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Old 04-11-2006, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default How long will the Relay be around?

Somewhere I got the impression that the Outlook will replace the Relay. How long will the Relay be around? Will there be an 07 model year?
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Old 04-11-2006, 01:20 PM   #2
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I think they should cancel it immediately.
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:50 PM   #3
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They shouldn't cancel it immediately. There WILL be a 2007 model. Whether or not Saturn gets a Lambda-based Relay at the end of the decade is currently up in the air, I think.
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:32 AM   #4
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I love my Relay....I hope they keep it around for a LOOOONG time.
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Old 04-15-2006, 07:04 PM   #5
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i dont know why in the hell they would get rid of the relay.... didnt they just bring it out like what last year.. or was it this year. If they did get rid of it then they are really stupid and impulsive or something.... like me lol.. well the impulsive part anyway.
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Old 04-16-2006, 01:21 AM   #6
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Maybe they just wanted to have the Relay long enough to equip all the Saturn dealerships with a Saturn-brand shuttle van?
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Old 04-17-2006, 03:20 PM   #7
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it has already been around tooo freaking long...its a POS
It is my understanding that it will only be here through 2006 maybe 07 not sure
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Old 04-17-2006, 04:51 PM   #8
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Why do you think it's a POS?

If you think that it's gone after 2006 you haven't been paying attention.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:35 PM   #9
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If they hadn't cancelled the Montana for '07 (as I have heard) then I would have guessed the Relay would have gotten the axe. I don't know why Pontiac ever had a mini-van anyway. The excitement division putting their name on the least exciting segment of vehicle. Not that I haven't ever driven one. My dad has had 2 already, and his 3rd will arrive any day now. But with the deminse of the Montana, I think the Relay might stick around as GM 3rd option for a mini-van. (My dad was going to order the Relay, but the packaging was too expensive compared to the Montana, and it's a company car, so he didn't have much choice. So much for our 4 driver, 4 Saturn family)
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:49 PM   #10
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They shouldn't cancel it immediately. There WILL be a 2007 model. Whether or not Saturn gets a Lambda-based Relay at the end of the decade is currently up in the air, I think.
GMC and Chevy will receive Lambda minivans in '08/'09. Pontiac will not have a minivan for the MY '07. I believe that '07 will be the last model year for the Relay, if not the '08 will def. be for sure.

I think GM will have the Relay stick around until MY '08 mainly because Saturn can use any sales they get because they will be without the ION for around 8 months.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:08 PM   #11
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Default Re: How long will the Relay be around?

While the U-Body GM minivan has been around for what seems like an eternity, Relay was introduced in fall 2004 as a 2005 model. All indications are that there will be a 2007 model and abbreviated 2008 model year run for Relay before GM officially ceases operations at the Doraville plant.

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Old 04-28-2006, 09:49 AM   #12
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I spent some time with my salesman yesterday while my Vue was getting a bad radio checked out. He told me that the 07's are very likely the last Relays. He claims the Outlook is gonna blow it out of the water and nobody will want a Relay anymore.
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I wouldn't be surprised to see MY'07 be the last for the Relay. If not all of the CSVs will end after '08 as the plant that builds them is closing then.
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Old 06-16-2006, 11:17 AM   #14
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I spent some time with my salesman yesterday while my Vue was getting a bad radio checked out. He told me that the 07's are very likely the last Relays. He claims the Outlook is gonna blow it out of the water and nobody will want a Relay anymore.
I would agree with him. There's no concrete information about the future of the Relay anywhere... but Buick and Pontiac have cancelled theirs, leaving only Chevy and Saturn with them.

GMC and some other brand (Chevy?) along with Saturn are getting Outlook-based cars this year so it seems plausible that Relay is on the outs.

As far as I know, only the Chevy version is selling in any numbers to speak of, and the numbers are still disappointing.

Funny, they don't sell well, but the few customers I have who drive them love them to death. The car has had its share of issues, but I think with some refinements (better fold-away & removable seats, take out mandatory DVD & lower price, put in the better GM 3.5 & 3.6 engines, better interior cloth, ditch the modular storage rails, allow sunroof) it would be a great van.

They ought to change it and keep it as a more "VAN-ny" alternative to the crossover "SUV-ish" Outlook.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:30 AM   #15
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It is great that they brought in the Outlook, however it is NOT a minivan. One of the reasons we purchased the Relay was that it had sliding doors. To those who don't like minivans this obviously is not an issue. To those who need those to drop of kids and park in tight places this is essential.

Too bad if they do drop all the minivan developments for Saturn. Their customer service has been excellent for both of our vehicles.
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:39 AM   #16
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I spent some time with my salesman yesterday while my Vue was getting a bad radio checked out. He told me that the 07's are very likely the last Relays. He claims the Outlook is gonna blow it out of the water and nobody will want a Relay anymore.
Nobody wants a Relay now. They sell what, 500 a month, total? Stupid, stupid idea.
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:43 AM   #17
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Just out of curiousity what exactly is wrong with all these "cousin" vans (the chevy, pontiac, saturn and buick ones that makes them so bad? I have seen some people around with them. Is it just the design b/c if thats it then thats not a good reason to not want a minivan. Does it have some mechanical flaws too?
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Just out of curiousity what exactly is wrong with all these "cousin" vans (the chevy, pontiac, saturn and buick ones that makes them so bad? I have seen some people around with them. Is it just the design b/c if thats it then thats not a good reason to not want a minivan. Does it have some mechanical flaws too?
They just aren't up to snuff with the competition in the segment. The Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota offerings out class them in fetures, and refinement, etc. They do have perhaps more than their fair share of mechanical flaws, but they are highlighted more becuase of the lack of content. The negatives seem to outweigh the positives, but perspective has a lot to do with it. My dad has driven nothing but the GM mini-vans for the last 11 years. He is now on 5th. (they are company vehicles, and he gets a new one every 3 years or 100,000kms which ever comes first) He likes them just fine. But to be honest the biggest reason he drives the GM over a Chrysler is GM is his #1 customer. Ford is #2, and he'd never be caught dead in a *whatchamacallit*star, (even though he doesn't pay for the vehicle himself) and he has no dealings with Chrysler. Driving an import would be financial suicide.
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We looked at the Relay when it first came out as my wife has a 99 Grand Caravan ES and I would like to get her a newer van. We liked it. However, we decided that her Caravan has more features, more plushness and, its paid for.

My observations on why the Relay isn't selling are:

1. It is the first non-polymer Saturn and that turns off the die hard Saturn fans.

2. The reported flickering lights and falling off trim problems have turned most everyone else off.

3. Honda, Toyota, DC and even Kia/Hyundai offer more features, better quality at a comparable price.

I actually like small vans. I don't like the bad gas mileage that full size vans get. I would consider a Mazda 5, Honda Element, Scion xB or even a 4cyl Dodge Caravan as a possible next vehicle.
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In addition, mikec, it's because GM's minivan sales have only really ever been a tenth of the total minivan market, and throw in the fact that Saturn has never competed in this segment and doesn't heavily advertise it...and there you go.
Skip the I4 Caravan, BTW--it's mileage benefits are too small to try and overcome the smaller amount of power next to the 3.3 V6.
It seems that Chrysler is leaving the short wheelbase van market, however, with the next model. Kia is moving in right behind them with a short wheelbase Sedona, though.
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