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Saturn Vue Prices Paid and Buying Experience

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,024
edited September 23 in Saturn
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  • compre7360compre7360 Posts: 2
    I don't think anyone will beat this deal.

    I got a 2004 FWD 4 Cyl Vue for $13885 after $5000 in rebates.
  • jruffjruff Posts: 8
    What kind of rebates are those? I've only seen the $2,500 and the $1,000. Are those regional rebates? Are they still available?
  • zaksdad3zaksdad3 Posts: 14
    I am in the final stages of buying a V6 Vue in Houston with side curtains and need you guys and gals help quickly.

    1. Was told my GM credit card points were not accepted but dealer did give me extra $750 against my $1150 potential.

    2. They claimed they knew nothing of the 6 coupons worth $250 each. Noticed in the paper latter that day they are offering up to $1,500 bonus cash that I think is the same. Can someone confirm and is this a regional deal or nationwide?

    3. They offered me $3500 rebate + $750 off sticker with my financing or $1,000 +750 with 0% @60. I assume the $1000 is truckfest is that correct or should I be looking for more rebates?

    4. I may be able to get the GM supplier discount. What would that do for me?

    5. Has anyone purchased or seen the Safe and Sound Package for $880. Saturn website says it is reduced by $360 at this time.

    I need to speak to the dealer Monday to close deal and would really appreciate any advice you can offer.

    Thanks
    Larry
  • winter55winter55 Posts: 11
    1. GM credit card earning is not accept by Saturn. You can save it for future GM purchase

    2. They give you $750 off: that equals to 3 vouchers. Push for 6 vouchers ($1.5 K) That is the maximum voucher a dealer can give out. This is a nationwide, not a regional.

    3. Yes, either one but not both

    4. cannot use GM Supply Discount with the voucher. Must choose either one but not both
  • Can someone please tell me what the heck these flex vouchers are all about. I know about the 1000 truckfest and 0% or your own financing and 2500 (or is it 3500)

    we are most likely going to buy a new VUE tomorrow and with my upside down equity I need all the help I can get!!!!!

    Thanks!
  • bdubbdub Posts: 3
    I want a Vue FWD 3.5L 2004, with
    head curtain side airbags
    17"alloy wheels
    $150 am,fm cd stereo
    leather interior

    I have $3000 cash allowance, and GM employee purchase.

    What is the haggle free price? Thanks
  • Are these vouchers always available for the asking or just at certain times of the year. I'm looking at getting a 2004 VUE within the next month.
  • poxleo1poxleo1 Posts: 1
    I took my '00 LS2 in for transmission work and got talked into considering a '04 VUE which we've been looking at for a few years. We're considering the purchase seriously with my sedan having 90K miles and coming up on a timing belt replacement.

    My hang up is how horribly Saturns depreciate. I know I will always be upside down on a note. I know there are loyal Saturn buyers, is their poor resale value a problem for anyone else?

    Thanks
  • mazzolmazzol Posts: 2
    I would also like to know what the deal is with the vouchers, and if there still is a deal with the vouchers. (I know they can't be combined with the GM discount, but it may work out better, who knows.) I know the $3000 bonus cash is different because the one dealership was trying to give me 2 vouchers ($500) telling me it worked out better than using my GM discount (which according to them was $750). After explaining that it wasn't working out better several times they FINALLY realized what I was talking about... too much frustration from them, so I am dealing with a different dealer now.

    Also, I have heard/found conflicting things about the GM discount and even the 800 number I have to call was useless. They keep telling me that they can't tell me anything and to talk to my dealer and look for GSU pricing (I get the GM Supplier discount). I just want to know what percentage off I should be expecting. I have heard that GSU gets you 1% below invoice, but I have also heard that GSU is equal to GMS (what employees pay?) plus 4.5%. That's fine... but what is the GMS percentage off?? Does anyone know who would be willing to share? Of course, that doesn't seem to agree with the $750 the one dealer was trying to give me... which makes it even more confusing for me.

    I am looking at a V6 AWD with Comfort Package and H/C Air Bags. I would like the MP3 player but none of the existing ones seem to have it without several other options. The only one they found (in a 5 state search) that had it, also had a sunroof and that is the ONLY option I REFUSE to pay for.

    This is my first new car (I can use all the help I can get!!) and I am most likely purchasing next Saturday!

    If anyone is willing to shed some light, I'd appreciate it!!!
    Thanks!
  • mazzolmazzol Posts: 2
    I posted the "vouchers & GSU/GMS pricing... confused" message 2 weeks ago. I bought the Vue on Saturday and it is sah-weet!

    I bought it from a dealership near my parents house in MD and then drove it up to PA yesterday because I am currently in the process of moving to PA. The main reason I bought it from the one in MD (as opposed to going elsewhere in PA) was because they are able to finance it for me through my bank, so I didn't have to get involved in any of the dirty work on the loan processing end.

    The GSU discount, at least for the Saturn is GMS+4.5%, which put me at about 3% below MSRP. Not a whole lot, but something, it took about $770 off. GMS is what employees pay and GSU is what suppliers pay. I saw the dealer invoice, which having the GSU discount allows you to do.

    I don't have the papers in front of me at the moment, but after the discount it came to a little over $24,900. I got the AWD V6, with the comfort package and h/c side air bags, in silver. My interest rate from my bank was 3.69%, so I took the $3000 cash back. I got the rubber floor mats for about $66.

    My buying experience was superb. Since we can say the dealership's name... it was Pohanka Saturn of Bowie, in Bowie, MD. I definitely did not have that much fun at the previous dealership! I was actually EXCITED to write out the check for the down payment, and up until I got there, the thought of writing that check was making me sick, regardless of the fact that I was getting a great car! But it was such a relaxed environment and they explained everything that was going on. I had my parents, sister, and boyfriend with me, so we gave them quite an audience. There was no haggling, but no one was rude about that fact. Granted, I had been talking to the guy on the phone for the past 2 weeks (since I work in PA, just haven't moved permanently yet), he processed my loan, and it was pretty much a given I was walking out of there with that car, but that is not the point. I never gave him a penny until Saturday. They did a 5-state search for the car, brought it to that dealership, and everything with only MY WORD saying I was coming on the 24th. This is compared to the other dealership in PA who wouldn't even look for a car meeting my specs until I gave them $500 and I actually visited that one to discuss and test drive the Vue. Since my parents still live in down there, I might even just get it serviced there when I come down to visit, which I do a lot anyway.

    As for driving it all the way back from MD to PA... the best drive ever!!! Words just cannot describe how smooth and comfortable this ride was, even on PA roads!

    My only "regret" is that I wish had been able to get the advanced audio system or at least the MP3 player. My boyfriend's Oldsmobile has a great sound system with Bose speakers, so compared to that the Vue was lacking. Of course if I didn't have that to compare it to, it sounds fine. But that's ok, a trip to Circuit City or Bryn Mawr stereo will solve that problem in a couple months for about the same price.

    Sorry this is super long, but I really hope this helps someone else out!!
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    A reporter wants to talk with Saturn Vue owners about any suspension problems they have experienced. Please respond to jfallon@edmunds.com asap no later than Thursday, August 5, 2004 with your daytime contact info.

    Thanks,
    Jeannine Fallon
    PR Director
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  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    the vue from my list. I was in Saturn dealer today, we had test drive, the vehicle, in terms of power, is nice. But it is not a hot shot to pay MSRP, so much el-cheapo plastic interior. And the dealership tried to screw us up on our trade-in, big time. They come up with rediculus number. Hmmm!, I pay MSRP and don't get fair price on my trade-in; no, thanks Saturn.
  • johnbjohnb Posts: 32
    I am really surprised that they are asking MSRP for 2004 VUEs. I got mine back in April and paid a few thousand under MSRP after rebates, finance offers, and flex vouchers.

    They did low-ball me on my trade, so I elected to just keep the car (96 SL2) 'cause it is more valuable to me as transportation than for the $1500 they offered me in trade.

    No, I would definitely not pay MSRP in today's depressed new car market.

    In fact, I would think it would be just the opposite for the VUE with the recent press about the suspension. Not that I am worried about my back wheel falling off or anything, but some people will completely write off a manufacturer or model due to bad press without doing their own investigation to see the validity of the press claims.

    If you are still interested in the VUE, I would look to other Saturn dealerships (via email, web or phone if necessary). By this point, you probably have a good idea of what VUE you want and what MSRP appears to be for the combo you desire.

    [Okay, this is getting long :)]

    One last thing. Different dealerships charge different amounts for pin striping, document fees, etc. In my research, I found the lowest doc fees to be $20 and the highest to be just under $200. That is a huge difference for basically the same pieces of paper. Also, pinstriping ranged from $89 to $119 depending on the dealer. Do your homework and check around for the best overall deal. And who knows, a different sales person at your local shop may work out better for you.
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    They had the rebate, but rebate has nothing to do with delaership. They said they ran out of flex vauchers, no GM card matching either ( I know Saturn doesn't accept GM card earnings, but some dealers are giving partial credit to your earnings.)
    So they are making the same amount of profit as selling VUE @ MSRP. Rebate comes from factory.
    Oh well!, I'll focus on Escape/Tribute. I am a Ford guy anyway...:-)
  • I am happy to be able to post that my husband and I just purchased our 2004 VUE Redline on Oct. 5, 2004. After seeing the prices people are posting on here, I'm embarrassed to say how much we got ours for! (Not nearly as low, unfortunately!) However, they did offer me $1600 more for my trade-in than the Chevy dealer (we were considering an Equinox.) It was the last 2004 Redline they had on their lot. Is it true they only made 4,000 of them?

    Our experience at the Saturn dealership was wonderful. We did own a Saturn before, a 1997 can't remember the name: SL-1 or something? Anyhow, that experience was good, we never had problems with the car, but when we had a second child in 1999 and it proved to be too small, we got rid of it. They hadn't yet come out with an SUV, and so we got a different car. We are happy to be back in the Saturn family! No problems as of yet with it, but I am reading on some in this forum, and I'm glad to have found this so I can be prepared for potential problems.
  • Purchased new Saturn Vue AWD with new Honda 6 cyl and every 'extra' accept Onstar and roof rails, In late February 2004. Liked the idea of Honda reliability. Have purchased 7 general Motors vehicles in the last 14 years. We've been miserable since puchasing the Vue. The car has basically been falling down around the Honda engine. (The engine being practically the only thing to function as designed.) The all wheel drive has been a constant source of repairs: stripped out bolts in doors, causing window malfunctions and subsequent repairs. Broken radio/Cd player had to be replaced. I have a file filled with records of said repairs. The Saturn Headquarters will not buy the car back, or swap it. They feel that repeated visits for the same problems are O.K. because I still have a warranty. They would only give me an additional 1 year warranty. Which, if I keep the car, I'm sure I'll need. As yet, Saturn has still not addressed the voluntary recall on the left rear suspension failure identified by NHTSA. The general manager of the dealership admitted "Your car does seem to have quite a few problems." But he would only offer a new 2005 if I came up with several thousand dollars. My wife and I have been incredibly understanding and patient. Probably too much so. It's this sort of treatment, that pushes people to Toyota and Honda. In short, if the Honda engine appeals to you, buy the Honda
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,814
    If you have had the car in the shop for 30 days within the first year, or returned for the same thing 3 times, you may be covered by Lemon Laws. These are the rules for California; your state may vary. If they don't give you satisfaction, see a lawyer and make them buy it back.
  • We just leased a Vue yesterday in B.C., Canada. We were charged a total of C$900 dollars for the above mentioned fees: C$400 as lease fees, C$299 as document fees, and the rest as admin fees we suppose. These fees were added under the title of "Other" on the lease form. Even tho' the form has a blank for "description", they didn't enter the breakdown. The above breakdown was given verbally when we ask the Business Mgr. The fees were also not mentioned to us verbally until the agreement was presented to us to sign.

     

    It's the first time that we lease a car instead of purchasing one. C$900 seems a bit outrageous to us. What do you guys think??
  • You got hosed...sorry. They must explain all the charges to you up front. The DOC fee is a ploy dealerships use to help pay for the business manager. I buy a new car every year & refuse to pay it...never had to. The lease fee was BS too.
  • stukstuk Posts: 2
    We just purchased a silver 2005 Saturn Vue V6 AWD. Our Vue was configured with Safe & Sound and Leather. It's got great power and a comfortable ride. We traded in our 2005 Chevy Equinox LT AWD (we bought in June 04). We couldn't live with the hard uncomfortable leather seats. We found the Vue's leather seats to be much more comfortable (the dealer confirmed Saturn uses a different seat supplier than Chevy). Our dealer gave us a low trade-in offer on our Equinox and wouldn't negotiate off MSRP on the Vue. They said Saturn doesn't negotiate! We were entitled to the GM Supplier Discount but still wasn't satisfied with the cost gap between my trade and the Vue. We told the dealer to forget it. Not more than 20 minutes later, the dealer called and came up with money in the form of more for our trade-in and flex vouchers. In the end we did better without the GM Supplier Discount. Between flex vouchers, more money on the trade and the QVC coupon, we saved over $3000 off MSRP. The 5yr/60000 mile warranty is nice too. The dealer didn't charge us for any dealer add-ons (protective coatings, etc) Every dealer will negotiate especially for end of quarter/year sales.
  • fsvfsv Posts: 196
    flex vouchers, more money on the trade and the QVC - how do I find any of them?
  • sbenyiksbenyik Posts: 1
    The power and the look of the Vue was what I gravitated to first. How come it seems that a lot of people who bought Vues also looked at buying an Equinox? Is it because it is built on the same frame? Did Honda's engine lure us all?
    Well, as probably a few other people can attest, there are a few niggles and minor annoyances with the truck, the fuel mileage is nowhere near where the sticker's and websites put it at, and biggest of all....the transmission seems like its slipping. I bought it new on the last day of September, '04, and whenever the second and third gear upshift comes, I find myself leaning forward.
    This is for those of you that won't buy a Saturn because of their pricing policies...I know they don't haggle on price, but I told the sales guy if he gave me $2500 for my trade in....$1000 more than anyone else - including the chevy dealer, that the deal would be done, and sure enough it was accepted.
    The fact that it was a demo helped too...they threw in the leather. Unfortunately they aren't heated, and we need to use seat covers in the winter...they are soooo cold!!!
    Is anybody finding that the paint is kinda thin? Of my biggest complaints about the truck (besides the fact it gets so dirty so fast - mostly due to the extra wide tires on the RedLine that kick up everything :) ), is the seethrough paintjob. Although I don't have any chips off the hood in six months of driving, I do have missing paint off the driver's door and on the side of the car...right down to the body. Good thing that they're plastic, or the rust would be showing through already. :cry:
  • tricaptricap Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Vue, purchased new, which I loathe. Latest problem: after repairs done thru the recall, the ride is rough, steering wheel visibly vibrates, and car feels shaky. Dealer says they didn't do anything to cause problems, blamed the added air recommended for tires. Then they told me to let some air out of the tires and added, "Of course, they wouldn't be safe then."

    I just got a buy-back letter from the local dealer. Is this just a marketing tool or a way to avoid admitting that this vehicle is a disaster?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,902
    Marketing tool. Let me guess - something about the dealership needs quality used vehicles, and is offering to buy back your Vue? They are, of course, anxious to sell you another vehicle. They may be counting on your dissatisfaction with your current vehicle to get you in, but yeah, it's marketing.

    Please visit our regular Saturn VUE discussion to talk to other owners about problems they may be experiencing. You aren't likely to get that kind of feedback here in the pricing discussion.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,902
    A reporter is hoping to speak with anyone who recently discussed a trade-in at a Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Saab, Hummer, or Cadillac dealership. Please respond to jfallon@edmunds.com by Tuesday, April 26, 2005 with your daytime contact info and any brief comments you care to share about your experience.

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  • natocmdrnatocmdr Posts: 2
    Apr 29, 2005 purchased a Silver VUE 250 hp V6 AWD. ABS, Front & Side Air bags, Cd/Mp3 player, DvD (aftermarket), Side step bar, front bumber guard (wrap around lights), rear light protectors, 5 yr 60k mile BtB warrenty.

    1250 dealer and 1000 Onstar rebates
    Supplier program 2% off Invoice.
    25.6k total financed.
  • hiedihiedi Posts: 1
    Good afternoon all! I've been reading the posts and just have to ask!

    I bought a 2005 Saturn Vue V6 (not AWD) on March 31st of this year, so I have had it about 6 weeks or so. So far, I LOVE IT!

    I traded in my 2001 Chevy Malibu LS (loaded, 45,000 miles) and the Saturn dealer gave me $7900.00 for it! Boy was I surprised, seeing how the Volkswagen dealer said $4900.00 and the Chevy dealer was a measly $5500.00!

    Anyway, I leased the Saturn for $290.00 per month, no money down, 15,000 miles per year for 48 months. The Saturn has V6, power, moonroof, leather, heated seats (comfort package with power) and the Care Plan for 48 months, no deductible... I think that's it. The paperwork said something close to $26,500. According to the lease agreement, I will owe $400.00 at the end of the lease to just turn it in; that's assuming that I don't have excess wear. I can't imagine what excess wear I could get, the Malibu was in mint condition!

    Did I get a deal? The deal is done, so there is no going back now... maybe I can learn something for next time?

    Thanks all!
    Hiedi

    P.S. If anyone was interested, this was in Indianapolis, Indiana. ;)
  • Hi everyone. Please use the following discussion to post any questions that you have about leasing a Saturn VUE. Thanks.

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  • I was told by my salesman that I cannot negoiate the sales price for a Saturn. I am looking at the FWD V6 36 mo lease. They are quoting me $389 for a $24000 MSRP. I can get a Rendezvous for $295/mo $28000MSRP or a Toyota Highlander 4cyl for $290/mo. zero down. I would prefer the Saturn, but the prices are much better with others. Is it true that you cannot negotiate a lower purchase price? They also told me that the salesmen are on a salary, so they dont try to compete on the price.
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