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Old 04-18-2006, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Saturn Vue Green Line: hybrid for tightwads

I wasn't sure which forum to put this in but I thought here would be a good place to start.

I just found this article about the VUE Green Line at CNN/Money:

http://money.cnn.com/2006/04/17/Auto...line/index.htm

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Old 04-21-2006, 01:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Saturn Vue Green Line: hybrid for tightwads

Good article. I hope this sells well so GM makes more hybrids. I'm also getting really tired of all the snobby Prius drivers out here in the Bay Area!

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Old 05-16-2006, 09:33 AM   #3
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Default Re: Saturn Vue Green Line: hybrid for tightwads

I'm looking forward to the Green Line. Thinking about trading in '05 VUE FWD one.

Think about it:

Gas mileage almost as good as the Escape Hybrid but, the AC stays on! In SE NC you need AC in the summer... Especially when sitting in traffic. I look over at the Prius drivers sweating at the red lights. I want to save gas and money.... But I don't want to die of heat stroke, either!

Smaller battery les weight. Battery doesn't drive wheels so fewer mechanical/electrical problems. Horsepower of a V6 with a 4 cyl!

One complaint I have read is that the VUE Green Line will not be AWD ike the Escape. I didn't think enviromentalists went off road. Oh, right. They use their Jeep Wranglers for that!

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Old 05-16-2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: Saturn Vue Green Line: hybrid for tightwads

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I'm looking forward to the Green Line. Thinking about trading in '05 VUE FWD one.

Think about it:

Gas mileage almost as good as the Escape Hybrid but, the AC stays on! In SE NC you need AC in the summer... Especially when sitting in traffic. I look over at the Prius drivers sweating at the red lights. I want to save gas and money.... But I don't want to die of heat stroke, either!

Smaller battery les weight. Battery doesn't drive wheels so fewer mechanical/electrical problems. Horsepower of a V6 with a 4 cyl!

One complaint I have read is that the VUE Green Line will not be AWD ike the Escape. I didn't think enviromentalists went off road. Oh, right. They use their Jeep Wranglers for that!
My concerns:
Horsepower of a V6 with a 4 cyl?.....don't think so.
What about the polymer panels....... are they discontinuing them?
Will not have spare tire since the batteries will take the space.
First edition blues?

All the rest ok.

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Old 05-16-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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My concerns:
Horsepower of a V6 with a 4 cyl?.....don't think so.
What about the polymer panels....... are they discontinuing them?
Will not have spare tire since the batteries will take the space.
First edition blues?

All the rest ok.
Sounds like the polymer panels will be discontinued for the next generation Vue. I'm pretty sure the Green Line will be introduced with polymer panels.

The battery pack looks like it fits behind the rear seat and should leave enough room for the compact spare tire in its original location. See pic.

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Old 05-16-2006, 12:38 PM   #6
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Sounds like the polymer panels will be discontinued for the next generation Vue. I'm pretty sure the Green Line will be introduced with polymer panels.

The battery pack looks like it fits behind the rear seat and should leave enough room for the compact spare tire in its original location. See pic.
There's no spare in the green line vue. It has a compressor and a can of tire inflator (probably to cut weight - There did seem to be enough room for a spare). I saw it at the NAIAS in Detroit. If you search the past threads here, someone posted a picture showing the area under the floor in the back of the Green Line. It was probably back in January.

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Old 05-16-2006, 01:01 PM   #7
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Wow, that's odd. I was looking for a picture but couldn't find one.

I have managed to get through 3 flats I have had by using a plug kit and cigarette lighter compressor, never taking taking the wheel of the vehicle. But it is nice knowing I've got a spare in case a tire shreds.

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Old 05-16-2006, 02:29 PM   #8
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The lack of a spare takes the hybrid Vue off my shopping list, also. I've had more than one occasion where a compressor and can of sealant would not do the job. Examples: hit curb with sharp edge - rip hole in tire, hit pothole, bend rim - lose all the air, shread tire following loss of air at speed. All of these things have happened to me. Granted, not frequently but I want some sort of spare I can bolt on and be on my way. What do you do when you lose a wheel at night and no stores are open, especially on a trip?

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Old 05-16-2006, 02:36 PM   #9
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Default Re: Saturn Vue Green Line: hybrid for tightwads

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What do you do when you lose a wheel at night and no stores are open, especially on a trip?
Personally, I would call AAA.

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Old 05-16-2006, 03:11 PM   #10
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There's no spare in the green line vue. It has a compressor and a can of tire inflator (probably to cut weight - There did seem to be enough room for a spare). I saw it at the NAIAS in Detroit. If you search the past threads here, someone posted a picture showing the area under the floor in the back of the Green Line. It was probably back in January.
I asked about this at the DC auto show and was told that the Green Line did have a spare. The person I talked to wouldn't show it to me though

As others have said, if it's got a flat it's time to call AAA.

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Old 05-16-2006, 04:16 PM   #11
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Or OnStar, right? They'll do the same thing?

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Old 05-16-2006, 07:05 PM   #12
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Wow, that's odd. I was looking for a picture but couldn't find one.

I have managed to get through 3 flats I have had by using a plug kit and cigarette lighter compressor, never taking taking the wheel of the vehicle. But it is nice knowing I've got a spare in case a tire shreds.
Go to the other post.......
Thoughts on the upcoming Green Line Vue?

and look for my reply with all links, that will give you full information about the vehicle, and technology.

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Here is the only picture I was able to find. It's from a yahoo album in a previous post. It doesn't really prove there is no spare, but if you are familiar with the spare area of the Vue, the battery would intrude slightly into the space needed for the spare. When I saw it, there was a lot of space in there where the spare would be and a compressor in the center of the where the spare would normally be. There was nothing in the jack compartment. I saw the Green Line at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

It seemed like the engineers could have done a better job of making the area useable as trunk space, but maybe the battery needs the open area for cooling purposes.
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Old 05-17-2006, 10:33 PM   #14
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Found THIS picture. Tito and his sound system install.
With the fan and extra box attached to the battery case as shown, it looks like it wouldn't fit. Re-position those two items and it looks like the spare would just make it....

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