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    Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    A local dealer has an '08 with 800 miles on it, the 2 door XR, for 13,700. I like the car, and it's a good price. But I'm concerned about warranty coverage and parts availability in the years to come. Please advise.

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    I have zero worries about parts/warranty. Mine has 20k+ miles on it and has been flawless.

    Pull the trigger on that bad boy.

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    Go for it, I've had zero issues with mine and not worried about warranty or parts availability issues.

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    What happens to the warranty when Saturn folds?

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by RamJet502 View Post
    What happens to the warranty when Saturn folds?
    You go to a Chevy/Buick/Caddy/GMC store. If New GM can still count the sales of the remaining Saturn/Pontiac stock, the dealers can service your Saturn/Pontiac and pay for warranty work.

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by K-1 View Post
    You go to a Chevy/Buick/Caddy/GMC store. If New GM can still count the sales of the remaining Saturn/Pontiac stock, the dealers can service your Saturn/Pontiac and pay for warranty work.
    Then there is no issue but I'd want that in writing before I bought.

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    No worries. The Warranty is covered by GM and the parts will be available, it's a Delta car.
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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    I suggest you test drive it first though, they're real dogs with the automatic.

    I almost traded the Aura on on an Astra when gas was over $4 until I drove an auto and it was as slow as my old SL2.

    My only concern would be engine parts, it comes with a Euro-spec Ecotec, not a NA Ecotec. The parts don't interchange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aura XR View Post
    I suggest you test drive it first though, they're real dogs with the automatic.

    I almost traded the Aura on on an Astra when gas was over $4 until I drove an auto and it was as slow as my old SL2.
    They're no more dogs than the other 4-cyls in its class. The only difference is it switches to neutral at idle, which affects non-roll-out 0-60 times. Definitely test drive it, but I find the power adequate for a small 4-cyl.

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzy View Post
    No worries. The Warranty is covered by GM and the parts will be available, it's a Delta car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    Epsilon, you mean.
    Nope...Astra is Delta

    Aura is Epsilon


    Do I hear Omega?

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by Aura XR View Post
    I suggest you test drive it first though, they're real dogs with the automatic.

    I almost traded the Aura on on an Astra when gas was over $4 until I drove an auto and it was as slow as my old SL2.

    My only concern would be engine parts, it comes with a Euro-spec Ecotec, not a NA Ecotec. The parts don't interchange.
    The old DOHC were pretty peppy. My '92 SC felt faster than the Astra I drove. The Astra felt more like my 2002 SC1 with the SOHC.

    Parts are federally mandated to be available for at least 10 years from what I've heard.

    Quote Originally Posted by K-1 View Post
    They're no more dogs than the other 4-cyls in its class. The only difference is it switches to neutral at idle, which affects non-roll-out 0-60 times. Definitely test drive it, but I find the power adequate for a small 4-cyl.
    I found it to be a dog. Handles like it's on rails, but disappointing in the pep department. I don't know what th eother cars in it's class are like, but I know what it's predicessors are like and it was as bad or worse.
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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    Epsilon, you mean.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aura XR View Post
    Nope...Astra is Delta

    Aura is Epsilon


    Do I hear Omega?
    Nope, Olds is dead and the Omega is WAY dead.
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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by K-1 View Post
    They're no more dogs than the other 4-cyls in its class. The only difference is it switches to neutral at idle, which affects non-roll-out 0-60 times. Definitely test drive it, but I find the power adequate for a small 4-cyl.
    I would recommend taking it for a test drive as well.

    I had the 2009 automatic out for about an hour one day and it was quite responsive. From a dead stop there if a bit of a lag but this is expected within this segment. Once the car gets going the acceleration is surprisingly peppy... while on the highway I looked down a couple of times to realize that I was well within ticketing territory.

    Great styling and construction compared to the Cobalt. However, it would have been better served if it shared the same powerplant.

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    Re: Considering 2008 Saturn Astra

    I don't know where everyone gets that "10 year mandated parts" crap. It's totally false.

    You can't get all the parts for your five year old car still in production right now.

    I'd get a price on the t-belt replacement on that Astra before I pulled that trigger.

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