Mercury's Demise Met With Sadness, Shrugs

"Those of us who own these vehicles and use them in a way which they were built to be used are unequivocally in love with our trucks...Don't knock it until you have tried it."
-Bebe, Auburn, California

"I am a bicycle commuter and there is nothing that terrifies me more than being anywhere near one of those hideous monstrosities in traffic. Not only do I fear for my life, but I find that nine times out of ten, Hummer drivers will lean out their window and swear at me, then either throw something or tell me that I have no business on the road as they rev their engine and flex their tribal tattooed bicep. Good riddance to the Hummer."
-Laura Cook, Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I find the (Hummer) H3 to be the perfect vehicle. Mine is rugged and dependable. I always feel safe and secure in it. The first time I drove one was a blustery grey November day. The wind was up and it was raining. I never felt so comfortable and so secure driving down the road."
-Rick, St. Louis, Missouri

Saturn

General Motors announced in September, 2009 that it was ending production on the brand after a tentative deal to sell Saturn to Penske Automotive Group fell through. Introduced to the market in 1990 by General Motors, the brand was designed to compete with foreign imports. Along the way, Saturn distinguished itself by establishing a ferociously loyal following as you can see by two of the messages below. But not all drivers have had a good experience with the brand, as the last message illustrates.

"My wife and I are very sad to see this happen. Between the two of us we have happily owned eight Saturns since their inception in 1991. Is was very refreshing to go to a retailer that didn't pressure one into buying a car.The service departments were the absolute best we have ever experienced.

"I currently drive a 2004 Ion and my wife has a 2007 Vue. All of our Saturns gave us reliable service with no problems what so ever. We really liked the polymer body panels. I still see many of the 90's S-series still on the on the road shiny as the day they rolled out of the dealership. I now face an unfamiliar problem ... what do we purchase next?"
-Peter Buri, Wonder Lake, Illinois

"When I got divorced, I had to go out and buy my own car. I had heard such good things about Saturns. They are basically made in our backyard as the Saturn plant is in Spring Hill,TN-about 40 or so miles from Nashville. I chose a 1999 Saturn XL-2-Limited Homecoming Edition.

"Seven and a 1/2 years later, that car now has 171,000 miles on it. I call it "Trusty" as it has only failed me a few times and those were minor repairs. I am especially sentimental about this car because it was there when I started a whole new life and has carried me through countless life challenges, life changes, happy and sad times.

" 'Trusty' has carried sweaty, dirty kids home from baseball and been there as they grew into teenagers and taken us to see family. She has provided quiet time when I needed to think or have a good cry. My son who was 7 when I got divorced is 15 now and gets to drive her every now and then ... I have told people I will have to trade 'Trusty' in for a newer car soon. They keep asking when I am going to do it. In truth, it is going to be really hard to part with my Saturn. She has become a friend. A dependable, trustworthy friend."
-Amy Taylor, Nashville, Tennessee

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