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2003 Saturn ION Coupe

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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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Would buy another

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I like my Ion. Six years after purchasing, it's a great value. I don't drive it hard. Maybe if I drove it more, it would have more issues. Six years and less than 37K miles, the only issues I've had are a drivers side power window issue (fixed under warranty), and I now need new bushings. Love the interior and exterior styling and would buy another if they were still in production.




Non start problems

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Why won't Saturn stand behind their vehicles? Only a week after purchasing my vehicle it won't start. Local repair shop said probably starter, decided to do a little research first, omg I can't believe the thousands of complaints on line. Dealers replace ignition switch which is faulty in the first place but they do not acknowledge that. Guess what the switch if you are lucky only lasts a year if that and then you are stuck with the same repair every year.




Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

This is one great car. Easy to drive, fun, and looks sharp. Great fuel mileage. Great in the winter and summer. Just an all around nice car. I recommend it for a first car, or if you need a daily drive that gets good gas mileage but want to stay American.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

My last saturn

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

At the time I got this car - the "college grad" deal made it the most affordable car around. Now all I want to do is get rid of it. It is not a sporty car. It is an economy coupe, and that is it.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Almost 3 years

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

The car has yet to let me down. I have had several trips to the dealer, and almost always got the car back while I waited. The free rental with my service contract made any overnight problems bearable. The tires seem to be about gone. This is a little better than I expected for OEM tires. The 16" low profile tires gave the car the best handling I have has with a small car. The transmission shifts good most of the time, but occasionaly hunts when the acceleration drops off near it's shift point. The front seats have a tremendous amount of leg room. However, the rear seat passenger can loose all of their leg room to the front seat. The car is comfortable on long trips.




Good on gas, that's it

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Vehicle: 2003 Saturn ION 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

After 2 months of owning this car, the car wouldn't shut off because the key wouldn't turn or come out. I had to have it towed and the ignition solinoid replaced. A month later it happened again. The dials on the thermostat don't rotate properly. The remote trunk unit has to be reset every so often. The brakes are already going bad. You can't spill anything in the car because cleaning the material will leave moisture stains. Worst buy ever.



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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