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#15 of 240 XR car of year
Apr 15, 2007 (8:43 pm)
I'm pushing 70 and wanted something that rides smooth. Living in the Portland, OR metro area I travel along the I-5 freeway all the time and wanted a car that will get up and go and boy did I get the right one. After going to the Portland auto show we noticed most of the people at the Saturn expo and that is what turned me on to my first Sasturn. So I got on the internet and found the one I wanted under 25 grand and bought the XR midnight blue from one (Russ) of the only two dealerships in the portland area. I only have 1800 miles on her but i can tell this is some car for the money. I haven't run it up to the redline yet but will do it soon i'm sure when my wife isn't around.
The only weird thing is that I have yet to see another 2007 Aura on the road. And why isn't there more advertising or dealerships here in the NW.
I was told this is the same engine as in the Cadillac...3.6.
Obviously I love my car as much as golf and it is way more foregiving.
#16 of 240 Re: XR car of year [olduffer]
Apr 16, 2007 (8:21 am)
Good choice. I don't see many Aura's down here in golfers heaven either. Palm Desert is full of High end European hot rods. Every other car is a BMW, Mercedes, Bentley, or Lexus. They all are quick and the name of the game here is to be the first to the next stoplight.
This XR really makes them wonder if spending 50, 60, or 100 grand was such a good idea.
It'll go from 0-60 in under 6 seconds which is amazing for a car that you got for under 25k.
One word of warning. When you do decide to "take it to the redline" Hold on tight to the steering wheel. The torque steer will just about rip it out of your hands in an attempt to make a right turn. For max fun, turn off "traction control" and use manual shift paddles.
#17 of 240 2007 AURA XR REVIEW
May 01, 2007 (10:04 am)
Just took Delivery this past Saturday for a New 2007 Aura XR fully loaded with EVERY option avail !!
I was turning in a 2004 Caddy lease and was quite scared to " step down " i thought !!!!
To my surprise......The car is GREAT !!! Drives Fantastic, Handles Great with 18" alloys, and has everything in it.. Lots of power, and drives awsome.
After working for BMW for over 15 yrs in MGMT and driving a free 7 series car fro the last 10 yrs+ This is a Great car !! I considered a Camry Top line model and for the money this car beats it !!!! Really very surprised so far and NOT unhappy with my choice !
Great car for the $$ .....gas mileage could be a bit better, but hope it increases as it breaks in.
But for $360 less a month than my 2004 Caddy its a STEEL
GO FOR IT..... GO FOR THE XR LOADED TOO
enjoy.....i sure am
#18 of 240 Owner Review - Aura XR
May 02, 2007 (2:05 pm)
My XR has about 4000 miles and is less than 2 months old. The engine has a slight knock when it idles. The dealer thinks that the engine is miss firing. The car has been at the dealership for the last 2 days.
In addition, there is annoying ticking noise from the speedo meter when I hit the gas.
Wondering if any one else had these issues?
May be I should have bough a Toyota or a Honda?
Still a little leery about GM quality.
#19 of 240 Re: Owner Review - Aura XR [andygrv]
May 02, 2007 (2:33 pm)
I have 7K miles on my XR. No weird noises yet, TG.
My experience says the knock can be: 1, bad spark plug/wire. 2, computer program glitch. 3, fowled injector from dirty gas/defective fuel filter.
I would love to know what the dealers service dept. finds.
Clicking from the Speedo? In the old days it would be a broken gear or bind in the cable form the trans to the speedo. Todays electronic gauges, No idea!
Keep us posted
#20 of 240 Aura VS Toyota
May 02, 2007 (3:15 pm)
My Aura XR is only less than a week old...All i can say is Toyota quality has slumped big time since turning up Volume!! SOmrthing that usually happens with any Mfg when they start to push out volume than quality. With high volume quality will always suffer with any car.
I too was going to get the Toyota over the Aura, but after reading all the reviews, it pushed the Aura OVER the Toyotas now.. Give them a chance to fix it and hopefuly it will get repaired .
I just retired from the Auto business from a major mfg of a high line German Auto maker and trust me...Plenty of problems with them too !! And many over $50K - $90K and lots of problems with many of them .. its called Volume over Quality, like i said before...
GM is trying to get their BUTTS back into the driver seat and the Aura XR is a great car for the $ so far.. Hope my feeling does NOT change.
good luck to you and your repairs....
#21 of 240 Aura XR - andygrv
May 02, 2007 (4:29 pm)
Give the Saturn dealership a chance. I have a Saturn XE and it was the best all around deal that I could of gotten. I've had mine for six months. I've noticed when I put into drive, there is a little noise as I go off - I don't think its anything major. I had my husband test drive it, and he said there's no noise, so its in my mind, I guess. Anyways, give them a chance - and I'm sure they'll fix your car.
I got the Pewter Brown color and it is gorgeous, light tan heated seats and a sunroof; its absolutely gorgeous and I get so many compliments on it. Best move I could of made. I leased it, so this way in three years, I'll either buy it outright or get a new one; whatever the mood and pocketbook strikes my fancy! I have yet to see another one around, I live in the Albany, New York area. If there's anybody out there in this area with one, give me a holler. Would love to get some feedback from a fellow Saturn lover! (XE, that is).
#22 of 240 New Saturn Aura - XR experience
May 03, 2007 (2:16 pm)
It has been over 4 days and the XR is still at the shop.
The dealer can't figure out why the engine keeps is miss firing.
I will keep you guys posted.
#23 of 240 Re: Owner Review - Aura XR [andygrv]
May 25, 2007 (8:05 pm)
You mentioned that "The engine has a slight knock when it idles" in your previous post. Does it mean when the car is stopped by hitting the break, your leg can feel some shaking on the break?
#24 of 240 Re: Saturn Aura New Owner Reports [dehg7019]
Jun 07, 2007 (3:07 am)
I have had the same issue with the steering noise. When turning hard to the right or left a loud whining noise comes from the engine compartment. Dealer also told me this is normal for this model. Did not seem to hear it on the test drive? Great I'm looking at 4yrs of dealing with GM about this. Also rear speaker cracks when listening to talk radio. Should have bought Toyota... GM is still GM