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2008 Saturn AstraReview
Guru9X5PZ7 writes:
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Car was comfortable.. unfortunately the serpitine belt broke as I was test driving it

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2008 Saturn AstraReview
jfwalshiv writes:
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I think it was far expected ahead of its time for the year it was built. Its too bad that GM shuttered the Saturn Division at the close of the 2008 model year.

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2008 Saturn AstraReview
Jay writes:
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Handles like a little sports car. A European GM Opel in disguise as a Saturn. Some quirky controls but these can now be had at a great price.

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2008 Saturn AstraReview
GuruLLPDQ writes:
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The Astra is a relatively unknown model in the US, engineered in Germany and built in the mid-2000s by Opel in Belgium. While it lacks the acceleration of the VW GTI from the same model years, the Astra combines superior handling, excellent brakes and a body style that has weathered well over the years. Astras have a good reputation for longevity when reasonably maintained. The body structure is stiff and durable, and if kept reasonably clean, does not generally show signs of rust. The Astra was subject to the drivers airbag recall from several years back, and any car being considered should be checked for the update. Due to the relative obscurity of this model in the US, however, some replacement parts are beginning to become challenging to find., although those that are available are generally reasonably-priced. The Astra is a stylish, reliable alternative for someone looking for a unique, fun-to-drive car at a moderate price.

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2008 Saturn Astra XRReview
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Great Car For A New Driver. — This car is spunky and quick. Multi-media centers offers Bluetooth, and a great sound system. Very sleek little car, perfect for a young driver. Small compact little car can whip into any parking space and has great get up and go. The hatchback does offer more cargo space.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great gas mileage.

Cons: Small back seat, not much cargo room.

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2008 Saturn Astra XR CoupeReview
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Great Fuel Efficient Car — Great looking car with awesome gas mileage and some really nice features. The backseat is not very conducive for a family and the engine is only a 1.8 liter, so there is not a huge amount of power. Overall, a great car for the first-time driver, college student or one with a long work commute.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great on gas mileage and a great looking car.  Very sporty...

Cons: Not much of backseat and with a 1.8 liter engine, there is not as much power.

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2008 Saturn Astra XEReview
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Astra - Delivers As Advertised —

I owned this car for 5 1/2 years. My daughter drove it for two years in the middle. It was not fully safety rated when I bought it, but it had side curtain airbags front and rear and I wanted a car that would protect my daughter / her passengers / my younger son - whoever was in back. Front crash safety is rated better than the back, but back is better than 99% of 2008 cars sold in US. Son of Mr. Goodwrench teacher, I bought the car due to discounts and that I wanted to buy a GM - if it was reliable. In Europe, these are sold as OPEL / VAUXHALL in droves, and compete with Civics and Corollas and VW well. It delivered in spades - we had ONE maintenance issue which took awhile to fix with a fuel sending unit - the second attempt was bungled and it took several tries for Saturn around the world to figure that out. NO other issues. Relatives had a stick coupe and it was more fun than the automatic for sure. This is a solid car with a definite European feel to it. Heated outside mirrors, good sound insulation, tough interior. NOT a throw away car. Mileage with automatic was around 27 mpg with a short commute and lots of highway over 63000 miles. Highest mpg ever on a trip? I remember one was 38, 500 miles with mostly highway, per the trip info center, not just me guessing. Handling and grip were very good from the start - I live in moderate snow winter mid Ohio. There is a winter start setting on the automatic which helps you get started in 3rd i think, which I rarely remembered to use - didn't need it. Stock Eagle LS2 tires are poorly rated compared to many on market but did last almost 50,000 miles. Replaced mine with General Altimax RT 43's which have been excellent and were highly recommended on Tire Rack. Cornering is a breeze, I never felt this car say to me I'm going too fast and that curve is too tight. And I do like to push limits... The radio / info system / maintenance indicator. (I have the lower level radio of the two which are very similar.) OMG. If you are just turning on the radio and saving stations or playing the CD, good to go. Adjusting the time is a pain. Resetting the maintenance miles (mostly an oil change thing) is insanely difficult, mechanics at Saturn had trouble doing it. It does have several nice features, trip odo's, mileage RIGHT NOW, mileage this trip, miles in tank at this rate (very helpful), temp, etc. Overall you hope to get it where you want it and to be able to leave it alone! I was able to load almost anything in this car, including things that I did not want to put in my wife's nicer / spotless vehicles (Santa Fe and XC60) - or could not get in them. Regularly loaded 20 2x4s and whatever else I wanted from hardware stores. Drop seat half, push front seat forward, take head rest off front, throw blanket over seat, load it up. Rarely used both seats down, but that adds some space as well. I took several long trips, and seats always outperformed my 2006 Honda Civic. Interior is dark, which makes finding dark things you've dropped on the floor interesting at night. Overall, if I knew then what I know now, I would have bought three of these and given one to both kids and kept one for me!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Comfortable, capable, cargo space, tough, reliable, sunroof ROCKS, European solid feel

Cons: Automatic and engine ok but not exciting, radio / info screen is insanely hard to work with

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2008 Saturn Astra XR CoupeReview
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Saturn Astra Xr — Performance- needs aftermarket tuning to really have any power, stock only provides 140 hp. Manual gearbox can be notchy, and clutch could have more feel and weight. Brakes work just fine for stopping quick driving, excellent handling but use good tires to do away with some understeer. Build quality - mechanic parts work perfectly, most of interior is also good, but some plastic parts are poorly done Appearance - Unique, cool hot hatch design, esp in black with 18 in wheels and low-pro tires. Fun Factor- With more power and a 6 speed gearbox, this car would be an absolute joy to drive. Until then, it is quite easy to enjoy technical driving with quick steering response.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: It's mine, and it has great tuning potential

Cons: Lack of power, lots of road noise for something not intended to be an out and out sports car.

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2008 Saturn Astra XEReview
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Great Hatchback — Great little car that's fun to drive. Solid build quality and safe. Upscale interior compared to Kia, Hyundai and the Japanese cars. OnStar is awesome. Reliability has been great. Gas and go and oil changes were the only expenses. I wish Saturn still made cars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Small and fun to drive.

Cons: Automatic transmission is slow. No iPod interface.

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2008 Saturn Astra XRReview
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Astric — The acceleration is decent for a economic car. The brakes are very smooth. The handling is amazing, I love taking turns very fast. Overall for the build quality it's been great, i've had it for only 6 months but so far I haven't had any problems. Both the exterior and interior are amazing. The exterior is a unique style that isn't seen very often and my favorite part about it is the panoramic sunroof. The interior is very interesting, its a Black cloth interior with and light grey pillars and roof. The gas milage is awesome 28/32 mpg. Out of every car I have driven, this one is my favorite. I have driven 1995 Dodge Neon, 2006 Nissan Maxima, 2010 Nissan Altima and a 2001 Chevy Tahoe and none of them compare to this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Overall a very unique car and now working on it to make it a one of a kind

Cons: The only thing I hate about this car is that since this was only made for one year, it is pretty much impossible to find aftermarket parts for it.

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