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2004 Saturn ION Coupe

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Good to us...watch the CVT
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By skally
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2004 Saturn ION Coupe 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl CVT)


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We bought this car brand new and overall it was a good vehicle for us. Here are the issues we had over 8 years and 140k miles. The remote start from the dealer never did work right. It engaged the PassLock system which left you waiting 10 minutes while the fuel system reset. We had the common issue with the ignition switch replacing it a few times before it was fixed for good. The biggest problem was the CVTs in these cars. They failed more often than they should and couldn't be rebuilt, only replaced. GM fixed a lot of them but ours never died. However at 140k miles it started act up a little which is why we decided to move on.


Favorite Features

Great styling in and out. Plastic body panels looked almost new after 8 years.


Suggested Improvements

Cheap interior materials. Crappy CVT. Tinny engine made a lot of noise. Interior space a little tight for those over 6 feet tall.


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2004 Saturn Ion 2
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By kmacarthur
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2004 Saturn ION Coupe 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5A)


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This is my second Saturn, and it gets the job done. It is a reliable vehicle, I was fortunate in finding a very clean used car. One thing that has happened in both of my Ions is that the outlets cease to work at somepoint. I am assuming it's something simple, I just have not had it checked out yet. But either way, it has happened in both cars. I know I'm not the only one who has had issues with the key getting stuck in the ignition. Again, this happened on both cars. Overall, it really isn't a bad vehicle especially for someone who commutes. Its a little glitchy, but it gets me from A to B.


Favorite Features

centered gauges, fuel efficiency, reliability


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The Green Machine
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By Brittany
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2004 Saturn ION Coupe 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5A)


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I knew I'd need a car that would do well traveling the interstate and not cost me a fortune in gas. I've gotten that. I've had problems with the key getting stuck in the ignition as well, & some electrical problems that seem to fix themselves. My mechanic can't ever find anything wrong with it, but as soon as we leave, it'll misbehave again, but just as quick as it started it will stop. The door sensor was triggering the door being open, which made my alarm go off at random & my dome light go on and off which would kill my battery, so for about a week I had to unplug my battery when I parked. Then it just started working again. It has 85k miles & is still running great under the hood though.


Favorite Features

Don't have to sacrifice the sporty look to have a 4 dr, love the bucket seats, great mpg, huge trunk, quirky interior with the small steering wheel and odometer in the middle of the dash, seems like the engine and transmission are pretty hardy, makes a great first car! Anti lock brakes saved my life.


Suggested Improvements

GM shouldn't have phased out Saturn because it made the value of these cars drop like a rock. Wish it didn't appear haunted with the weird come and go electrical problems. Brakes are noisy when they're wet. Car wouldn't start one morning, never happened before or after that. Just inconsistent.


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I love this car!
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By miss_tarabull
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2004 Saturn ION Coupe 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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This is the 2nd car I've had, I'm 17 and it's totally perfect for me! It's so cute and fits me. The performance is great, I haven't found any problems with it at all; even my mom likes to drive it. It's super fun to drive, and I'm pretty protective of it. My last car (Ford Contour) was a dud but this car is awesome!


Favorite Features

Runs smoothly, Easy steering, Big trunk, and good transmission


Suggested Improvements

The rear window is pretty small, which makes it a little harder to see out of.


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Worst Car Ever
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By cc
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2004 Saturn ION Coupe 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5A)


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This car is the major reasons GM should go out of business. Within a month of driving the car off the lot I began having problems. I had to take the car back to the dealership every month that I owned the car for the first year. Every month was a different problem, and since it was not the same problem twice I was unable to file lemon law on the car. Problems include but are not limited to the electric steering failing, central computer glitches, anti-theft device would lock car ignition upon inserting key in ignition during cold weather and so on. Not only were there endless problems with this car but the dealers were even worse to deal with.


Favorite Features

NONE


Suggested Improvements

Way better customer service. GM should by there cars if they want us to stand by them. I will never by a GM again!!!!


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