When GM imported the Opel Astra form it's special Saturn assembly line in\nAntwerp, Belgium, the price was just stupid. Even Bob (the putz) Lutz\nadmitted so. With GM and everyone else in the automotive industry cutting\nprices, the Astra which debuted at a starting price of ,000. can now be\nbought for around K.\n\nDealers are stuck with overstock of 2008's (there really are not many '09's\navailable) so now is the time to get a great deal. Not saying that Saturn\ndealers hassle and haggle, but saying that they are selling Astras at really\ngood deals right now.\n\nThe Astra has been available world-wide for over a decade now so parts are\nreadily available if and when needed. I got a great deal and got out of my\nbuggy ION and into a Astra XE I really like. I am averaging 31mpg in city\nand 28 on hwy. not bad considering the heavy weight of this car. In contrast\nto the IOn, the Astra is not a straight-line race winner by any means but\ncan out-handle and out maneuver the ION with ttrue European sports-car\nhandling you would expect of a much more expensive car.\n\nJust my review. If you are thinking of getting one, nows the time to go\ndrive one and see what I am talking about.