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If I have to, which color do you think

RED


Or Black


There is also a white one - - - - - - - - - - She looks good with the red one


Remember its got to look good sitting next to this pretty thing
 

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Only one answer......You gotta go with the red!!!! :D
 

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Hmmmmmm. If we are voting. The reds will clash. The black is pretty, But the contrast of the black top on the white is beautiful.

I vote White.
 

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Ceejh,

Old Buddy, Methimsk you should ask the Wife!

All your Corona friends have done for you up to this point, is ummmm well you know...>LOL

Will your Corona Wagon fit behind that thing?

Bulldog
 

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If storage space is any kind of issue the Gold Wing wins! I am not kidding my Wing will hold more than the Saturn.
 

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I agree - the red will clash - go with the white one. How come you get to pick a new Saturn? Are you really considering the Miata? At my age, I couldn't get in or out of either one of them.

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Another vote for the red one here. Miatas ride like crap. You feel every rock in the road. Also, get the turbo Solstice. Bad to the bone. Makes it perform like it looks.
 

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The color red was made for roadsters.

shadow1060 wrote:
Miatas ride like crap. You feel every rock in the road.
You are supposed to feel every rock in the road in a true roadster. Roadsters should have a very stiff suspension and corner like a go cart.
 

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Either the red or the pearl white Solstice gets MY vote!

I first saw one of those a few weeks ago in a parking lot and dang near wrenched my neck trying to look at it as I drove by. Heh, I actually parked near it just so I could walk over and check it out!
 

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C'mon. Easy choice. Little red cars rock.



The Miata is technically superior but the Pontiac has more character. Sorry, Miata fans.
New model complete with designed-in GM flaws; it will breed a fellowship of drivers, a community similar to our GL1800 community.
Neat car but I can't fit in it. Or the Miata either... :cry:
 

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My wife had a z3 for a few years. She loved the car but the storage space wore her out, and it had tons compared to the Saturn. Women carry alot of stuff. Now she has an X3. Boring!
 

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Go with the red. Black is a B$$$h to keep clean.

The Solstice is a nice little car as long as you get the new higher horsepower version. The original one was very anemic and boring to drive. That was the one universal compaint about the car.

Hard to find anything bad about the Miata. With all the poorly built roadsters there have been over the years, this is the first one that had any kind of reliability, and it is a bargain. The aftermarket parts support is phenomenal. The only problems with it are fitting in it and storage. The Wing has more storage than a Miata. I friend of mine is a Miata nut and I can only drive it if the top is down. Same with the S2000. I would love to have one of those, but I can't fit in it. (and they are too expensive.)

Good luck with the Solstice. Cool car!
 

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It is a beautiful sight — beautiful enough to steal customers away from Mazda MX-5 Miatas and Honda S2000s. But as hours in the Sky turn to days, beauty again fades into questions. Why is this ride so rough? Why is the shifter dancing like a novelty Coke can? What is that rattle? Where can I put...anything?

She has an ugly side
When you first jump in and turn the key — no doubt still smitten with its looks — the Sky seems to be just fine. It makes a grumbling exhaust note. It's rear-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC inline-4 revs pretty high and pushes pretty quick. Above all, everyone seems to be looking at you, which makes up for a lot in Southern California.

It makes it through the standard commuter slog with ease. With 177 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 166 pound-feet of torque at 4800, power really isn't a problem as long as you're comfy driving in the noisy 5000-and-above rpm range. At the track, it went zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds — equal to the Miata Sport's numbers despite 400 more pounds, with a curb weight of 2933 pounds.

While not a comfort cruiser — it's hard to hear the stereo over the engine at highway speeds — the Sky's suspension is a bit more refined than its Pontiac Solstice sibling, as Saturn had a few more months to tweak it after the Pontiac version debuted. It's still the same independent front and back design, but rejiggered to allow more movement before the shocks kick in. The result is a somewhat softer ride in highway conditions, while maintaining composure in light curves.

Push the Sky toward its limits, however, and it starts to show some weaknesses. This first comes through in the transmission, where our 5-speed manual (there is an optional 5-speed automatic available) stifles performance-minded desires with tricky gates, syrupy acceleration and a shifter that bobs and weaves like a prizefighter.

And if you do happen to catch a perfect shift, 2nd gear reveals itself as somewhat short and 3rd quite tall, hampering canyon-country fun in the territory between 30 and 40 mph — the kind of thing roadsters are made for.

GM apparently tinkered with a few other things in the suspension that it didn't disclose. Our tester surprisingly rubbed its rear wheels on the fender liners during launch at the track — a major engineering failure. Senior Road Test Editor Josh Jacquot reports, "Our speculation is that there is a bushing deflection. The bushings are softer in the Sky than the Solstice, which allows some forward-backward motion you don't get in the Solstice. When you combine with a squat, it rubs. Anything that compresses the back suspension and at the same time causes the drive wheels to pull forward, those two forces combined are when we experienced the rubbing."

Handles like a driving range
The Sky's handling is also a bit of a mixed bag. The power rack and pinion delivers somewhat mushy messages about what's going on — the kind of thing that's fine for normal driving, but disconcerting in a pinch. Approaching a corner in the Miata is an exciting challenge, with the driver sizing up speed and gear, knowing basically how the car will respond and preparing to engage; like you might feel walking into a batting cage and waiting for a pitch. Approaching a corner in the Sky is a more unpredictable challenge, where the car might stay lovely or it might suddenly let go of the road in a fit of understeer; like the nervous thrill of walking onto a driving range in hopes of dodging balls.

Braking — 4-wheel discs with ABS — isn't anywhere near the standards of the Miata. At the track, the Sky stopped from 60 mph in 134 feet, substantially worse than the Miata's 117-foot mark.

Beauty can be worth everything
Just as the cinematic Jeffrey Lebowski suffered the misdeeds of his trophy wife, consumers will abide the Sky simply because it looks better than anything in its price range.

Saturn designers opted for sharp lines in contrast to the Solstice's smoothness, giving this sibling a more sophisticated look with interesting angles from stem to stern, and mounted on a sporty stance with 18-inch wheels dominating the sides. Decorative chrome hood vents write a few checks the Sky can't cash, but pump up the already aggressive look. In back, Saturn used a slightly different design for the taillights, while the gorgeous trunk bumps behind the head rests were left untouched.

Unlike the Solstice, the experience continues on the interior, which is a well-planned compartment in terms of appearance. Our tester had the leather package and optional metallic foot-pedal cover plates, giving the Sky a slick appearance with smooth curves and chrome accents aplenty. The controls are logical and easy to use, giving driver or passenger access to radio and HVAC comforts. Our tester had optional audio controls on the steering wheel.

With the top up, the car is attractive. With the top down, it's downright gorgeous, unmasking the trunk lid bumps as a major design element. And beware to the Mercedes SL driver — the Sky looks better than cars four or five times its price when your hair is blowing in the breeze.

That's easier said than done. Top operation is Soviet design all the way, requiring a key fob button punch, a twist of a handle, an exit from the car, a lift of the hatch, a shove down, an inspection of a tiny hook that can get bent if you're not careful, a second shove for the lid and finally a return to the car. By comparison, you might see a Miata owner put the top down with one hand while stuck in traffic.

And if you have any baggage — a lunch bag, even — putting the top down destroys what little space the Sky provides. While the Miata offers some actual trunk space — enough for an overnight bag, at least — the Sky offers a space where the top is supposed to be stored. So if the top is up, you've got a luxurious 5.4 cubic feet of space. With the top down, you've got 2 cubic feet.

Or you can just cram it in the passenger seat. Got a passenger? Try the cubbyhole next to your right shoulder between the seats. Unless you've got something bigger than a stapler...then politely ask your guest to hold the item.

Love is blind
The 2007 Saturn Sky has a ways to go until it catches the competition. It's not the easiest car in the world to live with. And at times — like when trying to recline the seats, which requires exiting the car; or stowing a drink behind you (in an auxiliary cupholder that accidentally pops out when you bump it with your elbow during shifts) — it can feel like the Sky is working against you.

Survey after survey shows consumers want great-looking cars and affordable cars above all else, so the Sky is sure to be a hit. And Saturn will tweak a few things here and there, hoping you won't launch the car in a track test until the new version comes out. Chances are, you won't. And the Sky will work out just fine, earning gawks and compliments from all you pass.

Again, life lessons come clear. For a little effort, beauty can be yours. And in the case of the Sky, you can even bring a friend if they promise to carry something.
 
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