My Saturn Sky Has the Same Interior as a U-Haul Van. What’s Your Parts Bin Experience?

Parts binning is pretty common in the auto industry, but some automakers do it more often than others.

byDec 21, 2021 5:01 PM
My Saturn Sky Has the Same Interior as a U-Haul Van. What’s Your Parts Bin Experience?

Owning a Saturn Sky means God has essentially given me the right to comment on the practice of parts-binning. During an era where General Motors used a slew of common parts in its vehicles—perhaps more than any other point in its history—the Kappa platform cars were still exceptionally parts-binned. Is this a bad thing? You can argue either way. That's not what I'm asking you, though.

The other day my brother needed help moving, so he rented a Chevy van from U-Haul. Driving from one spot to the other, I came to a realization. "Wow, a lot of this interior looks familiar." Indeed, a fair amount of it was also found in my own car. Ever had that happen?

In my case, I knew for a fact that the radio was essentially the same unit in both cars. In the Sky, I think they just painted it black, put an orange filter over the display, and called it good. To be fair, it does look better, but the functionality—besides the fact that the Sky's can do CDs and XM—is the same. The traction control button is also very nearly the same in the van and my Saturn, too. 

As a side note, in the Sky, GM used the same switch but with a different symbol lasered onto it to operate the trunk release. This button is in the glovebox, for some reason.

Other parts-binned items I know of on the Sky include the entire drivetrain (Cobalt SS,

So tell me, readers, when have you seen a part of your car used on a different vehicle? I know Ford is guilty of this, too, and I can only imagine what Chrysler (Stellantis) has done recently. Show me what you got!