Drove the Astra for a day

Discussion in 'Saturn Astra' started by marx404, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    Today I spent some time driving a new 2008 silver Astra XE automatic while
    my ION is in the shop. I haven't really had the chance to open one up on the
    highway or hit a corner hard in the country. I am pretty impressed with the
    speed and especially the handling. of course, this is really a German-built
    Opel and the way it handles shows. The car loves to be beat on and rewards
    you for it. Unlike my ION, it feels like a mid-size real car. I am curious
    how the Astra would hold up to a year of my "sporty" driving. My '07 ION.3
    does have 6 more horsepower and much more torque, I know the ION could take
    the Astra in a stop light race but the Astra does quite well once under way.
    I still think my ION gets better mileage and power but the Astra comes
    really close.

    If you have not driven an Astra yet or are thinking of a small car,
    especially an import, the Astra is worth a test drive. According to Motor
    Trend magazine, the Astra has a quicker 0-60 time than it's compact
    competitors, which is contrary to what others are saying. If this is the new
    direction Saturn is headed in, German-engineered Saturns, it definitely is
    the right direction.
    marx404, Sep 23, 2008
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    Bassplayer12 Guest

    Astra is a nice car BUT, they don't have front cup holders because, in
    typical German fashion,
    Germans decided that you don't need cup holders, that you shouldn't drive
    and drink our coffee at the same time.
    WE WANT OUR CUP HOLDERS, DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bassplayer12, Sep 24, 2008
  3. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    There is one in the center console conveniently located between the front
    seats and there is a two cup holder that pops out of the rear seat. . Also
    there is a center armrest accessory that has a slideable cupholder. It could
    be in a better place though. At least the cupholders aren't blocking off the
    AC controls like the ION.
    marx404, Sep 24, 2008
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    PerfectReign Guest

    Den Arm aus dem Fenster,
    das Radio voll an,
    draußen hängt ein Fuchsschwanz dran,
    in jeder Karre sitzen vier Mann.
    Die Bullen eben in der Stadt abgehängt,
    mit 110 einen Ford versengt
    und einen Fiat ausgebremst.
    Wir haben neue Schluffen drauf
    und uns Ralleystreifen gekauft.

    Wir sind die Jungs von der Opel-Gang,
    wir haben alle abgehängt.
    Wir sind die Jungs von der Opel-Gang,
    wir haben alle abgehängt.
    PerfectReign, Sep 24, 2008
  5. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    This is how Google Translator deciphered that: (funny)

    The arm out the window,
    fully to the radio,
    outside hangs a foxtail off
    sit barrow in every four men
    The Bulls just in the city suspended,
    with 110 a Ford scorched
    and a Fiat being.
    We have new silt on top
    and bought us rally stripes.

    We are the boys of the Opel Gang,
    We have all left.
    We are the boys of the Opel Gang,
    We have all left.
    Opel Gang!
    marx404, Sep 25, 2008
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    PerfectReign Guest


    I read/write German and that band (Die Toten Hosen ) is one of my favorites.
    I had never bothered to "translate" the song.
    PerfectReign, Sep 25, 2008
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    Oppie Guest

    HeHe - I work for a German operation. Needed a translation of a technical
    document from German to English. Tried Babelfish.altavaisa.com and the
    Google translator. Neither quite got what I needed so I asked the Big Boss'
    sons (VPs...) if they could translate it. What the heck they were born in
    the USA but went to German school. They couldn't make sense of the document
    either and suggested I ask their father. I go the president's office and ask
    him. He looks down his nose at me and says that "you've worked here for 26
    years and don't speak German yet?" I loved the look on his face when I told
    him his sons couldn't make sense of it either. Perhaps he should send me to
    Germany for a year for total immersion. <BEG>
    Oppie, Sep 26, 2008
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