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Re: Saturn quality is a gimmick

 Everything is relative and I hope you enjoy your Lumina.
 Bye, bye George.
 George Rath <> wrote:
 >I just can agree with Valery. I do not own Saturn and I can consider 
 >it maybe if they bring the Opel Vectra as Saturn in 1998. I spoke with 
 >a Saturn salesman (a very rare kind of sincere one) in one of their 
 >dealerships (I won't tell the name of that dealership) and he 
 >confirmed, what I felt before.
 >Basically, what we did agree, that Saturn made a perfect brainwashing 
 >with the "no-haggle price" and "the best quality of any car made in 
 >U.S.". Actually, if you see, they succeed. I think, the "quality" of 
 >the car is asubjetive matter: you spend $15000 or $20000 or maybe even 
 >more - and you will a perfect machine for that amount of money. No 
 >wonder, Volvo owners may complain more... they may be just 
 >perfectionists. On the other side, with a good amount of brainwashing, 
 >the car manufacturer can influence its customers.
 >The sales guy agreed to this...And just laughed.
 >A former colleague of me bought a 1996 SL2. Well, I sat in his car... 
 >I bought a 1995 Chevy Lumina LS with 3.4L motor for ca. $17000 (last 
 >year model, brand new, no miles, no recalls, minor complains on my 
 >side - I am picky). My car was just ca. $1500 more, than his car - but 
 >it is far, far, far better. (Of course, the gas mileage is worse in a 
 >large car, than in a compact one...but SL2 doesn't has 215 horses)
 >Now you can buy new (not used or "program" cars) near-luxury cars, 
 >like 1995 left-over Mitsubishi Diamante LS for around 20K. If you make 
 >your homework and research the price correctly, the Saturn's "one 
 >price" is just your disadvantage. True, the Saturn cars are 
 >quite fair engineered (the cheapo plastic interior design is an other 
 >story), but their price is simply too high if you really buy the 
 >options you like. (Aircon, auto, cruse package).
 >The "wonderfull" depreciation of Saturn cars is the other brainwash.
 >True, Saturn depreciate the least comparing to the MSRP of the car.
 >But if you buy your Chevy, Volvo, Mazda, Ford, etc. at MSRP (I speak 
 >about "regular" sedans or so, not about the "hot" cars) you made a 
 >big, big mistake. Here is the point: Diamante LS may have a MSRP over 
 >30K, if equipped with leather and so on. A one year old car's value is 
 >just barely over 20K. So, Saturn says, Mitsubishi has an awfull 
 >depreciation in the first year. And they are "almost" right. The 
 >dealers had time to time a very big initiative for Mitsubishi, and 
 >they discounted that car over and over. You can buy it now bellow the 
 >"Blue Book" a new car, so, actually, the car's value as used is 
 >higher, than if you buy it now as new. A paradox situation, but true. 
 >My Chevy Lumina LS 's retail value (take the Blue Book or Edmund's) as 
 >USED car is today actually higher, than the price I paid for it as NEW 
 >car. And that Chevy is not a "hot" car at all...
 >Probably I would buy maybe a Mitsubishi Diamante LS today, not the 
 >Chevy simply because it is a bargain now.
 >Basically, if a dealer or car manufacturer promises you an easy 
 >worry-free way (and free from any homework, research and thinking 
 >before going to the dealership) to get a wonderful car and it won't 
 >cost you a LOT of extra money, and what they promise is true - than 
 >you are living on an other planet!
 >I appreciate the Saturn's efforts to manufacture and their cars...But 
 >it isn't "an other kind of company". Same guys, just different (and 
 >not necessarily clean) methods to market.
 >Still, if they bring Opel Vectra I may think about them, but not 
 >George Rath
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