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    Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR



    The Inside Line team purchased a 2007 Saturn Aura XR with a 3.6 L V-6 engine for a long-term road test, part of a typical trend. The result was depressing.

    The Edmunds gang were excited about the Aura, finding its styling and its 6 spd. Hydra-matic tranny too good to resist. The engine had outstanding power...and that was about where the complements ended. The car was in the shop longer and more often than the team's old Ferrari 308 GTSi. That's how bad it was. Pieces fell off, things weren't working, and more bizarre occurrences than a season of The Twilight Zone. (Customer service was rated very well.) Price depreciation followed that bad trend, with the Aura losing 46% of its value compared to the gang's Accord, which lost just 20. The initial Aura price was around $26,800. The final selling price was just $14,400.

    Here's the finale:

    In our long-term wrap-up of the Honda Accord we wrote: "Honda's not-too-sporty but not-too-comfortable persona meant it was never the first choice when it came to choose a ride from our test fleet, but it also was never the last one picked." Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Saturn Aura which, when it wasn't in the shop, was frequently the last one picked.
    Read the full review:

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do...ticleId=121777

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    Re: Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR

    Ouch.....
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    Re: Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR

    They've had it out for that car since they picked it up. Read the intro. Does it deserve the COTY title? That says it all right there. They were looking to disprove the award from the very beginning.

    I had absolutely zero issues with my XR.

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    Re: Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR

    i read this days ago, and they really liked the service ?
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    Re: Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR

    I'm not surprised. I won't discredit that it probably had some quality issues, but I'm sure Edmunds blew the issue up to prove their opinion.

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    Re: Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR

    They have given a lot of praise to other GM cars in there longterm fleet including the G8, CTS, and Enclave. They even gave some praise to the Tahoe. The Aura on the other hand along with the Solstice and Silverado suffered from some quality issues. They were a little harsh on the Aura, but let's be honest, who among us whould choose to drive a car with known issues like the ones their Aura had?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuffG929 View Post
    They have given a lot of praise to other GM cars in there longterm fleet including the G8, CTS, and Enclave.
    When those threads get posted, Edmunds will be the smartest and most honest reviewers ever. With a negative review, Edmunds 'had it out for 'em'

    C'mon, Edmunds is being honest and some of you don't like the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptviperz View Post
    When those threads get posted, Edmunds will be the smartest and most honest reviewers ever. With a negative review, Edmunds 'had it out for 'em'

    C'mon, Edmunds is being honest and some of you don't like the results.
    In all seriousness, there are Edmund's reviews that simply leave you scratching your head sometimes, and they aren't always of GM vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptviperz View Post
    When those threads get posted, Edmunds will be the smartest and most honest reviewers ever. With a negative review, Edmunds 'had it out for 'em'

    C'mon, Edmunds is being honest and some of you don't like the results.
    Did you follow along with the long-term test entries? They were looking to make the car fail. They actually broke a piece of the telescoping steering system off. I mean, come on.

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    I sat in the Aura at the car show. The ingress/egress are abysmal. It's almost impossible not to hit your head and I'm not a tall guy. It's a terrible design flaw. The interior is nice.

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    Edmunds and honesty? Its based in LA!! for crying out loud!! They host GT-R parties!!!
    I am yet to see a Mustang Party over there.

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    Re: Inside Line SLAMS the Aura XR

    They may have got a lemon, but this sounds like the GM from the 80's all over again. I was hoping for something different, but none of it sounds any different from personal experiences. I love GM, but this crap has to stop sometime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptviperz View Post
    When those threads get posted, Edmunds will be the smartest and most honest reviewers ever. With a negative review, Edmunds 'had it out for 'em'

    C'mon, Edmunds is being honest and some of you don't like the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-1 View Post
    Did you follow along with the long-term test entries? They were looking to make the car fail. They actually broke a piece of the telescoping steering system off. I mean, come on.
    From what I read, it broke anytime the telescoping feature was used. And the whole power steering rack had to be replaced, do you think they abused the steering?

    I'm not saying the Aura is a bad car but Edmunds sure got a lemon, no? Shouldn't happen in these days of quality control. It does sound like Saturn went above and beyond which is great to hear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtreme08 View Post
    I refuse to believe any test done by an organization that compares a turbo 4cy compact car to a 400+hp 8cy family sedan.
    It was a dumb test with a predictable ending. Big car goes faster straight, little car goes faster through twisties. Duh.
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