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2008 Saturn Astra XE in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view - ©2018 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

Keep in mind the Saturn Astra? A Belgian-constructed Opel Astra, it was supposed to switch the Ion, however GM had a number of distractions round that point and axed the Saturn Astra early in 2009… adopted by the Saturn model itself.

Simply two mannequin years, poor gross sales, bizarre Euro-Detroit badge-engineering hijinks, and a close to-immediate disappearance from cultural reminiscence: simply what I like best in a Junkyard Discover!

2008 Saturn Astra XE in Colorado wrecking yard, engine - ©2018 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsI had been protecting my eyes open for an Astra for a few years, and it took a nasty crash to ship this one to a Denver self-service yard. It seems that somebody nabbed the transmission, leaving the 138 hp Ecotec 1.eight-liter sitting atop the wreckage.

2008 Saturn Astra XE in Colorado wrecking yard, panoramic sunroof - ©2018 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe large panoramic sunroof was a signature Saturn feature through the marque’s last years.

2008 Saturn Astra XE in Colorado wrecking yard, radio manual - ©2018 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThis one nonetheless has the guide for the futuristic audio system, which might play MP3 information on residence-burned CDs; in the meantime, youthful car consumers needed to plug their Zunes into auxiliary audio enter jacks, which I’m fairly positive this car doesn’t have. Bluetooth? That’ll by no means catch on!

2008 Saturn Astra XE in Colorado wrecking yard, dealership sticker - ©2018 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThis one has stickers from two totally different Colorado car sellers, together with one on the opposite aspect of the Rockies from this yard.

2008 Saturn Astra XE in Colorado wrecking yard, front seats - ©2018 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsI’ve by no means been a driver or passenger in an Astra, however I hear that they have been fairly good driving automobiles (by late-2000s GM requirements), although on the underpowered aspect. The interior definitely has that “reasonably priced European commuter” look.


Undoubtedly a few Zune house owners right here.


Isn’t making an attempt to be cool the furthest factor from being cool?


Over in Yurp, it was assumed that the majority Astra consumers would need the guide transmission.


In Australia, the Holden Astra turned the driving force, which made parking simpler.


Egyptian Astras did some spectacular stunts.


In Poland, the Astra had, uh, Zorro?


In the meantime, in Russia.

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