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Forum: General Saturn Discussion 12-30-2009, 05:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,869
Posted By gary p
Re: GM Plans Pontiac/Saturn Fire Sale

We sold out on the $6500 retail incentive. Based on the tremendous volume of traffic and calls we've had in the last 2 days (despite the fact that we don't have a single new Saturn on our lot or on...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 11-20-2009, 08:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,036
Posted By gary p
Re: GM to close Saturn by 1st Quarter?

What I believe Docherty means is that it looks like Saturn will be nearly sold out of new inventory by the end of the first quarter, at which time GM is likely curtail sales support. By contract,...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 11-07-2009, 11:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,468
Posted By gary p
Re: Saturn Deal Didn't Meet Renault's Return Requirement

Linked article unavailable without a paid subscription :hmpf:
Forum: Astra General 09-30-2009, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,629
Posted By gary p
Re: laptop computer mounts

Ram Mounts does not have an Astra specific solution, but they have a huge selection of components that you might be able to use to piece together something.

http://www.ram-mount.com/
Forum: Astra General 09-11-2009, 03:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 25,585
Posted By gary p
Re: AUX near hand break + part#(INFO NEEDED)

We tried for the better part of an afternoon with a TechII and the Euro wiring harness adapter to get the aux in working. Never found the right combination to make it work.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 09-02-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,312
Posted By gary p
Re: Is this Saturns Next Small Car?

It has the respectable Sentra mechanicals without the dorky Sentra body. What's not to like?
Forum: Astra General 08-17-2009, 12:43 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,752
Posted By gary p
Re: Free Astra Tune

What's the fuel economy of the 5-speed manual if you never use 5th gear? ;).

Hard to say how much of the fuel economy difference is drivetrain loss and how much is gearing when you're comparing...
Forum: Astra General 08-17-2009, 11:00 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,752
Posted By gary p
Re: Free Astra Tune

Another old-school rule-of-thumb that may not be applicable to modern transmissions. Manufacturers have come awfully close to closing the efficiency gap between auto and manual transmissions. Given...
Forum: Astra General 08-15-2009, 12:05 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,752
Posted By gary p
Re: Free Astra Tune

4. Modern FWD transaxle is more efficient than the 15-20% old-rule-of-thumb figure used to estimate drivetrain loss. 10-14% is probably more accurate. That would give you a crank hp # of 140-145 hp...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 06-22-2009, 12:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,173
Posted By gary p
Re: Should Penske Contract with AFS Trinity to Electrify the Saturn Vue?

Its one thing to deliver a prototype. Its quite another to mass-produce at a market-friendly price with o.e.-levels of durability.
Forum: Astra General 06-20-2009, 01:00 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,623
Posted By gary p
Re: STSturbo.com: remote(rear) mount turbo system - give them a call

You are giving out VERY poor advice. Once you turbo charge a normally aspirated car, you might as well kiss your entire powertrain warranty goodbye. Its even true if you alter the boost on a car...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 06-17-2009, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,075
Posted By gary p
Re: Penske and Saturn

Think about it this way. GM has already invested in development and tooling for the 3 models in question. They are predicting a slow climb in overall sales in the US over the next few years so they...
Forum: Aura General 06-05-2009, 01:50 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,913
Posted By gary p
Re: 2009 Aura - less quiet?

OMG, this has to be one of the worst threads I've ever read. Never in my life have I seen so much of a mountain made out of so little an ant hill. And all the people worried about whether they got...
Forum: Astra General 06-02-2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,269
Posted By gary p
Re: My Saturn Dealer Closed

As of 9/8/2008 any GM dealer (except Saab) CAN get reimbursed over their WINS system for warranty work done to Saturns. Most just don't know it. GM sent out a couple memos that, in most stores,...
Forum: Astra General 06-02-2009, 03:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,716
Posted By gary p
Re: Magna will build Opel cars in Canada

All that article says is that it wasn't the Treasury that demanded it, it was GM. I'm guessing it has everything to do with the fact that several upcoming Buick products are Opel clones. So sad, a...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 06-01-2009, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 412
Posted By gary p
Re: Another view on why American automakers fail

That was an excellent read, thanks for the link. Sometimes I find PJ O'Rourke's attempts at humor childish, but he's pretty well on-point here.
Forum: Astra General 06-01-2009, 10:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,576
Posted By gary p
Re: Affordable Saturn Subcompact Deserves a Better Fate

One contributor on another auto forum I frequent calls it the "Joker face," as in the Joker from the Batman series. That cracked me up!

What a shame, really, given how attractive the previous 3...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-26-2009, 04:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,399
Posted By gary p
Re: What Would Penske Do if He Bought Saturn?

QFT. Its a two-way street. For every traditionalist who would scoff at a foreign-built Nissan based Saturn, there's a loyal import owner who might finally put Saturn on his shopping list. I lived...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-26-2009, 02:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,399
Posted By gary p
Re: What Would Penske Do if He Bought Saturn?

The Renault Samsung SM3, SM5, SM7, and QM5 are reskinned Nissan Versa, Altima, Maxima, and Rogue, respectively. EPA certified engines already exist and the heavy-lifting for US crash certification...
Forum: Astra General 05-18-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,581
Posted By gary p
Re: Repalce CD30 MP3 with CD40?

Did the swap (both radio and screen) today, it works fine. Thanks.
Forum: Astra General 05-16-2009, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,581
Posted By gary p
Repalce CD30 MP3 with CD40?

Has anyone upgraded their CD30 MP3 stereo head unit to a CD40? We have a customer who had his Astra totaled in a flood. Likes an Astra that we have on our lot except it has a CD30 MP3 and he had a...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-15-2009, 06:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 669
Posted By gary p
Re: dual mode hybrids for Vue and Aura

There weren't any plans for a 2-mode Aura. As for the 2-mode VUE, GM reimbursed our store this week for the mandatory 2-mode training our service technicians had already taken. In otherwords, its...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-13-2009, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By gary p
Re: Why Ch#11?? Slate article...

Why Chapter 11?

Because its the only way they can cut 2600 dealers without spending 20 billion dollars and/or the better part of the next decade in court in all 50 states defending themselves...
Forum: Astra General 05-13-2009, 09:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,370
Posted By gary p
Re: New Opel Astra revealed

My dog's behind has the new 3 beat in looks which is sad because the old one looked pretty good, especially as a sedan.
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 05-04-2009, 09:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,269
Posted By gary p
Re: Roger Penske Interested in Acquiring Saturn

Penske still would have to get product from somewhere.
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