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Old 12-27-2003, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default Buying 2004 VUE V6 FWD

Im about to buy a 04 FWD V6 in the next few days, pending dealer availability for a silver one with leather, sunroof, and side airbags.

My question is, will the Honda powered VUE's hold their resale better than the GM-motored ones? I see resales of 2003 AWD V6's go for $8-12k off their new price.

Are the side curtains included in the back seat as well, or is it just for the front passenger?

Test drove a green 04 VUE FWD V6 the other night, it was smoooooooooth! Was impressed with the gauges and general feel of the car. Of course, didn't smash the pedal to the metal.....yet!

Any of you have luck haggling with the dealer on price? Or are they pretty stuck on MSRP, given the relatively high demand for 3.5 powered VUES (I'm told only 25,000 V6 engines this year, may run out by next spring).

Any idea?

Thanks!

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Old 12-27-2003, 07:47 AM   #2
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The graphics on the Sature web site show that the airbags cover the front an rear seat.

In my opinion, I think it's too early to judge how well the '04 VUE will maintain it's value, and there are enough changes in cosmetics and features between the '03 & the '04 to be able to use the '03 as a comparison.

As for haggling... I am relatively new to the Saturn buying experience, but it is my understanding that 'no-haggle pricing' has always been a mainstay of Saturn's marketing.

Good luck with your VUE (and don't be smashing the pedal until after the 500 mile break in )

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Old 12-27-2003, 08:15 AM   #3
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First off, with incentive mania in the auto industry, and a less than booming economy, the used car market is lower than it's been in a long time, and every vehicle out there depreciates significantly in it's first year. The 2003 Vue depreciated less than competitors like the Escape or Tribute, although did not hold it's value as well as the CRV. The 2003 Vue has lower cost of ownership than the Pilot, which as the same drivetrain as the 2004 V6 Vue.

That said, I don't think that the Honda engine is going to have a significant effect on resale value. Saturn (never known for brilliant marketing) decided not to acknowledge the use of a Honda sourced engine. I do believe that the 2004 will have better reliability data than non-Honda powered Vues, and that will have a slight positive effect. Mostly, I think there will be a small number of people who realize that the engine is sourced from Honda, and will seek out these models on the used market.

IMHO, the 2004 V6 Vue will be such a good and reliable car, that none of us will be tempted to trade it in before we drive the wheels off of it!

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Old 12-27-2003, 10:18 AM   #4
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Saturn's typically don't hold their value no matter what's under the hood. I was shocked to see my VUE at 6 months old and just 7000 miles on it lost almost half it's value when I looked at the trade in. I usually keep cars a long time but only looked at this option because of the VTI issues. Now I have no choice but to keep it. Maybe something for you to consider before you buy.

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Old 12-28-2003, 04:26 PM   #5
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Post Take a serious look at the resale value

I would suggest that you look at comparable vehicles and then compare the resale value of the last few years for each model.

I was shocked to compare the L-Series to an Accord.

I priced the Accord for approximately the same price not including any discount by a Honda dealer.

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