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#51 of 80 Re: 08 XE vs XR [hackd]
Nov 08, 2007 (5:39 pm)
I just got clarification that you don't need a trade but it seems to only be $500...maybe it varies by region..where do you live...I am in NY.
#52 of 80 Re: 08 XE vs XR [hackd]
Nov 12, 2007 (7:30 am)
I have driven both. In fact I have driven the hybrid also. In my opinion, they all had enough power, but I chose the XR because I wanted the most power and I wanted some of the extras that only the XR offered.
As far as mileage, I mostly drive mine back and forth to work and around town taking and picking up my 2 teenagers. I have been getting 26-27 MPG. I am very happy with this and absolutely love my XR.
See my photos in my album..........
#53 of 80 Just Leased
Nov 22, 2007 (9:55 pm)
On 11/20/07 my wife and I leased a new Saturn Aura after leasing Buicks for the past 17 years. We decided on a loaded XR. Using the current $1000.00 GM Red Tag incentive, a GM friends and family discount (not the employee discount) and $1674.00 of our own money, our 39 month/ 39 K mile lease is costing $310.00 per month, including a 6% Michigan sales tax. We were both very impressed with the car and decided on it over the new Malibu LTZ, primarilly due to the styling. We were also very impressed with the treatment we received at the dealer - Saturn of Grand Ledge, Michigan. A first class buying experience all the way through. Hope we enjoy the car.
#54 of 80 Lease vs Buy Aura?
Dec 12, 2007 (9:58 am)
I am new to Saturns. Have always purchased cars where you haggle w/the salesperson. Is it true that there is no negotiation on the Saturn price? I am looking at a 08 XE 3.5L Aura w/Preferred Package only. Since I have always previously purchased my car, I understand the costs, taxes, fees, etc. How is leasing different? I want to make sure that I do not get "taken" should I decide to lease. Any help is appreciated!
#55 of 80 Re: Lease vs Buy Aura? [theresa11]
Dec 12, 2007 (8:28 pm)
I posted just before you (#53). Here's what I found out while shopping for a lease on a Saturn: They do hold to a predetermined price. I checked with 4 or 5 different dealers here and they all came up with the same lease payment, given the same criteria. In addition to the $1000.00 Saturn rebate, I used a discount offered by GM, available from any GM employee or GM retiree. Those 2 discounts subtracted from MSRP, established the price of the car. You will pay state sales tax up front on the rebate but not on the sale price of the car as you do when purchasing. Instead, you pay sales tax on each monthly payment. Make sure the lease payment you are quoted includes this sales tax. You will also pay up front your 1st months lease payment, document fee, license transfer fee, vehicle registration fee plus any other fees that are different from what we have here in Michigan. Make sure you stick with a GMAC lease. Putting more money down than the "up fronts" will lower your payment but won't lower the cost of the lease. Usually it's better to put as little down as possible in a lease.The length of the lease will make a difference in your lease payment. Generally, the longer the lease the lower the payment - but not always. Have the dealer quote you different length leases. The key factor in whether a lease is a good idea is the number of miles you drive per year. If you can get by with 12 or 15K per year a lease will work. If it's more than that, or if you are uncertain how many miles you will drive later during your lease, it might be better to buy. Once you sign the lease that's pretty much what you have to live with. Hope this helps.
#56 of 80 Re: Lease vs Buy Aura? [gdubya2]
Dec 13, 2007 (9:50 am)
Thanks for the info. It helps alot. One more question...the dealer that I went to had additional charges on the Aura; a $995 charge for detailing, pinstriping, window tinting, etc and a $695 charge for interior protection - scotchguarding, etc. Can these charges be asked to be removed? Do all Saturn dealers have these charges? When I have purchased other manufacturers' cars, I have had them deduct them from the sale price, but with leasing, I don't know. Thanks again.
#57 of 80 Re: Lease vs Buy Aura? [theresa11]
Dec 13, 2007 (10:07 am)
I encountered this same situation at the Saturn dealer I leased from. Naturally they like to sell these "add ons" as they generate big profits for the dealer. I picked out a car that did not have these intems installed (just arrived from the factory). I would say that if they have actually done the work that they are charging for, you will have to pay for them in order to lease that particular car. If they have a sticker on the window indicating the price for these ad ons - such as the pin stripe, window tinting etc. but they have not actually been done to the car, then you should not HAVE to purchase them in order to lease that car. If they insist that every car they sell has these add ons, go to another dealer. Someone will be willing to lease you a car without the add ons. For the most part these items make no sense on a leased car. Remember, you are just renting a car from GM and have to give it back. Why pay for window tinting, pin stripes, etc. for the next owner of the car?
#58 of 80 Price I would have paid !!
Jan 10, 2008 (10:24 am)
Was looking for a Saturn Aura. Went to Saturn of Austin. For a '08 Saturn XE with 4cyld, alloy wheels & power drivers seat the car came to $17k + TTL (which I was told would be about $1400 in Austin. TX). I didnt buy the car though because my wife & I decided on a Nissan Altima but fantastic car, good value for money.
1) The $17k was with all discounts - supplier price + $1250 rebate for year end + $500 rebate for Austin Auto Show (that was good thru Dec 25).
2) fantastic experience at Saturn of Austin. They really wanted to sell their cars, talked directly to the GM. Very friendly folks, the only dealership that let us test drive the car alone for over 30 mins. When we still werent too sure, they let us have the car for the weekend !! 10 times better dealer experience than any of the dealers we went to.
3) was surprised GM didnt have usual $500 recent grad discount & $500 loyalty rebate (I also own a '04 Saab 9-3) but check on those since GM usually has those.
4) maybe the car had to breakin but in my test drives I couldnt get more than 21 mpg !! thats horrible for a 4 cyld. This while driving the car as if egg shells were on the pedal. A '07 used Aura XE with 6 cyld my friend has with about 21k miles on it gave avg 26 mpg so i would just check the 4 cyld with a few miles on it before buying a 4 cyld.
5) that has got to be the worse steering on earth !! its too loose. that stupid electrical steering fad that GM is on now. Its too light, brand new car on highway required constant course correction.
We almost bought the car because of the value & look but we have been import buyers and the Altima really seemed worth the extra $2k (better interior fit & finish, better mileage)
#59 of 80 Re: Lease vs Buy Aura? [theresa11]
Jan 11, 2008 (8:39 am)
One more question...the dealer that I went to had additional charges on the Aura; a $995 charge for detailing, pinstriping, window tinting, etc and a $695 charge for interior protection - scotchguarding, etc. Can these charges be asked to be removed? Do all Saturn dealers have these charges?
I experienced the same thing when I bought my 07 XR. The dealership in Savannah would not budge on these expensive add-ons (rip offs). So I went to Jacksonville, FL and bought one without the ~$1,000 mark up. Bottom line: you can try to negotiate the add ons!
#60 of 80 2008 Saturn Aura XE-4, Automatic
Jan 29, 2008 (2:04 pm)
What is the best price anyone has got for a new 2008 Saturn Aura XE-4 (4 cyclinder) automatic with preferred package and alloy wheels in Northern California? Thanks.