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Cons: Quality, Comfort, practability, proformance
Advice: Don't buy till you drive one for a whileI only owned my sky for two months,every where I went I was a celebrity.Took me 40 minutes to get gas as everyone wanted to look. But reality set in with the most impractical car I have ever owned. Quality was poor as water leaked severly when washed. The top was a pain and the wind noise made it hard to hear the XM radio even when the top was us. A don't even try a cup of coffee holders. My wife couldn't drive it because the manual seat would not move. I had a radiator leak in the first week which caused me to be out of commission for several days. If GM had put as much thought in the inside and quality as the looks, they would have a super winner..Alas, not so. A mini corvette it is not with the same engine as our HHR.....and the HHR runs better.
Pros: quad coupe doors
Advice: Buy one of the best, last, dent- free made in USA cars ever.2100 miles in 2 months. No problems so far. Really smooth and good handling with enhanced performance package and 2.4 liter engine. Transmission is smooth and well matched to engine. Love the XM radio and OnStar with turn by turn directions. Very easy to get the little girl in and out of the backseat with the quad coupe doors.
Pros: The look, turns heads and gets plenty of attention.
Cons: Too tight, mirror low, allows headlights from other cars in your eyes, battery change difficult, radio sucks
Advice: Great car for the money, You get exactly what u pay forLacks power, but compensates on the appearence. Perfect for the price paid. They hit a home run with this one. Also front is too low, they need to raise it, or put something on nose bottom to stop scraping when pulling into driveways.
Pros: The appearance.
Cons: The engine power.
Advice: Save your money on the Redline! Opt for looks, if neccessary, and get the standard model.Let me start off by stating the obvious: this car is gorgeous! Now, beyond that, it is flawed in many ways. Take away its good looks and you've got a mediocre automobile, at best. For 175hp, it feels a lot more like the Ion's Ecotec 140hp engine in manual transmision. The pickup is decent, to say the least. The biggest drawback is how there is absolutely NO ROOM!! The ride is very uncomfortable. Now, I know that you can't expect roadsters to be chock full of room. But, you can't even put a cup in this baby. I just came back from test driving the Redline model. While the engine is definitely much stronger and the overall vehicle handles better, the turbo seems to sleep for a good 2-3 seconds before kicking in. Not responsive at all. I know that turbos will generally take a few instances to respond, but this is crazy! Sure, at 260hp, it packs a whollop, but you have to wait for it...wait for it...wait...there it is!! Reading up on the pros and cons of turbocharging a 4-cylinder engine, I found more cons than pros. Only the Mazda Speed 6 has been able to pull it off with absolutely no lag in the turbo. Oddly enough, I just purchased a Speed 6 and have been blowing away Acuras, BMWs and Audis left and right. That car is not only gorgeous, but at 285hp (4-cyl. turbo) it mechanically pulled off what the Sky Redline sadly couldn't!
Pros: The exterior look.
Cons: Back antenna. Doesnt really go with the car.
Advice: GET ONE!!!Great looking car with a lot of attention to detail inside and out. Cant tell you have many times I had to tell people that it is a Saturn. Very happy with the car and like the feeling it has on the road.
Pros: stereo - 6 disc CD changer
Cons: Everything else. Horrible to drive!
Advice: Dont get a 2004! 2003 was great, but whatever improvements they tried to make went extremely wrong!Horrible. Hits every little bump like its a huge pothole! Back end slides behind you. Feels very unsafe on highway and very loud!
Pros: The big trunk
Cons: The gas mileage.
Advice: Don't buy this car.I've driven the car over 5,000 miles now, and it is terrible. The gas mileage is a dismal ~28.5 even though it is driven mostly highway miles and is supposed to get up to 35 mpg on the highway. Pretty much everything about the car has been a disappointment: gas mileage, dependability (towed back to dealer with 700 miles on it), interior design, interior quality, the paint, driving responsiveness...