Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

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    Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    I really like the Saturn Astra, but it's a little too expensive for me at the moment. However, about a month ago, GM announced that Saturn was being liquidated and Saturn as a brand would be discontinued.

    In a few years when I have the money, would it still be wise to buy a used Saturn Astra?


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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    It's a sharp car.

    But if what you're really asking is whether maintenance will be upheld or if the resale value will be diminished the next milestone will happen in days, not years.

    June 1 and the possibility of a Chapter 11 filing will almost certainly come before Saturn is acquired by a third party.

    And for the present time at least, Saturn isn't being liquidated -- it's up for sale.
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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad View Post
    In a few years when I have the money, would it still be wise to buy a used Saturn Astra?
    Hard to say at present. The Astra has not been sold in large volumes here so parts could be more difficult to obtain.

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    It will be easy to maintain or find parts, provided you move to Belgium or Germany

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    Quote Originally Posted by stormwatcher View Post
    Hard to say at present. The Astra has not been sold in large volumes here so parts could be more difficult to obtain.

    I thought it shared alot with the Chevrolet Cobalt?

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

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    I thought it shared alot with the Chevrolet Cobalt?
    Someone else will likely go into more detail, but, for some basic things, the interior pieces/controls are all very different, not sharing the same parts and such as other GM cars available here including the Cobalt. The engine is a Euro Ecotec 1.8L, and is a somewhat different design that isn't found in other GM cars (example: the 1.8L uses a timing belt). I'm not sure about the manual transmission, but the automatic is an Aisin unit, not a HydraMatic like the Cobalt.
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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    I bought a new Oldsmobile Bravada in 2001. It had a 5 year 60k BtB warrantee and guess what? The warrantee was honored, I'm still driving it today and the world is still turning.

    I'd say that you shouldn't worry about purchasing the Saturn if you like the vehicle.

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    Quote Originally Posted by 87silver View Post
    I bought a new Oldsmobile Bravada in 2001. It had a 5 year 60k BtB warrantee and guess what? The warrantee was honored, I'm still driving it today and the world is still turning.

    I'd say that you shouldn't worry about purchasing the Saturn if you like the vehicle.
    Vey different scenario. The Bravada (I had one too) was the same basic car as the Chevy Blazer and the GMC Jimmy which sold in the hundreds of thousands. Parts and service are everywhere. The Astra is a one year model in the US which sold awful. And it was sold only by Saturn. It's an orphan car.

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    Umm... Astra is not the only orphan car by those standards. However, both the Astra and G8 GT (Holden Commodore) sell well overseas. Parts will be available and GM will honor that warranty. You will benefit from crappy resale value if you buy it used because of the depreciation the car will have already taken.
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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    The short answer is : No.

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    There are going to be no issues with parts of the servicing. You will be able to go into Buick with no issues.

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    Re: Now that Saturn is being liquidated, is it wise to buy a Saturn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad View Post
    I really like the Saturn Astra, but it's a little too expensive for me at the moment. However, about a month ago, GM announced that Saturn was being liquidated and Saturn as a brand would be discontinued.

    In a few years when I have the money, would it still be wise to buy a used Saturn Astra?
    It depends on what is important to you. If you want the best GM compact that they sold in the U.S. this decade (IMO), it's a very smart move.

    However, from a fiscal standpoint, do be aware that parts will be hard to come by, and they will likely be more expensive, both at GM dealers and in the aftermarket. So if money's tight, it might not be the best move.
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