by cartopcamper on Feb 20, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
We've owned since new a 2003 Saturn Ion 3 sedan with 5-speed manual transmission.
It now has about 145K miles and is going strong.
All of our 5 kids learned how to drive a stick in this car.
The clutch finally needed replacement at 137K miles.
I live in Southern California.
While a daughter attended school near Boise, ID, I'd drive up a couple times a year via Nevada back roads.
I wouldn't see another vehicle for hours while driving through the desert, so I'd drive 100 mph for long periods without a problem - still got great mpg.
I still use this car if driving long trips by myself.
Only problem for us was/is the ignition key switch issue - about $350 to fix, and I haven't yet
by ebeaudoin on Feb 5, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car in March 2013 with 132,000 miles, now has 145,000 and I am very happy with it! Does great in the snow with All-Seasons. I commute 44 miles round trip a day, 5 days a week and this car just keeps on going and serving me well. Sure, I could find issues with it, but I think any issues are mostly due to its two previous owners and the fact that it's 11 years old with 145,000 miles.
By the way, super glad I found one with a manual. So much fun!
by adamdastmalchi on Feb 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)
I got my used 2003 Saturn with only 30, 000 miles for $9,500 at a local Saturn dealership back in 2007.
The clerks were very friendly.
I have to say that there are way more pros than cons for this car.
Of course, I do not live in a very cold environment, so I do not have start up issues. Gas mileage with only 12.5 gallons is amazing.
This car came with a battery, and for four years I did not replace it.
I should have found out how old it was, because I recently got a new one.
This sucker is tough! It would still start, and the alternator was in great shape.
It is very crash-safety and is very smooth on the road.