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Saturn Aura, Sedan
#191 of 240 Re: six weeks in [weezycom]
Mar 29, 2008 (6:10 am)
You can program the lock/unlock feature yourself through
the DIC (Driver Information Center ) . This feature is easily
disabled. Check your owner's manual for instructions.
#192 of 240 Re: six weeks in [weezycom]
Mar 29, 2008 (12:52 pm)
I find applying Rain-X to the windows eliminates the need for wiper blades. Even a good rain, when 70 mph, the water clears so fast the wipers are only for looks.
Sport suspension??? you must have an xe or greenline. The XR suspension works fantastic as long as the tires are inflated over recommended. The OEM tires at 30 psi are like sponges and make the whole car ride like it is on a foam rubber road.
#193 of 240 New Owner Report
Mar 30, 2008 (6:34 pm)
Bought a leftover '07 XR a couple of weeks ago and am very pleased with the vehicle. Only problem so far was warped brake rotors at less than 100 miles. In all fairness, the vehicle was built in 11/06 so it is nearly 1.5 yrs. old, so some of these things are bound to happen.. Also has a vibration which is likely out of balance tires. Overall mileage in the first 600 miles has been around 20-21 mpg in mostly city driving. I have seen as high as 28 on a 30 mile freeway trip. Changed out the cloth interior (ugly) for a beautiful aftermarket leather interior (Classic Soft Trim) that was available from the Saturn retailer. No major complaints about the vehicle and it seems to have features that compare favorably to cars costing over $30k! I truly believe this car is price $3-4k under the market. I'll post updates as the vehicle breaks in.
#194 of 240 Re: New Owner Report [georgiaxr]
Mar 31, 2008 (6:57 am)
Keep a watch on the underdoor rocker panels and please advise
if you start to see separations or large gaps betwwen the panels
and steel body.
#195 of 240 Re: New Owner Report [georgiaxr]
Apr 03, 2008 (7:11 pm)
On 2/20/08, I leased and 08' Aura XE. According to the selling dealer, it was delivered to them in August 08'. I have had it in for service three times already, the first visit was on 2/25/08 - 5 days after delivery with only 183 miles on it. On the first service visit all for brakes were replace when I claimed pulsation when braking - paperwork claimed rust on friction surface. A wheel alignment was performed because of a left pull and all four wheel balanced because of vibration.
Still had vibration, left pull and a steering issue. Second visit with only 507 miles on it. All four tires and one rim replaced because of radial runout. Intermediate steering shaft was replaced as it was contacting with the steering gear,
Third trip to an alternate Saturn dealer claimed the alignment was in negative range and readjusted to positive after I still complained of left pull. Tires rebalanced because of continued vibration.
Although the left pull has been corrected, the vibration in the seats and steering wheel continue. The car does not handle cornering or curves very well either. The service manager think I'm nuts and is giving me a hard time with a loaner to bring it in again.
Car design is very nice but mechanically it is a nightmare and the service is even worse. I have driven GM's all my life, but doubt I will after this lease.
Is it possible the tire replacements have gone bad again or could there be a powertrain problem?
#196 of 240 Re: New Owner Report [georgiaxe]
Apr 03, 2008 (7:13 pm)
Mistype of dealership delivery date - should be August of 07' not 08' Sorry.
#197 of 240 Re: New Owner Report [georgiaxe]
Apr 12, 2008 (9:10 am)
I have had all the same problems including the dealership attitude. I would suggest pushing the issues with Saturn directly. That is the only way things got done for me. I love the rust on the brakes explanation, they told me I wash my car too much !!!
#198 of 240 Re: question from phaeton driver
Apr 12, 2008 (4:04 pm)
To answer your question, yes I do have gapping of the rocker panels on both sides of my XR that was built in 11/06. I'll have to address this with the selling dealer. Two thoughts: it appears the sheet metal was cut a bit short (1/8-1/4") and they appear not to have been sealed. Therefore, I'm eventually concerned about rust. Car now has about 1,400 miles. Mileage is still improving and the engine is breaking in wonderfully! Love the car, just need to address the topic above and a slight but steady light vibration (probably the tires). I'll advise when fixed.
#199 of 240 Re: New Owner Report [tracyv]
Apr 13, 2008 (1:30 pm)
I have pushed this issue with Saturn directly. It's going in for service again. I'll post the outcome. The "wash your car too much" comment was enlightening and the opposite of one I received from the service department. They claimed I must have an abundance of mud in the wheel wells causing vibration. I guess I don't wash my car enough!
#200 of 240 Re: question from phaeton driver [georgiaxr]
Apr 18, 2008 (3:37 pm)
I have news for you. Saturn considers the rocker panel gaps to
be a design defect and as such they are not covered by the warranty. I went thru Arbitration with the BBB and Saturn and
won my case. The Arbitrator ordered Saturn to repair the panels.
Saturn Corp. countered with an "Impossible to Repair " document
to the Arbitrator and I was told that if I repaired the rocker panels
myself, it would be considered a "modification" of the vehicle and
would invalidate my warranty. So, get used to the gaps.