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Considering a Saturn? Yes, actually...

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Well, as I've said many times, after I test drove an Acadia back in January, I've been infatuated with the Lambdas ever since. As I always do, I attempted to peak some interest in the queen mum--her Suburban is right at 3 years, which is actually the LONGEST she's owned any of the past 4 vehicles--and she what she thought. Still SUV comfort and space, but much more refined, better gas mileage, and much lower pricing than another new GMT-900.

Didn't immediately get such a strong response--well, aside from a while ago when she saw the Enclave concept on Motorweek and said "Wow, what's that?!"--until just recently. Out of the blue I was asked "Those Acadias, what kind of gas mileage do they get?" and etc., etc. Point blank, the Suburban is nice, but as I've also said many times, more of a waste for a 1 person commuter vehicle than the 5 times a year it gets loaded.

So, I started scheming. She likes things exactly as her Suburban is, a "cloth" model that's actually pretty loaded, and that's what I started researching. I still like the Acadia look most, but on a base SLE trim, you just can't get key things like the DIC, steering wheel controls, etc. Next up, to the Saturn. Here, I can build an Outlook XR FWD that's EXACTLY right, with what we'd want.

Of course, I've never been too privy on the "Saturn experience", and the MSRP only thing is a change, but even with that, the resulting price isn't too out of line with what a discounted GMC or Buick would be--and I do get Supplier pricing, which does work with Saturn as well. Other than that, seems like a mostly positive thing.

Hopefully next week will be my first foray to a Saturn dealer, check out the Outlooks they have, and see if they'll let me take an extended test drive to bring one home, like the local GM dealer is always willing to do. At the same time, also hope to compare to some more Acadias, at dealers in the same area.

So yeah, we'll see. Never, ever even considered a Saturn really, even with the recent complete brand change, but why not? Seems like a positive sales experience from everyone I've heard, and the Outlook would be a terrific buy if the right one can be found.

If I can bring one home for an hour or two, it should be an easy sell--heck, this past summer, when she was on the gas mileage thing again, I suggested a Buick Lucerne, and after bringing one to her work, she was ready to buy it after a 1 minute test drive. Didn't, of course, but it was that easy.

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Anyone else here who was a recent Saturn "convert" or is considering it now because of all the new products?

Anymore it's kind of like the "different" brand that isn't all that different anymore, but that's a very good thing mostly.

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I think the Outlook would be a good buy since it needs sales anyway...plus it's a handsome devil.

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Saturn doesn't currently make a car large enough for me to desire in that way, but the Aura is damn close.

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I think the Outlook would be a good buy since it needs sales anyway...plus it's a handsome devil.

Yeah, good point. You know, that was another thing. Albeit minor, the Outlook right now has a $1000 rebate or low financing that the others don't--I presume because of the slightly lower sales. I didn't know about the former until I was on their site, and it was another attractive thing, on top of the Supplier pricing we can get. The Acadia, in comparison, is just doing insanely well from a sales point, and most dealers are going crazy either trying to keep them or are constantly searching around to find them for people--in the one big Acadia forum that started, they also just saw a huge roar in new members, which is consistent.

But, we'll see. The Suburban is at 3 years of a 5 year loan, and has 46k on it, but really hasn't had any maintenance aside from oil and some warranty repairs. Still, a pretty good time, value wise I think, to at least check on something new, even if just for the heck of it.

Someone at church has a Med. Brown Outlook, a color that I'm back and fourth on, but overall it's a great looker. We've been on a white tangent for a while--my pewter silver being the first to break it--and I think she's sick of it, but have no idea what else she'd like color wise. White Diamond actually would be perfect, and that alone would sell her on it, but I doubt being able to find one that's very lightly optioned. I just hope the dealer has one that's pretty close, color regardless, to get the best idea. Going on a mission tomorrow to the Saturn dealer down the road in West Chester, before I move back to Delaware in a few days, to check some out while they're closed.

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Saturn doesn't currently make a car large enough for me to desire in that way, but the Aura is damn close.

Yeah, good point. I really don't see them adding anything larger, car wise, but I guess with future expansion it's possible. The Aura is really well regarded by just about everyone, for sure, and out of all GM's cars, it actually does fit on a list of my top few if I were in the market for one.

All the new stuff seems to be doing great, but when I think about it, at least at home, I still rarely see any of the "new". That's partly why the one couple from church who has a brown Outlook sticks in my mind so much. I think the key here is just that the closest dealer is half an hour away, but not totally sure.

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Does your Mom know you are talking about her on the Net? Next time I'm in Sussex County, I'ma tell! :smilewide:

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Does your Mom know you are talking about her on the Net? Next time I'm in Sussex County, I'ma tell! :smilewide:

Haha. Yes, all the time, trust me. The way it goes is I get the idea for a new car, do the research and any more do test drives, and play Mr. Salesman to convince her. It's a fun game, and I have a pretty good success rate. Seriously...I can usually tell when she's getting the idea too, but is just so not hot on the idea of car shopping or even test driving (dislikes that, too), she likes other people to do it for her.

And, being that I'm wrapping up this year in a day, and about to move home, what better time. If I only had constant income myself, trust me, I'd be on car #10 by now, alone--so I just fulfill the need through someone else's checkbook for the time being;)

Just like last year, when gas was up, and I heard "That's it, I need a Volkswagon" about 5 times. Took me a few minutes, but in came the Lucerne suggestion, and it was 75% the way of happening.

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Here's another thing guys. Not that you'll have any real bearing on this, but if you were going with an Outlook, what would be your pick or picks of colors?

Like I said, we've been on a white thing for a while, and I actually really like the white once again on an Outlook, but also think it'd be nice for something new and different. The only rules are blue and red are out, but curious of what you think...

http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/outlook/colors.jsp

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The red Outlook at the auto show looked great.

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Red, Blue or Black (you can never go wrong with black)

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Red, Blue or Black (you can never go wrong with black)

You can if you want to keep it looking good. Black cars are a bitch to keep clean, not to mention swirl marks if you do any waxing. Red is also tough in that respect. If I were buying an Outlook, I'd go with Cocoa or Ocean Mist.
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Ocn Mist is hot, with the blue/gray interior. That's my favorite combination for the Outlook. I still wish GM made a 2-row Lambda with a shorter wheelbase for people who just don't need that 3rd seat.

Good luck with this project, caddy. The Lambdas are fantastic products.

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I'm on a different Continent, so I couldn't really consider any of the Lambdas... I have to say that I like what I've seen so far (in pics) of the 3 Lambda vehicles and if (a) the equipment fits your needs and wants perfectly and (b) you can go past the MSRP only thing, then go for it.

Also, considering how much $$$ you might save on fuel might be important: A Suburban isn't exactly the most fuel efficient of vehicles.

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Ocn Mist is hot, with the blue/gray interior. That's my favorite combination for the Outlook. I still wish GM made a 2-row Lambda with a shorter wheelbase for people who just don't need that 3rd seat.

Good luck with this project, caddy. The Lambdas are fantastic products.

That's the Chevy...and possibly one other brand, if the hints dropped are true. Unfortunately, '09 MY, IIRC (for the Chevy)
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I'm on a different Continent, so I couldn't really consider any of the Lambdas... I have to say that I like what I've seen so far (in pics) of the 3 Lambda vehicles and if (a) the equipment fits your needs and wants perfectly and (b) you can go past the MSRP only thing, then go for it.

Also, considering how much $$$ you might save on fuel might be important: A Suburban isn't exactly the most fuel efficient of vehicles.

Yeah, that's the main thing. Particularly just figuring out if the overall gas mileage increase is enough to notice. I'm pretty sure it would be, even if not Suburban->Prius huge. Since she bought it, the 'Burb has pretty much been locked on the 14-16mpg average in short daily stop and go trips, and pulls 20-22'ish at times cruising on the highway. Not bad at all, really, for the size and weight of the vehicle, but not terrific either.

As for the colors, realistically, dark blue and red are out for sure, and though I too like the Ocean Mist, the blue shade would probably kill it too. One color I know would, by far, be a winner is the White Diamond, I just doubt the number of low optioned models out there in that shade.

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That's the Chevy...and possibly one other brand, if the hints dropped are true. Unfortunately, '09 MY, IIRC (for the Chevy)

Hmm...never heard of that. I thought the Chevy was just going to be the same 7/9-seater size, and really no different aside from styling and trim than the others.

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F*** that. Have mom buy a Roadmaster Estate. Stick w/ the B-bodys!!!

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No credible person has said that there will be a SWB Lambda, although some here wish for it. A SWB Lambda would be barely bigger, but probably much heavier, than an Equinox, so I don't see the point.

As far as the suggestion for buying a Roadmaster Estate, unless the purchaser has excellent mechanical skills, why would anyone recommend buying an 11 year old car?

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F*** that. Have mom buy a Roadmaster Estate. Stick w/ the B-bodys!!!

Sorry, haha...already have 2 Fleetwoods and a Roadmaster sedan, and though they're great cars, that'll never happen. Once you go SUV, it's hard to ever be trully comfortable "down low" in a car again, let alone a classic.

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If I was choosing between the Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia, the Acadia would win.

To me, better looking, and less image baggage. Saturn could go super premium and have a

supercar in their lineup and I still wouldn't go there.

It will take years to change the perception that Saturn has.

I would be slightly embarassed to say I owned a Saturn.

It feels emasculating.

The interior alone would win me over to the GMC...

the Saturn's is dated and overwrought with fake wood.

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If I was choosing between the Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia, the Acadia would win.

To me, better looking, and less image baggage. Saturn could go super premium and have a

supercar in their lineup and I still wouldn't go there.

It will take years to change the perception that Saturn has.

I would be slightly embarassed to say I owned a Saturn.

It feels emasculating.

The interior alone would win me over to the GMC...

the Saturn's is dated and overwrought with fake wood.

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How is that overwrought?

Oh well, to each his own, but I myself would have no problem buying a Saturn...in fact I'd much rather buy their new products than anything they had in the past.

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I was looking at them today on the lot. Apparently, you can order woodgrain trim or metallic trim in the Outlook. I like it either way.

Saw an Enclave today too. That is THE best looking Lambda so far, inside and out, imo. It was a FWD brown. I think the price was $36k.

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I was looking at them today on the lot. Apparently, you can order woodgrain trim or metallic trim in the Outlook. I like it either way.

Saw an Enclave today too. That is THE best looking Lambda so far, inside and out, imo. It was a FWD brown. I think the price was $36k.

Yeah, base XE Outlooks all get the silver trim, and XR trims get the wood. I'd prefer the silver choice in all, but that's just how it goes.

I also want to see an Enclave. Don't think I'll make it out on my exploration trip today, but from all that I've seen, the "base" CX Enclave is terrific, and would be another perfect fit.

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If I was choosing between the Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia, the Acadia would win.

To me, better looking, and less image baggage. Saturn could go super premium and have a

supercar in their lineup and I still wouldn't go there.

It will take years to change the perception that Saturn has.

I would be slightly embarassed to say I owned a Saturn.

It feels emasculating.

The interior alone would win me over to the GMC...

the Saturn's is dated and overwrought with fake wood.

Agreed, and the GMC still wins with me from a purely stylistic point of view, just not on the equipment aspect of a lower model as just too much is stripped. But, that hasn't ruled one out, and it's definitely on the list.

In that, I think the Outlook is very much the same, but made with a Euro flair of sorts, with some lines dulled down a bit, and the chrome and such stripped away largely. All 3 definitely appeal in different ways, which is a great thing.

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