Just bought car of the year

I just purchased a Saturn Aura. My dad bought a new Toyota Camry, but the Aura is nicer performing, quieter, and Patrick says it’s nicer (I think the backseat headphones convinced him). More later, gotta sign the paperwork.

One reason I came into Saturn? Someone from Saturn invited me into a dealership after reading my blog. That’s an interesting sales technique. Imagine a company that has a “invite a blogger” division that contacts bloggers. Oh, this isn’t a one-off, either. Saturn sponsored BlogHer last year. That sponsorship just turned into a sale. I do support businesses that support us.

Another factor? Matt Kelly, who works for PodTech, was at the Detroit Auto Show last week and said the Saturn was the best by a mile (here’s Matt’s reports on Saturn). It sure is better than the Honda Civic, which Maryam and I test drove lately too.

And I couldn’t be like Chris Pirillo and buy an Acura. Heheh.

Color? It’s black.

Technology? Not much, when compared to other cars, no nav system or anything like that. Why? I’m a cheap baaaahhhhssstttaaarrrddd.

UPDATE: Steve Powell, director of Colma Saturn, says my car actually has navigation built in through OnStar. Very cool.

67 thoughts on “Just bought car of the year

  1. Who doesn’t love classic cars? Seems everybody does and hollywood has jumped on the bandwagon too. You see them in just about every movie and TV show now.

  2. Who doesn’t love classic cars? Seems everybody does and hollywood has jumped on the bandwagon too. You see them in just about every movie and TV show now.

  3. @16 To be clear, it was named North American Car of the Year. and the judges were only from the US and Canada. But, farbeit from you to be provincial, right?

  4. @16 To be clear, it was named North American Car of the Year. and the judges were only from the US and Canada. But, farbeit from you to be provincial, right?

  5. So, not only do you ‘buy’ her gifts, but you actually put her in charge of handling your financial affairs. So monthly she has to bleed for you. :-(

    Why does she have to work so hard for you? Maybe, all she really wants is one small gift; your love?

    Then again, I only heard her voice once, organizing a meeting of nerds. :-) I know you mean well. So who I am to mess with your head?

    EOT

  6. So, not only do you ‘buy’ her gifts, but you actually put her in charge of handling your financial affairs. So monthly she has to bleed for you. :-(

    Why does she have to work so hard for you? Maybe, all she really wants is one small gift; your love?

    Then again, I only heard her voice once, organizing a meeting of nerds. :-) I know you mean well. So who I am to mess with your head?

    EOT

  7. Yeah, the early Saturns (mid 90′s to 2000 or so) were pretty reliable and safe cars from what I hear. That’s what I based my purchased on. However, the model Saturn I bought (2001 L300 Sedan) has since been shelved entirely it was such a poorly made car. I suspect Saturn won ‘car of the year’ with the Aura because of a lot of lessons learned from the previous L-series models.

    I won’t ever buy another Saturn; not merely because of all the issues I had with mine, but because of how poorly I’ve been treated by them when they know very well how many problems there were with the car they sold me. Instead of “we’re sorry…we know we screwed up, what can we do to make it up to you?” I’ve pretty much been told, “sorry…your warranty is up…tough luck” when the issues I was seeing weren’t even ‘wear and tear’ issues. It was just because of poor quality. I get half the life out of my tires I should get. I had big problems the coolant leaks *days* after having it in for a service. During none of these times did I ever receive a shred of apology or empathy from a Saturn employee. Not once. They just smiled as they took hundreds of my dollars to correct their problems.

    I do hope for your sake that the Aura is much better than the L300 – in fact I think the Aura is what has replaced the L300 as far as their sedans go. Otherwise you have a lot of trips to the dealership for costly repairs ahead of you. I look forward to hearing about your experience with a Saturn (good or bad).

    btw, her payment for the beemer is about $700/mo ?

  8. Yeah, the early Saturns (mid 90′s to 2000 or so) were pretty reliable and safe cars from what I hear. That’s what I based my purchased on. However, the model Saturn I bought (2001 L300 Sedan) has since been shelved entirely it was such a poorly made car. I suspect Saturn won ‘car of the year’ with the Aura because of a lot of lessons learned from the previous L-series models.

    I won’t ever buy another Saturn; not merely because of all the issues I had with mine, but because of how poorly I’ve been treated by them when they know very well how many problems there were with the car they sold me. Instead of “we’re sorry…we know we screwed up, what can we do to make it up to you?” I’ve pretty much been told, “sorry…your warranty is up…tough luck” when the issues I was seeing weren’t even ‘wear and tear’ issues. It was just because of poor quality. I get half the life out of my tires I should get. I had big problems the coolant leaks *days* after having it in for a service. During none of these times did I ever receive a shred of apology or empathy from a Saturn employee. Not once. They just smiled as they took hundreds of my dollars to correct their problems.

    I do hope for your sake that the Aura is much better than the L300 – in fact I think the Aura is what has replaced the L300 as far as their sedans go. Otherwise you have a lot of trips to the dealership for costly repairs ahead of you. I look forward to hearing about your experience with a Saturn (good or bad).

    btw, her payment for the beemer is about $700/mo ?

  9. Jason: by the way, my first Saturn was the car I was in when a lady hit me and I was tipped upside down. I walked away with hardly a scratch. So, I was very happy with my first Saturn purchase.

  10. Jason: by the way, my first Saturn was the car I was in when a lady hit me and I was tipped upside down. I walked away with hardly a scratch. So, I was very happy with my first Saturn purchase.

  11. Congrats on the new purchase (I think). I wouldn’t have bought it but that doesn’t matter now does it. I do like the looks of the new Saturn since it looks more European.

    I know you will keep us posted on every thing you notice about the car, both good and bad. ;-)

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