have we any AURA owners here?

Discussion in 'Saturn Aura' started by mack, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. mack

    mack Guest

    If we do, what's your opinion of your automobile?
    mack, Aug 29, 2007
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    marx404 Guest

    I sell 'em, and drive then every day if that helps. Everybody that has
    bought one loves it, however, to be honest, not for those who are height
    challenged and I have lost out to Camry due to the enormous headrests on the
    rear seat which greatly inhibit rear window visibility, the side mirrors
    cold be slightly longer too. Other than that, what a great car, as I say,
    people seem to love it.
    marx404, Aug 29, 2007
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    Box134 Guest

    I looked inside one this morning at the dealership. I was wondering how
    good they were myself.

    This is what CR says about it: ( I hope it doesn't wrap the lines in some
    unreadable fashion.) CR isn't keen on it, but OTOH they didn't like the SL2
    and I'm still driving one.

    Road Test
    Tested model: 2007 XE sedan, 3.5-liter V6, 4-speed automatic
    Tested tires: Hankook Optimo H725A, size P225/50R17 93S While it's an
    improvement over the Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu with which it shares
    its platform, the Aura does not measure up to the best family sedans. The
    quick XR has a bigger V6 and six-speed automatic that gets the same fuel
    economy as the smaller V6 with a four-speed automatic in the XE. Both have
    responsive handling, but the XE has an absorbent ride while the XR's ride
    is stiff. Emergency handling could be better despite the XR's standard
    stability control. Fit and finish is marred by some details.

    The XE rides better than the XR and absorbs bumps without undue body
    motions. The XR is jittery and transmits harsh bumps into the cabin. Both
    engines are quiet and wind noise is suppressed, but some suspension noise
    is evident. Both versions are nimble, and the XE has responsive and
    well-weighted steering. The XR has heavier steering with less body lean.
    Both have a wide 42-foot turning circle and the XR's steering requires a
    lot of effort to park. Both cars slid their tails too easily at their
    limits and the XR's standard stability control intervened too late. Both
    engines accelerate well, although the 224-hp, 3.5-liter V6 in the XE is not
    as quick or refined as the 252-hp, 3.6-liter V6 in the XR, which had easily
    provoked torque steer and wheelspin. Expect 20 mpg overall for both. The
    four-speed transmission in the XE isn't as responsive or as smooth as the
    six-speed in the XR. Braking performance was very good, but wet stops were
    a bit long. Headlight performance was good.

    The interior is nice but has some second-rate details. The Aura's cabin is
    plagued with miscues, such as the poor fitting, sharp-edged seatback trim
    and the odd omission of over-the-door assist grips. The dash top is nicely
    padded and switchgear is rubberized, but the console feels flimsy. The
    telescopic steering wheel and optional power adjustable pedals helped
    drivers get comfortable. Head and leg room are good, but the wide center
    console takes up knee room. Most found the shoulder belt anchors too low
    even at their highest position. The wide rear head restraints and roof
    pillars hinder rear visibility. The front seats are supportive and
    comfortable, but some found the XE's cloth seats too firm on long trips.
    The lumbar adjustment is hard to reach. The rear seat is roomy, but its
    hard, flat cushion is too low to provide sufficient support. The XR model
    has wireless headphones and rear-seat audio controls, rare on a family
    sedan. Front access is easy, but the sloping roof hinders rear access. Most
    controls and gauges are user-friendly. The automatic climate system on the
    XR works well, but the center-vent shutoff on both cars failed to work.
    Cabin storage is modest. The nicely trimmed trunk can be expanded by
    folding the 60/40-split seats using the straps inside the car.

    Seatback-mounted side-impact air bags and curtain head-protection air bags,
    extending to protect outboard occupants in both rows in side impacts, are
    both standard. They supplement required front air bags and three-point
    belts in all seats. The front seatbelts have adjustable upper anchors to
    help get a comfortable and safe fit, and are equipped with pretensioners to
    help reduce belt slack in the event of a crash. Rear outboard belts have
    comfort guides to better position the shoulder portion of those belts for
    small adults or children who have outgrown child restraints. Optional
    power-adjustable pedals can help drivers maintain a good reach to the
    pedals and safe distance from the steering wheel. There are adjustable,
    locking head restraints in the front and rear outboard seats that are tall
    enough even when lowered to reduce rearward head travel and whiplash
    injury. The rear center seat lacks a head restraint. Daytime running lights
    are standard. Driving with kids: It may prove difficult to get a secure fit
    for rear-facing infant seats in the rear center seat when installed using
    the seatbelts. They should prove secure with LATCH. Front-facing seats and
    rear-facing convertible seats should also prove secure. There are three
    top-tether anchors on the rear parcel shelf and three sets of LATCH anchors
    in the rear seat. The center LATCH anchors are offset into the left rear
    seat, preventing using that seat if there is a LATCH seat in the center;
    the owner's manual restricts the number of LATCH seats installed in the
    rear to two and also restricts other occupants when LATCH seats are used,
    since access to seatbelts can be hindered.

    We do not have data to predict reliability, this model is new.
    Box134, Aug 29, 2007
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    mack Guest

    The XR has heavier steering with less body lean.
    Doggone....that about kills it for me. I swore when I rented a Buick Le
    Sabre once that I would never own one, due to its turning radius, which was
    akin to a small battleship. Why a 42 foot turning circle for a medium
    size car? My 2003 Avalon is only 37 feet, and it's considered a large car.

    Thanks for the input, gentlemen!
    mack, Aug 29, 2007
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    misterfact Guest

    Like all previous SATURN cars- I just wonder what epidemic, costly
    manufacturing flaws is Saturn Corp hiding from its customers?!

    Flaws that usually show up after the warranty expires!

    Never buy ANY Saturn (new or used) unless you are armed with an
    ironclad, extended warranty!
    misterfact, Sep 10, 2007
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