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!
I purchaed this car around one year ago adn it has been nothing but a charm! The 2.2 has decent pep when you need it to, and even with my very agressive driving i still average 36 mpg! With 4 Blizzaks this car controls amazing in snow! My car is the 2 with no options but a spoiler in silver. The only bad things about the car are that with the manual mirrors the passanger side one is fixed, so you cant adjust it. Also the head lights are VERY dull, but some new bulbs will do the trick. The only other thing is it used to sometimes not start in the cold, but all you need is a good mechanic to cut some wire in the ignition. Over all if youre at all interested, purchase one, theyre honestly great
Love the center guages, the amazing gas milage, performance in the snow, rust proof and dent free side pannels, just the overall appearence, very cheap to maintain
with manual mirrors if you could adjust the passanger side mirror, brighter headlamp bulbs, and the seats take some getting used too so maybe better padding
From the start it was good, but man with in a few months took a dump! Starts sometimes and others times nothing, but we have had it check and no mechanic can find anything. Coolant light on, can't get it off no one knows why no leaks, holds pressure. Blinkers keep burning out and blinker burning out recall has been done by dealer. Please don't buy one these cars!
ready for this,, 285000 miles on mine saturn. yes,,now here;s the deal. problems,, interior,, well cheap,my power windows worked when they want to ,, fixed that, just move the wire in the door heading into compartment engine power locks stink.. pain sometimes, horn not so good., have a couples .brakes pads rotors, doesnt like the cold weather either,, have to warm up before the car will turn over, but in general this car been pretty good,,simple wear and tear. inside looks kinda crappy outside still looks good.
like the 5 speed that many miles same clutch.it is what it is,, 13500 paid for, i think,, 285000 miles plus,, no real complaints
I enjoyed owning this car 6 years. However, I wish I would have bought the 04 Ion instead of the 03 one. Never buy a new model of car the first year it comes out, too many little glitches. Saturn did fix many of these glitches and the transmission in 04, 05 models. The automatic transmission was too bumpy in the 03 model. No major problems with this car. Only broke down once. Bought 100,000 mile/7 year warranty. Wish I hadn't because the Ion was pretty dependable.
very smooth-responsive steering, sporty exterior, great handling around corners, peppy engine for a 4 cylinder, love the plastic exterior that doesn't rust or dent easily (however, my bad driving did manage to dent it, but you have to hit something really hard to dent this car)
Smoother automatic transmission (however, my relative who is a Saturn mechanic said transmission improved in later models), better seat cloth that doesn't stain so easily, better gas millage