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2003 Saturn ION

Saturn ION Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Saturn ION

  • Built to compete among the small Asian vehicles, the less impressive domestic Ion will have a tough time with this segment's leading contenders.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Innovative rear-access doors on coupe, customer-focused dealers, numerous personalization options, great cargo capacity.

  • Cons

    Build quality not up to segment standards, unusual styling, lack of established service and repair history.

  • What's New for 2003

    After 12 long years in production, Saturn is finally retiring its aging S-Series sedan and coupe in favor of the all-new Saturn Ion sedan and innovative quad coupe.

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Customer Reviews

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Love this car

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

This car has been a great investment. I love the way it drives, including a tight turning radius and surprising pickup. Wouldn't hesitate at all to buy this one all over again. Too bad Saturn is history.




A good car

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

My dad bought the car new in 2004. And the two of us have put over 70,000 miles on it sense with very few problems. The greatest one being the starter, a factory problem, that we have had changed out twice (its a $30 part, with labor being at least 3 times the cost of the part). Other than that simply doing the basics, oil change, alignments etc. One notable experience was when i drove through 1 mile of flooded road over a foot of water and i made it through, no stalling or problems after exiting the water.




Not such a great deal

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

When I first bought the car, I liked it. Maybe just because it was my first car. Since then, it's been disappointed over and over. The locking mechanism fell into the door; the ignition switch, starter, ECU, and battery had to be replaced at 30k miles for no apparent reason; the shift lock solenoid needs replacing or the key won't turn all the way back; even after replacement of recalled signal assembly, it's still bad. I've had nothing but problems with this car and can't wait to get rid of it! I will never, ever buy a Saturn ever again. This car was a huge disappointment!




It's been a great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

The Ion has been a great car. The only mechanical failure, other than routine stuff like tires and brakes was a front wheel hub. The engine and transmission was redesigned for this model year and can really move for a 4 cylinder.




Good car for us

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

We've been quite happy with this car. We did buy it used with 48k miles on it and have put on another 40 ourselves. We have taken it on a two week trip from MI out to CO going through several States and their cities in the process. There was 4 of us in the car with all our stuff in July and we were cool and comfortable averaging 32 MPG. We've gotten as high as 34 unloaded w/o AC and 28 in the city. The 2.2L is pretty peppy in regards to a 4 banger and the 5 speed manual is a little sloppy but still fun. It stops well, turns on a dime and I think very fun to drive. We have only had to replace tires and change oil. It has been a very reliable car so far.



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I'm done

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Door lock collapsed into the door, daylight running lights went out 3 times, lowest fan speed squeaks, everything stains the seats (even water), interior plastic doesn't line up/panels fell off on the inside, you have to get used to using your mirrors b/c you can't see out the back, hard/flat seats, cd player skips, the horn is hard to press, not enough ground clearance, gear shift obstructs cupholders, grinding noise from steering wheel, bad smell comes from AC, key got stuck in the ignition. I saved the worst for last- The transmission slips and the car jerks forward and the service guys don't believe you because they can't replicate the problem, fun times!



Full 2003 Saturn ION Review

What's New for 2003

After 12 long years in production, Saturn is finally retiring its aging S-Series sedan and coupe in favor of the all-new Saturn Ion sedan and innovative quad coupe.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
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  • 30
  • highway
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