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Old 08-09-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Old 08-09-2008, 01:39 PM   #2
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I love the Sky. Out of all the roadsters available like the Z3, Solstice, etc the Sky really stands out. I want one! 260 hp, that's just on a stock turbo Very nice for stock a production car, regardless.

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Old 08-09-2008, 08:36 PM   #3
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I love the Sky. Out of all the roadsters available like the Z3, Solstice, etc the Sky really stands out. I want one! 260 hp, that's just on a stock turbo Very nice for stock a production car, regardless.
Ya, I'm planning on getting a 2 seater convertible, the SKY Redline is at the top of the list. The mods section on here for the SKY isn't very active, I wonder what the potential of the car is...

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I'm not sure if my sister is in a midlife crisis, but she was determined to buy a SKY over a year before they were released. Saturn was mailing her SKY postcards, and calendars. That sealed the deal.

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Old 08-10-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if my sister is in a midlife crisis, but she was determined to buy a SKY over a year before they were released. Saturn was mailing her SKY postcards, and calendars. That sealed the deal.
Ya, I wanted one ever since I first saw one, about a year before they started production. I pretty much knew I would end out with one, especially once I started seeing a few on the road, and how slick they looked while moving. Then the Redline came out, I wanted THAT one. I wish it was supercharged, though, but oh well. When my girlfriend got her convertible and we started rolling around with the top off, I knew I needed a convertible. Although a removable hard top would have been a cool option.

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I have owned two Saturn Sky's over the past year. I bought a graphite base version and loved it so much I UPG to Black/Onyx Red Line. I turned 50 years of age and it was my birthday present to myself. Since them my life is now complete and I look forward to driving as much as possible in it. I have owned many cars in my life time however the SKY Red Line is by far the most fun, the most entertaining and what a ride.....!

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Old 08-11-2008, 09:18 AM   #7
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...I wish it was supercharged, though, but oh well...
The Sky Red Line is supercharged. A turbo-supercharger. Puts out a peak of 20psi.

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The Sky Red Line is supercharged. A turbo-supercharger. Puts out a peak of 20psi.
Ya, it's turbo-charged, I know. Some turbos have a lag, which is what I don't like. With an engine driven supercharger, you don't ever have lag. From what I've heard, though, there isn't much lag in the SKY. I haven't test driven one yet.

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:36 AM   #9
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Ya, it's turbo-charged, I know. Some turbos have a lag, which is what I don't like. With an engine driven supercharger, you don't ever have lag. From what I've heard, though, there isn't much lag in the SKY. I haven't test driven one yet.
You really SHOULD drive one... my previous experince with turbos was a 2001 Audi TT Quattro Convertible. NOTHING happened below about 3000 RPM! Thankfully it had a 6-speed...

The Sky Redline just pulls & pulls & pulls... feels much more like a high-output V6 than the 2.0 liter 4!

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You really SHOULD drive one... my previous experince with turbos was a 2001 Audi TT Quattro Convertible. NOTHING happened below about 3000 RPM! Thankfully it had a 6-speed...

The Sky Redline just pulls & pulls & pulls... feels much more like a high-output V6 than the 2.0 liter 4!
Nice. I just think that a 22 year old kid coming into a dealership for a test drive of a 260hp sports car would just result in me getting shut down. Haha. Thing is, I have the money for one. My S car is on its last legs (as far as reliability), I need a new DD.

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Old 08-11-2008, 09:40 PM   #11
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I've had my red line for over a year abd I still love to drive it. The turbo is so smooth that you really don't notice any "turbo lag". It's just a real fun car to zip around in and it really shows up in a crowd!

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I've had my red line for over a year abd I still love to drive it. The turbo is so smooth that you really don't notice any "turbo lag". It's just a real fun car to zip around in and it really shows up in a crowd!
Ya. Since my fiance has an 07 Mustang Convertible, Redfire with black top, I need a flashy car, too. Haha. Plus we're moving to San Diego in a few months, so I want a convertible.

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Ya, it's turbo-charged, I know. Some turbos have a lag, which is what I don't like. With an engine driven supercharger, you don't ever have lag. From what I've heard, though, there isn't much lag in the SKY. I haven't test driven one yet.
I get a little bit of lag every now and then. It's mostly like pulling off from a stop sign and I get about three or four feet out and the tires will get a burst of torque and let out a short squeal (actually it's probably more like a chirp since it's no more than half a second). I thought it was my heavy foot or low tires at first but I ruled those out, and it happens occasionally even when im driving like a grandma on her way to church on sunday morning. But when at speed, you dont feel any lag unless you drop the pedal to the floor all of a sudden. And this car gets moving quick enough that I rarely ever have to push the peddle more than half way down.

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Nice. I just think that a 22 year old kid coming into a dealership for a test drive of a 260hp sports car would just result in me getting shut down. Haha. Thing is, I have the money for one. My S car is on its last legs (as far as reliability), I need a new DD.
Hey quicksc2, I was 23 last october when I went in to test drive a sky, so I doubt you'd get shut down. It was a red line too (with the salesman riding shotgun of course, since i'm not 25 yet). I even bought one two weeks later. Only car I needed to drive when looking to replace my SL1.

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Hey quicksc2, I was 23 last october when I went in to test drive a sky, so I doubt you'd get shut down. It was a red line too (with the salesman riding shotgun of course, since i'm not 25 yet). I even bought one two weeks later. Only car I needed to drive when looking to replace my SL1.
Oh okay. I didn't think about having the salesman riding along. I've never had one ride along when I've test driven cars.

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I just turned 30 and Got a 2007 Saturn Sky redline, and man I love it!!! I call it my 1/3 of a life crisis. HAHAHA
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Get the GMPP tune. You'll love it even more. Takes it up to 290hp and 340lb/ft of torque and removes the detune when you do mods like exhaust.

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How much did it cost?

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$550.00 from Crate Engine Depot: http://www.crateenginedepot.com/stor...0-P2292C0.aspx

Plus $160 for my Saturn service dept to install it(can be done by any GM service dept, not just Saturn). Kit consists of two new TMAP sensors, sensor wiring and o-rings. Those are the only "hard" parts to the kit. Once the new sensors are installed, the service dept uses the kit code to download a new flash program from General Motors to the PCM. This kit comes from GM and keeps the factory warranty in place.

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