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Pros: I like the fold down cargo rack for packages.
Cons: There seems to be excessive 'play' in the steering wheel.
Advice: Test drive it for a couple of days.I love being higher up when I'm driving! It's an automatic and the gears change so very smoothly. Has a nice pick up, not racy, but quick enough.
Pros: comfortable seats
Cons: The front bumper is too low.
Advice: Get the 6cylI bought mine in Oct and I love it. We took a 5hr drive when we first got it and I couldn't believe how comfortable and smooth the ride was. We also have the auto climate control (which I think they did away with) and the car stayed the perfect temp the whole way. Also the 6 cd player helped it be a wonderful trip.
Pros: compact disc
Advice: Make sure you get a vue fully loadedRides smooth. Didn't take long to get used to the handling of the vehicle. Overall comfort, big enough for my family of 4 and an additional person. Roomy cargo space.
Pros: Polymer panels and spoiler.
Cons: Narrow driver seat, gas cap that can be open by anyone walking up to the car, and the rough cloth surface where the driver left elbow rests.
Advice: Ask your saleperson at the dealership to help get 1-2 accessory items at cost for you. You can really save a few bucks this way.I agree with JoAnne of Staten Island - definitely consider this car along side all the foreign competition. Mine is also a L100 Special Edition which I bought on 3/31/01 (3/31 was the last day for the 60-month 0% financing) and I have now put 2,200 miles on it. The only problem I have come across so far is the outside air-flow shutoff - it seems to do nothing to block the outside air from entering the cabin. I had my eyes set on a 2002 Honda Civic 4-Dr EX for months, but decided out of curiousity to see the Saturns on 3/30/02. I was immediately bowled over by the fact that for the same price I would have paid for the Civic I can get a quieter, roomier, heavier car with dent/ding resistant polymer panels, a metal timing-belt that won't need changing every 60K miles, head-curtain airbags plus traction control, and even a spoiler to boot. What pushed me over the edge was the 30-day, 1,500-mile full refund guarantee if I wasn't happy with the car. The gas mileage, parking, and driver side-impact rating are not nearly as nice as the Civic. However, current side-impact tests only measure chest injuries and not head/neck ones. So, I would rather have the head-curtain in the Saturn than the side airbag in the Civic. Another plus for the Saturn is the very spacious trunk (17.5 cu. ft.!). The buying experience was also a joy. No pressure and very sincere sales people. The only stupid mistake I made was asking for the arm rest to be installed which costed $190. I realized later that I could have bought it for $90 in the Parts Dept. myself and just snapped it in. Good grief! At least my salesperson was willing to get the mudguards for me at cost when I lasked him several weeks later and I installed them myself very easily.
Pros: expressway gas mileage
Advice: Don't look at the smaller modelsCar handles better than I thought. Nice pick up, great on gas. Overall apperance is nice. Would consider another Saturn when time is ready.
Pros: Price, interior space and layout
Cons: driver's seat is not quite deep enough (I have a 36' inseam)
Advice: If you can get the package deal, I got buy it immediately.I would never have considered a Saturn. I drive 600 miles per week. I was considering a smaller 4- door sports car type vehicle, Mazda MP5, Toyota Matrix (180hp 6-spd), and Jetta TDI looking for four doors to haul my kids to school before racing to the office 75 miles away. All of these vehicles, were at or well over $18,000. Then I stopped in the Saturn dealer just to see the $10K anniversary special (too small, too underpowered). As I was leaving the sales rep said how about a truck $17,065, power everything, cruise control, sunroof and 5-speed 29 highway. I said your kidding... The next day I signed the contract, and after a three day search to get the right color (gold), I drove it home. When I show it to people, they invariably ask how much and when I tell them they invariably say 'You're kidding...'
Pros: Fun to drive. Good gas mileage. I expected a SUV to use a lot more gas than my 89 Mazda 626. But
Cons: I wanted a longer warranty without extra charge. Other models offering 7 and 10 yr. warranties. Vue offered purchased extended warranty for 6 yr. Gas tank door does not lock.
Advice: Buy it!Easy driving and manuvering. I purchased the 4-cyl, 5-speed manual transmission. Has plenty of power (city & highway). Price with the special $160 sports package (available for a limited time) could not be beat. Saturn dealership service was superb from beginning and is still ongoing.