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Saturn Aura, Sedan
#201 of 240 Re: question from phaeton driver [dinof]
Apr 19, 2008 (9:57 am)
Saturn as always advertised they are a 'different kind of car company'....
#202 of 240 XR Transmission downshifts hard ....
Apr 19, 2008 (10:08 am)
I took my XR to the Saturn dealer as it shifts very hard with a 'clunk' and slight slippage when you are under torque in 6th gear going up a hill, under light acceleration... they told me it passed all the diagnostics, did not show any codes... they road tested it, then compared it to another XR... seems they encountered the same phenom.. and tech thought is was abnormal, until they found that the other new ones on the lot did the same thing.. now it is merely 'characteristic' of an Aura XR and they did nothing more.
I am not at all unhappy with the car... fun to drive, reasonable fuel economy for the HP.. BUT... I will never buy anything from Saturn again. I have always purchased GM vehicles, and have had similar maladies with other vehicles,, but GM always made things right..... but Saturn 'is a different kind of car company'... if the car has a design defect... the consumer just lives with it.... as they will not take responsibility.
I will trade when the '09's come out.. but won't be a Saturn!
#203 of 240 Re: XR Transmission downshifts hard .... [texvette]
Apr 19, 2008 (10:27 am)
I definitely agree with your assessment of Saturn as " a different
kind of car company" .
They have not only lost my future business, but also that of my
children and grandchildren. 3 generations of future customers
who will despise the words "SATURN Automobiles" . I'll make
sure to teach them well.
#204 of 240 Appropriate Slogan
Apr 20, 2008 (4:58 am)
"RETHINK SATURN "
A very appropriate slogan; however what it really means is
" THINK BEFORE YOU BUY A SATURN "
Apr 27, 2008 (8:07 am)
I posted this over at SaturnFans but thought some here might like to read it also...
I have owned my 2008 Saturn Aura 4CYL for just over 100 days now and thought I would post a few features the car has that I especially appreciate. Feel free to add to my list things you have noticed.
Computer start: If you bump the key to start the car for 100ms or hold it for 1 minute the car starts and the starter will not grind. If you push the key to start after the engine is running it will not command the starter to engage. No missing teeth from the flywheel, no broken starters, just perfection every time. Wow!
Speed sensitive volume: The radio volume adjusts up and down depending on the speed of the car, I know this feature has been around for a while on GM cars, just the first one I have owned that had it, and I have grown to really appreciate it.
Perfect balance of the rotating masses and balance shafts. I do not pretend to understand how GM accomplished this but there is no vibration in this vehicle. If you drive 60MPH, 70MPH, or well north of the speed limit, this car is silky smooth. No engine vibration, no tire vibration, no wheel vibration, and no steering wheel vibration, unbelievable.
Daytime running lamps and automatic headlights: Come on, what are all the other manufacturers waiting for? NHTSA or Congress to make it law??
Shift interlock: You cannot accidentally shift to reverse while driving. I frequently shift to neutral while coasting and the button interlock on the shifter keeps me from accidentally pushing the shifter too far and hitting reverse. Why did all the transmission shops around here go out of business?
Different EQ programs: Depending on if you are playing a CD with MP3’s or the radio the stereo will store your preferred EQ for each, nice…
The Gauge check: I know it has been mentioned on the forums many times but the sweep the gauges do at start up and the way the back lighting softly comes up to level just has that look of luxury.
Quiet: The sound deadening, the double laminated glass, the rigid suspension, and the extra attention to the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness. It all comes together to make this one exceptionally quiet vehicle, and I purchased this car for under $20K??
Speed sensitive wipers: Nice safety feature, well done.
Driver Information center: Ice possible, cruise engaged, oil life remaining, outside temp, tire pressure, etc… aren’t software algorithms fantastic? Anybody want to venture a guess at how much money all the Aura owners have saved in unnecessary oil changes to date?
Auxiliary input jack: hours and hours of MP3’s, anyone want to buy a 2 foot by 2 foot case of cassette tapes?
And so many other features that just seem to be table stakes to the mid sized sedan market today. Four wheel disc brakes, 6 Air bags, virtually maintenance free, etc…
#206 of 240 Re: subtle features [winterescape]
Apr 28, 2008 (11:11 am)
Funny, but you seem to sound like a Saturn car sales man
Nice of you to praise the car so ( ?? ) .
#208 of 240 Update on rocker panels
May 04, 2008 (7:44 pm)
I had to work the Atlanta Autoshow last week and went by the Saturn booth and looked at 2 Auras. Both of them still were showing the rocker panel gaping present on my 07. By the way, the metallic black under the show lights was spectacular!
#209 of 240 Re: Update on rocker panels [georgiaxr]
May 05, 2008 (5:48 am)
Yes, the gaps/separations are a defect that Saturn has chosen
to ignore until the 2010 model year comes on line as the next Gen. Aura. It will be a rebadged Opel Insignia according to Motor Trend Magazine.
#210 of 240 Re: Update on rocker panels [dinof]
May 16, 2008 (9:47 am)
I hope Saturn doesn't screw up the next Gen. Aura the way
they have done to the current models 07 thru 08/9. Hopefully by
2010 they will have found a better way to secure the rocker panels..........like making them a part of the steel body instead
of a pair of clip-on plastic pieces of junk.