any German manufacturer, the Japanese put out a fantastic product for the $ , bu8t even those are suffering due to increased volume of production in past years.
All in all for the money, Saturn is not a bad product, Yes there are some interior aspects that sure can be a lot nice especially for the XR top of the line. Also the problem with the side rocker panels, thats something SATURN should be addressing ans find a fix if it separates and not ignore the customer, as they will lose them next time to another mfg.
Remember......we bought SATURNS, NOT a BMW, BENZ etc.... and dont think they dont have similar problems, because they have plenty. Only differance is they do whatever they need to do to make a customer happy and fix the problem, something GM is clueless about.
hope this helps from someone in
the auto industry for 30+ yrs and
NOT a sales person !!! and now
we have 3 Saturns
Apr 27, 2008 (5:41 pm)
3.5L was really not needed in 08 but for whatever reason they kept it around.
#1444 of 1478 Re: 3.5 [vanman1]
Apr 27, 2008 (7:20 pm)
I disagree with you. I've put 3K miles on my 08 Aura 3.5 so far on business trips. The car gets the same fuel economy as a 4 banger, yet, has a decent performance level. I think Saturn is making a mistake by dropping this combo in 09. If they married the 6 speed automatic to the 3.5, it would do even better.
#1445 of 1478 Re: 3.5 [oldcem]
May 04, 2008 (5:53 pm)
Perhaps, but 3 combos increase costs and GM needs to cut them desperately. I think most people are looking for a 4 these days anyway, even if the mileage numbers are mostly optics vs. the 3.5.
May 05, 2008 (7:17 am)
If you ask me, and nobody did, I have to agree with terminating the 3.5.
GM could easily retune the 3.6 so it produced LESS H-P, duplicating the 3.5's H-P and torque. This would probably give slightly better MPG than the 3.5 does now and would keep production costs down.
Still gives the buyers what they want and eliminates one whole engine/trans choice.
Of course this will probably be the cause of 10,000 lost jobs shutting down an entire engine factory, but who cares about a few jobs as long as the stock holders are happy.
Oops, bad tangent, sorry.
so you could have a choice of 2.4L-140 H-P, 3.6-180 H-P and 3.6-250 H-P and 3.6-305 H-P (direct injected from Cady CTS )
Maybe add a 1.8 L-100 H-P with Electric Hybrid (hire back those 10,000 workers) but I think the Hybrid should be in the Astra size not the Aura size cars IMHO
#1447 of 1478 Re: Hope this helps people posting BAD reviews [bob919344]
May 05, 2008 (9:14 am)
You are correct in saying that the Saturn is a good buy for the money. However, they offer a new warranty attempting to show
that their product is just as good as higher priced brands.
However, they will not honor their warranty, as in the case of the
separating rocker panels................they simply get away with not
repairing the panels by declaring that they are a design/manufacturing DEFECT and therefore exempt from warranty coverage. In other words, the problem has to be called a REPAIR in order to qualify for warranty coverage.
#1448 of 1478 Re: 3.5 [phaetondriver]
May 05, 2008 (9:16 am)
I, too, do not see the place for the 3.5. Many people are choosing the 4 cyl with today's fuel prices. Those who want the power of a V6 and can afford the gas will be more satisfied with the 3.6. The Malibu is doing just fine with no 3.5 L option.
Jun 11, 2008 (5:37 pm)
I was reading on the Saturn fans site the new 6-speed with the 2.4L boosts highway mileage to 33 mpg from 30, just about best in class (excluding the Malibu).
Seem like a great option in the $4 / gallon world we seem to have suddenly entered.
That said, I still want a 3.6 XR.