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Saturn Aura Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • You should have asked for the Saturn Aura $1000 instant cash rebate instead. It is $1000 west coast. I think east coast and central area discounts are $1500 right now. Go to Saturn web site and look at specials.
  • ugadoggugadogg Posts: 4

    I received a lease quote for a 2007 XR (Premium, Convenience, XM, Floor Mats) and could use some opinions. Here are the numbers:

    MSRP: $27,319
    Cash Back/Cap Cost Reduction: $750
    Residual (56%): $15298.64
    36 Months
    15K miles/year
    Money factor: 2.75 (6.6%?)
    $0 Down Payment
    $0 Termination Fee
    Monthly Payment w/tax: $410
    $1175 due at signing (1st month, license fee, dealer doc fee)

    Any thoughts? It doesn't seem like too bad of a deal, but I wouldn't mind a 2nd opinion.

  • topgun7topgun7 Posts: 409
    No, it is not bad for an Aura. However you can probably get an accord EXL-V6 for 320-330 a months (including tax of 8.25%) for 36 months also with minimal drive off.. So it depend if you like Aura 33% more than an Accord... You can go check out the Accord lease/price paid thread...
  • phaetondriverphaetondriver Posts: 175
    If you were comparing Aura to Accord at the 320-330 price range you would have to match car for car which would be the Aura XE instead of XR. That would be a fairer match.
    Compare the XR to the Camry, Avalon, or Lexus 330 and see what the lease costs are.
  • jm40jm40 Posts: 6
    i went yesterday (sat may 19) to the saturn dealer in SoCal, just to look at the Aura XR. i'm gonna get a new car soon and after many months of trying to decide "what do i want?"

    i drove the Aura XR and i'll say, pretty tight ride. Saturn has something to be proud of. it felt great everything about the drive was excellent. especially, i liked the center dash layout--the way the stereo and ac controls look. the tap-shifting is nice feature too,,(i'd probably never use it, though).
    my opinion:

    pros- looks awesome, plenty of room, center dash layout, 19"rims, plenty of power, handles great, xm stereo great sound, just a darn nice ride.

    cons- MPG, the plastic 'wood color' trim looked real cheap--the brushed metal color trim looked much better, yeah,, really the only 'serious' downer was the MPG.

    i probably should have driven the green line version,, but i didn;t. i figured that it would be too underpowered so i did'nt even drive it. really my choice is between a sweet,loaded Aura or the base hybrid escape. totally different vehicles but mentally--competing priorities

    i may still buy the Aura, but at a different dealer.
  • phaetondriverphaetondriver Posts: 175
    IF you want an economy sedan with a little power try the Saturn XE. If you want a fun, quick (0-60 in 5.9) then you have to sacrifice some mileage and get the XR. The 6 speed in the XR can help on the MPG if you use the manual mode and short shift (use low RPM shifts) in city driving.
    Trade offs trade offs, it's all about trade offs. My XR Gives me 19 MPG in the city, but I have fun when I drive. There are a few BMW and lexus drivers in Palm Springs that don't like seeing my XR next to them any more. ;)
  • texvettetexvette Posts: 12
    :) Purchased Aura XR ... MSRP $25,152.... received $1500 incentive from dealer and further $600 off of MSRP..... since the GM incentive ended July 9, the $1500 incentive was a discount.. so paid a little under invoice..... much better that I expected, that is why I bought it! alos gave me $5,000 trade on a 2003 Cavalier... a little higher than book for the condition it was in.....
  • noles200noles200 Posts: 30
    Where are you located? I'm in NJ and it seems they don't want to do anything of the sort. I'll wait until July 30th. Maybe they'll really need to sell a car to get to their goal for the month.

    It's odd too 'cause I've gone on the dealer websites for the past 3 weeks and the same exact midnight blue car that I want ($27,319) is there, not to mention that every time I've gone to the site over the past week they still have 128 Aura's. I guess they didn't sell one car over the past week. I wish they'd offer something! I'll go to them with my price on the 30th and see if they take it.
  • auraownerauraowner Posts: 7
    Great buying experience at Saturn West 78 in Oceanside, CA. I bought the basic XR on 6/16 with cloth seats plus floor mats for $23,845. That was with $2,250 in incentives.
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  • I located a used XE w/only 4400 mi on it at an independent lot (used to be a rental) for $16,600. My wife used to drive a '98 SW1 and now has an '04 Vue and the Aura is in a completely different league. Perhaps that is damning with faint praise but there's a feeling of heft in the way it drives and the interior doesn't feel nearly as cheap as Saturns past.
  • I am contemplating which car to lease for 24 months. I have no experience with Saturn cars. I owned an 00 and 04 Camry, LE 4 bangers both of which never had a single problem. I am driving about 20K miles year freeway/city outside sales between covering all S.Cal area. The company is paying for the lease. I see that GM/Saturn has special lease rates but nothing on the Camry. Here's a copy of 24mth lease offer on the Saturn site for the 07 XR:

    2007 AURA XR - Lease

    $286.00 per month 24 month lease
    $1,995 due at lease signing for qualified leasees
    No security deposit required.
    Tax, title, license and retailer fees are extra.
    For qualified lessees.

    Lease payments based on specially equipped 2007 AURA XR with MSRP of $24,995, a capitalized cost of $23,131 and a residual value of $17,746. 24 monthly payments total $6,864.00. Option to purchase at the lease end for amount to be determined at lease signing. GMAC must approve lease. Take delivery by 09/04/2007. Mileage charge of $.20 per mile over 24,000 miles. Lessee pays for maintenance, repair and excess wear. Payments may be higher in some states. Residency restrictions apply. Not available with other offers.

    I can buy miles @ 0.15 each in advance plus tax. MSRP is most likely going to be closer to 25,995 or so. Not sure what money factor is on this lease offer. Anyone know? I read lots of negative buyers ratings on the 07 Camry (IE engine stutter mainly and other issues) My only worry is the Aura has no cabin filtration and the Camry does. Driving in LA smog everyday is not all that healthy without the cabin filter.

    Your comments/suggestions are appreciated! :)
  • noles200noles200 Posts: 30
    Looks like I'm into an Aura XR with an MSRP of $25,719 and a sell price of $22,100 with discounts, etc. Excited about the trade price of $13,100 for an Accord EX-L too as it really cuts down on taxes (KBB had it at $12.4 in good condition - which it is). I think it's a good deal.

    I looked at the order guides for both the new 2008 Malibu and 2007 Aura and not much differnce. The 'Bu LTZ has leather and a couple more bells and whistles that I didn't feel I needed (and will probably be priced like an Aura XR loaded at about $27 to 28K). The 'Bu 2LT didn't have 18" rims and some other extras that the Aura XR has so I'm diving in. This will be my first GM car (always been a Toyota, Honda, Mazda family) so I hope it goes well.
  • lulilululilu Posts: 2
    Hi, guys,

    I got the offer from a Saturn dealer for leasing a 2007 XE. The car is with preferred package which has power seats, audio controls, and heated outside mirrors. MSRP is $21319. Downpay: $1995
    residual: 69%
    interest rate: 3.5%
    cash back: $1250
    term: 24 month
    milage: 12k/year
    the monthly payment ends up to $277.94 (including tax).

    They told me the cash back incentive ends today. I am not sure whether it is a fairly good deal. Needs your opinion. Please input. Thanks

    By the way, I am in central NJ.
  • What dealer in central Jersey? I just bought in NJ too. If you want to contact me get me post your email address. Don't believe for a minute Saturn won't deal. I don't know how they are coming up with that payment based on the numbers you have above. I'm getting about $204 (before gap and tax of course but that doesn't equal $73 per month!) Something isn't adding up there. Also, I got $1,500 cash back, not $1,250. That cash back deal ends Sept 4th so you have until Monday. Of course, they'll end up with another deal in September (they still need to get rid of the '07's so you may get $2K in Sept. Saturn also needs to sell cars as they are slightly below projected sales for the Aura for the first year.

    BTW, why 24 months and not 36?
  • noles200, thank you for your response. The dealer is Saturn of Brunswick, a DCH company. The price for 39 months that they offered is 269 (also with 1995 down pay). There is some uncertainty in my life in two years so I want to go with a 24 month term. Could you pls send the dealer and agent information and the numbers you got to me at Thanks in advance. By the way, I am in Princeton.
  • toybenztoybenz Posts: 10
    I just wanted to say that I have had a VERY positive experience with Saturn of Fairfax, VA. Not only do I love my '07 Aura XE (my first domestic vehicle in 20 years), but the entire buying process was a pleasure. No hassle and high trade-in were plusses. I had owned 4 Honda products and 1 Toyota product previously, and was leaning toward a new Accord. However, I was not happy with the sales practices of the Honda dealers I recently visited in Northern VA. Saturn was a pleasant surprise. I do consider myself a foreign-car junkie, but if you are in the market for a mid-size sedan, you owe it to yourself to at least look at the AURA. (BTW, besides Accord 4 and v6, I looked at Fusion v6, G6v6, Malibuv6, Jetta, Camry SE (4 and V6), and Mazda 6 (4 and v6).
  • chronochrono Posts: 149
    I also wanted to express my very positive sales experience with Saturn of South County in Saint Louis. I've owned several Honda's and a bmw in the past and Saturn has been the best buying experience ever. Blaine, my internet salesman was working with me over one month to get me this deal. He was no pressure yet responded to all of my questions promptly. He informed me on the current incentives and gave me a heads up to the extra 1k cash back that started a week ago. I could not trade my car in since the prices were too low so he helped me sell my car on Craigslist giving me tips to attract buyers (and it worked). I purchased a brand new 07 Ocean Mist XR for 21K after the 3500 in rebates. I feel like I stole the car at this price. I just want to say Saturn is truly a different car company and they have me for a long while!
  • drwilscdrwilsc Posts: 140
    Too bad about the Cards. Oh well, at least my Tribe is in the playoffs.

    The Saturn experience does go beyond buying the car. The service centers at the dealers are just as friendly and customer-oriented. I had positive experiences with my old Saturns in the 90's with Saturn service departments, and that was a major factor in making me choose Saturn again.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,628
    Ask your Aura lease questions here!

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