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Saturn Sky, Convertible
#17 of 26 Re: posting pictures [alp8]
Sep 13, 2006 (11:37 am)
The other owners haven't found us yet. Hopefully they will. I started a board a while back and have had no visitors either. This is my board.
Click here: Message Board - welcome sky owners
#19 of 26 Owner's Review: Sky Red Line Surpasses My Expectations
Sep 21, 2006 (9:03 pm)
Sky Red Line Surpasses My Expectations
My wife and I went to see the roll out of the new 2006 Saturn Sky at their road show stop at Saturn of Bowie in November 2005. Sensual energy defines the sculpted lines of this two-seat roadster convertible. We saw a $250,000
hand-built Sky that had to be started using a jumper cable. The trunk remained shut and filled with Styrofoam since the details on the soft top roof had not yet been worked out. I placed a deposit with a targeted delivery date for Spring 2006.
After the rumor was confirmed, I chose to wait for the high performance Red Line. I picked my Saturn Sky Red Line on September 11, 2006, a full 10 months after we saw that hand-built Sky at the roadshow. I was the first to take delivery. When I picked up my new car, I was told that there was now a two year wait list for a Red Line out of Saturn of Bowie.
The Red Line I ordered has a black exterior, black and tan leather interior, tan soft top, all the other options minus the spolier. The color selection was my wife’s doing, and I am thankful for her direction. OnStar and XM radio come with the car as does a 6-CD changer.
Aftermarket add ons are out there. Car cover, rubber mats for winter, a wind screen, a folding grocery carrier from AAA, and fitted luggage for the trunk are the only items I have considered. And, of course, a cap and sun tan lotion is needed to protect the skin from the sun.
The Red Line is a very different animal from the original 177 horespowered rollout version. I know because I test drove both the 5-speed and automatic versions of the original Sky, and was quite pleased with each transmission
set up. The Red Line's pick up, performance, speed, and handling are superb due to a 260 horsepower engine and an upgraded suspension system for serious get up and go driving making this a true high performance vehicle. In normal drive mode, this car is a tamed animal. In competitive mode, the car's vigor is unleashed. And, I am ecstatic with rear wheel drive.
With the Red Line, what you see is what you get. It is a true sports car that drives like an arrow. It flies straight and it flies fast. Coming out of the gate is stunning. No back aches from being jolted back into the seats. You need the new Corvette for that experience. The car hugs and controls the road it is on and beautifully handles turns and ramps with an exhilaration that I thought was restricted to gaming.
The Sky Red Line, in all fairness, is not in the same league with the Mazda Miata. Think Porsche Boxster, Mercedes Benz SLK, BMW Z4, Audi TT, and Nissan 350Z and you are closer when it comes to performance. The difference,
though, is $10,000 to $20,000 in cost making the Red Line a great value. If you want trunk space, get a Boxster. If you want a powered top, get a Benz or the Audi. If you want more specs, go to Edmunds.com. It's all there.
Then take the test drives.
The Sky evokes awe due to its wow design. The day after I took delivery, I took a cell call in front of Roy Rogers. A young boy came almost running out of the front door with his mother restraining him. “M-o-m! Look at that c-o-o-l
car!” I turned to see the boy. His eyes were wide open. Just like mine when I first saw the car at the road show. Kids in the community where we live shout out and run alongside in awe as I drive up the street. One older woman rolled down her window and said, "That car's a chick magnet!" She's right. The prior weekend a woman at an event I attended was mesmerized by the car's sculpted lines and exposed brakes seen through the polished mags. Men and women go out of their way to ask questions about the car regardless if I am at a Starbucks, a gas station, in Annapolis near the city dock, or at a grocery store. Last weekend, a guy in a convertible Benz would not take his eyes off of the car while we were at a light. No wonder. When asked why not buy a resale convertible Benz for the same price, I replied that I did not want something that looked passe. Moreover, I owned a Benz, and was relieved to
get rid of it and the over priced maintainance costs. Anyway, I was not expecting any of the attention the Sky draws.
What the Sky lacks in glove and trunk space, it makes up for with cleverly tucked away pockets for road maps. There are four map pockets, two per seat. I had written the trunk space off as useless. But, I was able to get three bags of groceries into the trunk with the top down, and another bag behind the passenger seat when pulled forward. I picked up a folding grocery carrier from AAA, and it sits tight and flat behind the driver's seat for when we grocery shop.
I foresee this car becoming the next best selling roadster given the responses I have experienced in just one week. The key though will be in General Motors ramping up production. That said, the Sky's enduring value will ultimately rest on the quality of the overall car over time. General Motors bet on me buying the car, and I bet on better overall technology built into the vehicle to stand the test of time of serious driving. We both made a bet, and I suspect the outcome will be win-win.
But, this car is really about great performance, top down driving in good weather and this quite satisfied driver's elation. With the top up or down, this car is for fun road trips. It is nice to be ahead on the curve.
#20 of 26 Engine Sputter Problem 2007 Saturn
Aug 20, 2007 (5:37 pm)
If my sky sits out in the heat for a few hours. The RPM's will drop to 500 when I push in the clutch. The sputter is much more exagerrated if the A.C. is on high. The car will consistently duplicate the drop in RPM's for approx 10 miles, then it will correct it self. The service department drove their demo vehicle and it did it as well. They contacted the engineers who stated their test vehicle also does it. Is any one else having this same problem and have you been able to get it fixed?
#21 of 26 Re: sky vs red line [ick9dk]
Nov 25, 2007 (6:06 pm)
The Sky has a 173 hp 2.4 liter ecotec engine. (aka base model)
The Sky Redline has a 260 hp 2.0 liter direct injection turbocharged engine. Plus it comes standard with some features that you would have to pay extra for on a base model.
#22 of 26 love my new sky
Mar 25, 2008 (10:12 pm)
I've read many of the comments re: the sky redline. havn't had the brake not working problem. I think owners should have input to the factory, but to expect the car you bought to have more trunk space, or more storage space in the cockpit is asking a it much. as for the comment the redline is not in the same league as the miata I take issue. I know they have added a 6 speed transmision. It was nedded, I have owned one and always felt like it couldn't get out of its own way. It is not nimble. The redline is not nimble, I own an '05 Mini Cooper S that could be considered nimble. I have driven the sky pretty fast through the canyons of Utah an it is much more confidence inspiring than either the Miata or the mini particularly at 100+. The Miata needs...100 more HP, 20 lbs less flywheel, and a better rear suspension to keep up with the sky redline.
#23 of 26 Sky in midwest winter?
May 24, 2009 (8:36 pm)
I'm contemplating buying a new Sky. I live in the midwest and was wondering if anyone could tell me how the Sky handles in winter weather. Can you drive it? Or do you need to park it? Thanks.
May 25, 2009 (7:44 am)
Buy the car! I live in a canyon in Utah and park it for the winter. I wouldn't sell it for anything,and love it when the weather is nice. I drove lots of cars before buying it and it fit the best. I'm 6'3" and long legged, couldn't fit in a Ferrari I could afford (328 348 355), nor the Lotus Esprit. But your question is regarding winter weather handling. It is light in the rear (48% weight), torque is high at the low end, tires are fat. It will not handle well in ice, slick snow, and probably will end up getting hurt. Get it anyway. Buy some foo foo car (used front wheel or 4wd)
and leave your girlfriend in the garage when it is naughty out.
I think these things could well become collectors items, I'm not well to do nor a collector. All of the negative things written about them are somewhat limited in their scope. They are fast, if set up right handle well,and pleasant to drive. Economy is very good. Averaged 37 mpg over 110 mi. of hilly road. Get it, store it
#25 of 26 2007 saturn sky redline
Feb 17, 2013 (1:25 pm)
i love my 2007 sky redline. were there any recalls on it?
#26 of 26 Re: 2007 saturn sky redline [lynann]
by claires HOST
Feb 17, 2013 (9:15 pm)
Hi, lynan -- I responded in your other thread too, but here's a link to the Maintenance & Recalls page -- just input your car's info in the dropdown boxes. You'll also see any TSBs that have been issued so that you can bring them to your dealer.
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