March 28, 2012 at 10:53 am #38225
Talk about the other GM orphan brand
March 28, 2012 at 10:56 am #39427
Good cars, great dealership network. Gone never to return. Maybe Saturn and Olds can find a place in the categories on the right.
March 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm #39428
Saturn coulda’ been something.
I mean it was a clean sheet approach to selling cars; cars that for many felt and looked Japanese.
But, I’m always left with this nagging, unanswered question, and it’s to do with the J and Z bodies.
The J body spawned the Cavalier, and as such, the Cavalier has left a lasting stain on Chevrolet and GM. Even when the J was dead and gone and the far superior Delta Cobalt came about, I had no shortage of people say that the Cobalt was “just a Cavalier”. I’ve not heard the same of the Cruze, thankfully, but despite this, the Cavalier name still has clout in the public sphere, even if infamously.
Which brings up Saturn’s Z body, responsible for the S, SC, and SW cars. Around here, there are few, yet active S’s, SC’s, and SW’s, the 1.9 seems indullable, and the plastics pannels are as resiliant as ever. Great runabouts and cheap transportation for students.
Now, what if instead of stretching the J beyond 1991, GM killed it then, and put the Cavalier name on the Z body? The Saturn brand never got off the ground, and the hypothetical second-gen Z-body Cavalier takes root as being a quantum leap over the first gen Cavalier.
It could be that GM let both the J and the Z bodies languish as long as they did because they didn’t see the need to develop quality compact cars. Although throwing away money on inter-compeating compacts that overlap in the same segment probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do.
Then again, the second-gen Cavalier’s did offer the 3.1, and those engines didn’t seem really bothered by things like 400K kms.
April 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm #39541
I have a 2001 Saturn SL with 372,000 and the only problem that I have experienced was a shift cable on the manual transmission broke once. I run Mobil 1 synthetic oil and change the oil every 7,000 to 8,000 miles and perform all routine maintenance. I hope to get another 100,000 miles before I purchase a Chevrolet Spark EV in late 2013.
April 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm #39578
Some of my Saturns
April 16, 2012 at 12:17 am #39579
Is that a Red Line I see? 😀
April 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm #39581
2001 SL2 10th Anniversary limited prodution *2700
2001 SL2 Bright Red limited prodution *600
2001 SW2 last year for SW’s
Silver and Grey ION-3 2.4L
2007 Redline comp package
2007 White ION-3 2.4L
*I have the prodution numbers on-file but what I posted is the jist of it.
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