Editor's Notebook: 2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door

Read Automobile magazine's David Yochum's comments on driving the 2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door: I've heard all the warnings about the Astra's European interior labels, the weird center door-unlock button, and the extremely weak engine. But you know what? It also comes with its own cachet.

Stepping into the two-door Astra feels like an entirely new GM experience (which it is). Forget Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac/Toyota Vibes, everything you touch is of solid, German build quality. Push and pull the door handle - nothing moves. Press on the center stack - not a sound. I ran this thing through potholes all weekend and not a single peep of a rattle. Yes, the controls can take some getting used to, but I actually appreciated having to learn something different in a car. It keeps you fresh, and gives you a different perspective.

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This may be old news for country music fans, but it's new news to me: Brad Paisley included a reference to an unnamed Saturn in the song "She's Everything" on his 2005 album entitled "Time Well Wasted." How cool is that? It's not often any car, especially Saturn, is mentioned in a song whether it be from the pop, rock, hip-hop, or country music genre. Read the song lyrics to see his specific reference to Saturn, and then click here to watch the song's music video.