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#1459 of 1478 2009 Saturn Aura - - - A Real Bargain at this time!
Oct 26, 2008 (12:40 pm)
We just purchased an '09 Saturn Aura XR-4 and found out some interesting details in the process. We got the XR-4 with the 6 speed automatic transmission which is standard for the best fuel economy. I was just checking the Saturn web site to check out some of the listed features on our car. To my surprise the base price of $23,450 on our car sticker is $1,755 less that the new base price ($25,205) on the Saturn web site for an XR-4. I noticed the comparable Chevy Malibu is also up this year on the Chevy website. But some models currently on lots have lower base prices than on the Chevy or Saturn web sites. GM has done this traditionally on new model year cars delivered to dealers. After a few weeks or up to a month or so, the base price creeps up sometimes. I think this is a marketing thing so that when rebates kick in later in the year, GM is really not taking as big of a hit on prices as it would seem. However, if a person happens to FIND an earlier released car from the beginning of the model year release, it can be a real savings.
Having said all this, there is also a LARGER GMS rebate then the current $1,000 on Auras . If you can qualify for a GMS family/friends purchase, you can qualify for a $3,000 rebate on Saturn Auras. Malibus only have a $1,000 rebate for anyone. The bottom line is we did get the GMS price, with a $3,000 rebate and it was on a car with the LOWER 23,450 base price. Combine that with $1,755 less than the current base price as shown on the Saturn web site and it is some real savings. These saving are good till either Nov. 3 or October 31.
#1460 of 1478 Re: 2009 Saturn Aura - - - A Real Bargain at this time! [alero02]
Oct 26, 2008 (1:01 pm)
GM has done this traditionally on new model year cars delivered to dealers. After a few weeks or up to a month or so, the base price creeps up sometimes. I think this is a marketing thing so that when rebates kick in later in the year, GM is really not taking as big of a hit on prices as it would seem.
Actually all car makes increase the prices over the year not just at the beginning of the model year. Makes some sense since cost go up during the year not just once a year.
#1461 of 1478 Re: 2009 Saturn Aura - - - A Real Bargain at this time! [62vetteefp]
Oct 26, 2008 (2:41 pm)
"Actually all car makes increase the prices over the year not just at the beginning of the model year. Makes some sense since cost go up during the year not just once a year".
Yes, it is true that most auto makers do this during the year. What I have seen over the years is what amounts to an "introductory price" on first release autos, and in just a few weeks to a month or so a marked increase after rebates start to show up. My vehicle was made in late September and here only a few weeks later the website MSRP is $1,755 higher. What I am saying is that if you find an early release vehicle on a dealers lot, it can be a real savings when the rebates show up versus new arrivals on a dealers lot.
#1462 of 1478 New US financing rate on Aura from GMAC
Dec 30, 2008 (12:34 pm)
I noticed this for the Malibu also.
4.9% APR for up to 60 months on '09 Pontiac G6; Chevrolet Malibu, Light Duty Silverado and HHR; Saturn Aura; and Light Duty GMC Sierra
Apr 20, 2009 (6:09 am)
Does anyone know who is the Area Manger of Saturn in Maryland?
#1464 of 1478 coolant leak
Jan 28, 2010 (7:10 am)
Bought this car used 90K 2007 Aura XE. Replaced steering column. Rear defog wasn't working, loose wire. Door lock delay switch was replaced. Now I have a gasket that is leaking coolant. I'm fortunate GM has 5 yr 160K powertrain warranty as they fixed all this with no charge. Still a hassle to take in for repair but they give me a loaner car every time. Not sure if I'd buy a saturn again, my Pontiac and GMC have been incredible cars with hardly any maintenance. Still like GM products. Will never own another Toyota!
#1465 of 1478 Re: coolant leak [brybry]
Jan 28, 2010 (7:40 am)
To be honest I would not buy any used car that had 90k on it. Thats just way too much used to be worth it because thats when a lot of parts begin go fail. My current car ( a 99 Infiniti G20) I got used at 45k. Although its a good car all around by the time I about 80k miles I had to replace major components of the braking system (1400 bucks) and by 92k I had to sink 1800 bucks into the exhaust system. Now im at 110k on this thing and just replaced the alternator for another 600 bucks and last year replaced the starter for 900. The trick is to buy a used car with low mileage but you always have to take into consideration that the previous owner may not have taken good care of the car.
#1466 of 1478 Re: coolant leak [npgmbr]
Jan 28, 2010 (8:31 am)
In reading the post I suspect that the OP is from Canada and that the 90K is KM, not miles.
This equates to about 56,000 miles.
#1467 of 1478 Re: coolant leak [michaell]
Jan 29, 2010 (10:57 am)
I always use K as short for 1000....but who knows....but per the statement....even if they wanted to buy another Saturn...would be tough since they are all gone now....or going quick....
would agree...need a used car under 40K....but you still never know how a previous owner cared for the car.......wow..lots of expensive work on a japanese "quality" car...even if new....and one thing I note about all non-domestics.....is that repairs and parts are far more expensive than the GMs or Ford of the world.
guess Im lucky here...04 Chevy..with 158K on it...only thing I have replaced is a right rear caliper (leaking) and right front tire rod (worn connector)....total for both repairs less than $600 to include parts..........
#1468 of 1478 Re: coolant leak [pao]
Jan 30, 2010 (7:25 am)
The car does have 90,000 kilometers. It was a lease car from GMAC. Once I get the bugs worked out I'm sure things will be fine. I haven't taken a dime out of my pocket and GM has covered it under their 5 year/160,000 kilometer powertrain warranty so I can't complain. The other little things were done by the used car dealer with a 30 day warranty. Drives great and I'm getting about 27mpg with half city and half highway. Sounds like you've got a good chevy truck, can't beat their trucks for looks and dependability.