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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)


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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.


Favorite Features

Orange color


Suggested Improvements

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.


Favorite Features

Center Instrument cluster 16" wheels big trunk


Suggested Improvements

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)


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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.


Favorite Features

Suicide doors to access the back seat. Automatic headlights.


Suggested Improvements

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)


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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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

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.


Favorite Features

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


Suggested Improvements

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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