New Saturn Aura XE - My opinion

Discussion in 'Saturn Aura' started by New & Improved - N/F John, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. I purchased the Aura XE. The interior on the Aura is much fancier than my
    2001 L200. I'd say the construction is also a lot better. The front seat
    center arm rest storage compartment has no plastic hinge to break upon
    opening. I told a Saturn rep who called during the initail ownership period
    for my L200 that I though hinge would break on the L200. It did after 115K

    The rear windows go all the way down on the Aura. Finish of side
    compartments dampens rattling. No exterior antenna to remove for a car
    wash. The antenna is in the rear window I think. The steering column is
    telescoping and tilting with limitless adjustments. The trunk has a cargo
    net on the side. Neat looking wheels. Hope the front wheel covers stay
    cleanable unlike the L200. Plenty of safety features: side air bags and
    curtain bags. Metal doors with strengthened design.

    I thought the glove box was a bit small. The roof along the door is a bit
    low. My head touched the roof when I leaned over to adjust the sideview
    mirror. I lowered the seat and now it is less of an issue. The carpeting
    looks a bit cheap. Rubber door arm rest has a fake stitch on it. Why? The
    arm rest is so 1970's now that I think of it, but it is comfortable. I
    think the interior door handle could have been moved forward.

    This car is less awkward than the L200.

    That's my two cents.
    New & Improved - N/F John, Sep 6, 2006
  2. New & Improved - N/F John

    Steve Guest

    Hi, John,
    Sounds like you are happy with your Aura, overall. Thanks for taking the
    time to post here. It may provide me with an alternative (assuming the Aura
    hasn't been replaced or downgraded by GM) when my wife is ready to replace
    her 2004 Honda Accord (although I expect that we're quite a few years from
    being ready to do that). If my '99 SL is still alive, that will provide a
    chance for us to be an all-Saturn family!
    Steve, Sep 6, 2006
  3. Yeah, I think it is super. Being a brand new model makes me a risktaker.
    I'll have to keep an eye out for things. Shall I indulge you in one minor
    oversight on part of the designers?
    New & Improved - N/F John, Sep 11, 2006
  4. New & Improved - N/F John

    rkoerper Guest

    As one who is 6'4", I made every adjustment to the drivers seat that I
    could short of moving the runners for the seats themselves back, which I
    don't think the dealership would have appreciated, I have more room in
    my 97 SL1.
    rkoerper, Sep 12, 2006
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