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2003 Saturn ION - Consumer Reviews

2003 Saturn ION

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My Last Saturn
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By EW
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2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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.


Best Features

Orange color


Worst Features

Offer a V6, fix body flex stability, smoother transmission, better interior component quality. Better yet, discontinue the car (They already have).


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Almost 3 years
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By GaryM
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2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Center Instrument cluster 16" wheels big trunk


Worst Features

Better tilt wheel


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what fun!
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By happy50ish
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2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have truly enjoyed owning this car.
For the money it's the best comuter car
out there. I'm very tall and I like the
driver leg room. Never intended to put
anyone in the back seat. No mechanical
problems to date. The purchase process
was fantastic. It's a little noisy on
the highway but hey, you can't have it
all for well under 20K.


Best Features

Suicide doors to access the back seat. Automatic headlights.


Worst Features

Telescoping and easier tilting steering column. Cut down the road noise.


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Good Car
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By squeak303
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2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

For the price you can't really go
wrong. It's a solid car and very
reliable. Gas milage is excellent,
especially in high priced Chicago area.


Best Features

Manual transmission, sunroof, ORANGE COLOR(2003 only).


Worst Features

There is a bit of body flex when going over bumps. Passenger door creaks from it.


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2003 ION needs work
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By kurt w
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2003 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My experience with two 2003 Ions suggested
Saturn put GM's new Delta chassis too early. A
solid body and good handling were appreciated.
Freeway cruising was quiet but nervous. Build
quality was awful - both cars had tons of squeaks,
rattles, ill fitting parts, and transmission and engine
glitches two service centers could not repair. 24
mpg was the rule but acceleration not so great (5
speed helped on hills but often shifted harshly).
The buying experience was pleasant, but the
service was awful.

Hopefully the 2004 and 2005 versions will be
better.


Best Features

Solid chassis, corners without much fuss, good view forward, sophisicated light/lock electronic management, low road noise, large trunk


Worst Features

Rough shifting 5 speed, squeaks/rattles all over interior, flat seats (heigth just jacks up bottom cushion), poor rear seat comfort and room, ride harsh on small bumps, tepid acceleration and mileage, stereo shrieky.


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