2008 Saturn Astra
The Astra is a European-made hatchback with a stylish exterior.
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Great little car! by greenspire on 12/27/2013. Trim: 2008 Saturn Astra XR 3-Door, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Great styling in the 3 door XR. Four doors tend to be an ugly duckling and look like a Versa. UGLY! Great quality, fantastic handling with the 18" optional wheel/tire package. Quick steering, rain sensing wipers, rear wiper, ABS, stability control, Traction control and bigger brakes than the Yurp model. Excellent leather interior. 3 flash momentary directional blinker standard, one side parking light for parking on the side of the road. (VERY European!) Good mileage.........I get combined mileage between 26 & 32 on a regular basis,.....unless I am having too much fun! I also have a trailer hitch on the car and can pull a small trailer. Works great!
Cons: Car is a bit underpowered but gets good mileage for all that. European cars are different and not made for rapid acceleration. Not with the price they pay for petrol. You learn to drive differently......the name of the game is momentum! Keep it going......... The usual complaints are not enough cup holders and no ipod jack. Big deal.....so just drive, not drink etc. Saturn dealers are gone so it now goes to the old Saturn dealer that now carries Mazda. GM dealers will also work on them if necessary. Maybe parts will be hard to find down the road?
Overall review: Very nice car! Great commuter or for fun on the twisties. ALL the options you can think of! Looks great, drives very well, good mileage. Great in the winter with the proper snow tires on all four corners. (Saab wheels fit.......so do some other GM wheels.)
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