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2008 Saturn ASTRA Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by Geno1957

A member in Nova Scotia, Canada

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Reviewed: 2008 Saturn ASTRA

4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Why the 2008 Saturn ASTRA?

Handling

The car handles very well in corners etc for the class of vehicle. It is fun to drive.

Materials & workmanship

The car has a european feel (made in Belgium and german designed OPEL). Interior fit and finish is better than compettitors in price range.

Discounts & incentives

With incentives and an over 20K price - got car on the road for a little over 16K (w/ trade in of 1K) with AC and good handling - no complaints.

Powertrain performance

With the 138 HP ecotech engine it is nimble at lower gear ranges.

Fuel economy

This vehicle gets 30 MPG 70% hwy 30% city driving with a heavy foot. Better than my last vehicle. Got about 38 to 42 mpg on hwy on long trip.

Why Not the 2008 Saturn ASTRA?

Quietness

This vehicle is noisy like most in its class. I sound proofed it and cut noise levels in half and made stereo sound much better.

Color choices

The mainly dark grey/ black cloth interior as the only choice of interior color was a bit of a let down. Would have prefered a lighter colour especially for hot summer conditions.

Audio & nav systems

Found the Audio and NAV systems somewhat confusing. No MP3 plug in available.

Feature availability

The placement of the cup holder was somwhat awkward behind the front seats, and only one.

Brand reputation & image

Unfortunately for the brand - no longer existing - this will bring resale values down somewhat because of public opinion on that.

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Response from scumbling1

8:26 pm January 8, 2016

The lack of resale value is a positive for cheapskate used buyers, like myself!

As you mention though, the issue of spare parts is a real concern. I am considering an Astra as a daily beater, but that problem has made me hesitate. Are you aware of anything on the car from the GM parts bin?

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