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2004 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 23/32 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Saturn ION

  • Despite some improvements in interior materials, the Ion remains a generally substandard economy car that's outclassed by nearly every other compact sedan and coupe on the market.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, customer-focused dealers, large trunk capacity, coupe's innovative rear access doors.

  • Cons

    Flat seats with little support, limited rear legroom, low-grade interior materials, build quality not up to competitors' standards.

  • What's New for 2004

    Saturn has upgraded the Ion with new fabrics, improved plastics and a new radio with MP3 and satellite radio capability. The electric steering has been revised for improved feel at highway speeds, while the sedan's five-speed automatic and the coupe's CVT have been recalibrated for improved gear selection and response. Finally, Saturn has installed additional sound-deadening material to reduce cabin noise. A Special Edition version of the sedan provides black exterior paint, distinctive 16-inch wheels and a two-tone interior.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Great example of thinking outside

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Great car. Great example of thinking outside the box. It is an example of what I used to like about Saturn, not afraid to try something new. How many times have you bought a new car and only months later, find that you have door dings all over it from parking? Solution: Polymer body panels. The center console some people hate but I just love it. So much easier to see the instrumentation without having to look thru the steering wheel. The engine is smooth and refined, but the trans could use a bit of tuning. 2nd to 3rd shift is a bit abrupt when cold. The only service issue I have had in 50,000 miles are loose front stabilizer bushings. Front seats a bit soft. Very reliable so far.




I love my ion

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I absolutely love my car, I've never had a single problem with it, and it has ridiculously high miles for a 2004. At 100,000 miles, my car runs amazing. In fact, I'm in a racing club. People are surprised at the amazing gas mileage and the style of the car. It drives great and I love it to death! Just baby the car and it will baby you.




Great for commuting, not as

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I am getting 28 mpg average. It did not take long at all to get use to having the gage display in the middle of the display. I don't have the 4 dr model, it is more like the red line model with the 2 door coupe with the suicide back doors, but it is not the red line. My kids love the back doors. The back seats are very tight for my 6 and 8 year old. Add back packs in the morning and it is very tight. The trunk is HUGE!! Fold down the back seats and you really have a lot of space. The 4 cyl engine does not like hills. I use the "I" gear, as the manual suggests for hills and twisty roads, and it really drinks the gas. I get about the same mileage as I do with my suburban on the "I".




Whats really going on

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I,ve had my quad coupe for about two years,It ran good for about a year,with scheduled maintenance. At about 40,000 mi. it started getting out of control with problems. Power windows stopped working, when starting the car it began to idle at 4,000 rpms and down,or not start at all, and finally the transmission quit, and the car has been parked for almost a year, with $5,400 in aftermarket parts, time to part it out, and get a new honda civic.




Great value

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Coming from a line of luxury German Brands, a Saturn was purely and economic move that I honestly resented. I bought it for looks and price, but love it for the way it treats me. In the nearly 75k miles in nearly three years, it has not needed service at all other than normal maintainance and a persistent squeak from the rear seat, despite the heavy footed daily commute I put it through. The dent resistant panels have keep looking virtually brand new despite spending most of its time in a cramped busy garage. There are more comfortable, faster, and maybe better looking cars out there, but not at this price and reliability.




A big headache

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Vehicle: 2004 Saturn ION 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I really like the look and price of this vehicle. However, I have been to the dealership at least a dozen times with serious problems. The car has less than 40,000 miles and I'm on my 3rd transmission, 2nd drive-line, 4th stereo, 2nd steering column, and have had my check engine light come on a couple of times. The Saturn service department has been unpleasant and unprofessional to deal with. This is my first and last Saturn. I am getting rid of this car ASAP.



Full 2004 Saturn ION Review

What's New for 2004

Saturn has upgraded the Ion with new fabrics, improved plastics and a new radio with MP3 and satellite radio capability. The electric steering has been revised for improved feel at highway speeds, while the sedan's five-speed automatic and the coupe's CVT have been recalibrated for improved gear selection and response. Finally, Saturn has installed additional sound-deadening material to reduce cabin noise. A Special Edition version of the sedan provides black exterior paint, distinctive 16-inch wheels and a two-tone interior.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 32
  • highway
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