The automotive press acted like it was the Second Coming when the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice twins were released into the world for the 2006 model year. Automotive “journalists” raved about how great it was to finally have an affordable American sports car with a turbocharger and a manual transmission…and that it was going to bring about the American automotive Renaissance…but they got it totally wrong and the ensuing automotive apocalypse of 2008 pushed Saturn and Pontiac into an early grave….and for whatever reason the Skystice is dirt cheap, even in Redline or GXP trim. Find this 2007 Saturn Sky Redline offered for $4,995 at a small used car dealer in Long Island, NY via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
It was only this week that we discovered that taking a photo of your car through a window screen is the only safe way to document your car during the time of COVID19…but it appears to be a thing that is taking off. At least the seller was daring enough to step through the mesh long enough to take a few pics of this manual gearbox equipped Saturn Ion that has been “converted” to a rally car. Look at all those lights! I am dazzled! Find this 2007 Saturn Ion offered for $5500 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.
Picture this; you are stuck at home under stay-at-home orders and you need something to occupy your time since your internet connection is dead. What you need is an engine and a vehicle that needs an engine. Then you just need a few wrenches, some zip ties, a welder, and some fresh 5w30 oil. The […]
It might not say in his official autobiography, but I’m pretty sure that Sebastian Vettel started his racing career in a Saturn SL2 with an automatic transmission — and now he races a Fiat in F1, so that could be you for a small hunk of cash. Find this 1994 Saturn SL2 Race Car offered for […]
For years, the only way to drive a European built econobox with a manual gearbox (other than something from VW) was to hop on jet for the continent and head to the nearest rent-a-box…BUT starting in the 2008 model year, GM imported the Opel Astra into the USA and badged it as a Saturn, which […]
In the late 2000’s the Saturn Sky and cousin Pontiac Solstice tried to knock the Mazda Miata off as the king of the two seat convertible hill. Both GM cars and brands met the same inglorious fate as the Mercury Capri that came and tried years before. The base Sky had somewhat tepid performance from […]
When someone mentions driving an ex-Postal vehicle, most of us immediately picture one of those boxy Grumman LLVs, but many other vehicles have been conscripted for use in snow, heat, and the gloom of night. Find this 2000 Saturn SWP RHD offered for $3,000 in Centuria, WI via craigslist. Tip from MB. I think we […]
The Saturn S-Series (SW/SC/SL) was released into the wild in 1991 as the first vehicle to be launched by GM’s Saturn Corp subsidiary. Saturn was marketed as “a different kind of car company” and its cars were designed mostly in house with little support from the rest of the GM family. Therefore, the S-series wasn’t […]
GM’s Kappa platform was launched in 2006 with the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky followed a year later. Unfortunately the 2008 recession/carpocalpyse killed the Skystice before it was more than a few years old….but in those few years GM managed to sell 100,124 examples (34,400 Sky, 65,724 Solstic) and they make great used drivers […]
The people wanted it. The press wanted it. The engineers wanted to make it. And in 2006, General Motors finally delivered the American-built Mazda MX-5 competitor that was so missing from its domestic line up. The Skystice (Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky) was instantly loved by the people (7,000 orders in first 10 days), the […]