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Long Term, great car
By 04driver on 08/31/13 17:18 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I purchased my 2004 Ion3 almost new at the Saturn dealer, with about 2k miles. That's been 9 years and just over 100,000 miles ago. Perfect car, for me. Only replaced struts, belts, brakes, filters, oil, etc. Had auto transmission serviced once. Absolutely NO problems with this vehicle. Great trip vehicle for me. Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, wherever I want to go. 30 plus mpg on freeway. I get better mpg when I go faster than stated limits, hmm.. Anyway, I love it so much, that my extended family have purchased three others. Looks like a Saturn lot when all are here. Others may have had problems, but for us. Great car. Wish they still made them. All 5 still work fine.
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I'm gonna miss this car
By captreynolds on 08/14/13 11:54 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I bought this car 4 years ago with 59K miles already on it. 2 months ago, I totalled it in a rollover. First off, I'm completely unscathed--I had a couple minor cuts and a little whiplash. Secondly, in 4 years, I took this car to 147K miles--nearly 90K miles--and I had one major repair around 125K, when my timing belt tensioner went out. I had another repair bill over a grand about 5K miles earlier, but that was for the AC fan, wheel bushings in both front wheels, alignment, a radiator flush, and a tuneup. You know, normal wear and tear. This car ran and ran and ran and ran, with good fuel economy (~26-29 mpg) a smooth ride (though a little noisy) in almost all weather. Would buy again.
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Bought w/ Salvage title - Great Car!
By dhallization on 08/07/13 05:35 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I traded in my big SUV for this little thing 4 years ago. It had a rebuilt salvage title (flipped over in accident) and 75k miles. I'm up to 120k and we still love it. 30+ mpg and minimal repairs. The only things we've had to do are: keep relays on hand for when the electrical steering goes out. At first this was a monthly occurrence, it has been 2 years since we've had to replace them. We did struts and brakes at 110k. A fuse for the cigarette lighter. Then of course the normal things, battery, oil changes, spark plugs, etc. We plan to drive this car until our family doesn't fit!
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Bought in 2004, still love & own it!
By toms04ion on 11/06/11 16:18 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I bought this Ion new on 10/28/03 and have enjoyed the last 143k miles. Sure, in the beginning there were some bugs to work out, wiring harness, computer glich, shifter block and a few other small bulletin items that the Saturn dealer dilligently fixed. Other than general maintenance, the only thing replaced was the ignition switch. Each set of tires has gotten 55k, and the oem battery got over 5 years of use. The car has been extremely reliable. Since 25k, the car runs on Mobile 1 and a K&N filter, this has made a difference on mpg. Sometimes I think of selling to get a new car, can't justify it, do a comp with a Cruze, size, power,features, vertually same car! Not sexy, but delivers!
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Overall a great car
By dagda567 on 05/21/11 18:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

We bought the ion for a nice, cheap car with good gas mileage. My fiance loves the styling and the interior, although to me the exterior looks kinda odd. The seats are fine for around town but i wouldn't want to take a road trip in it. The dash console position is strange but I actually kinda like it. Controls are all very easy to reach and the gas mileage is great. For an economy car it actually rides very nice. And GM's 2.2 Ecotec engine is absolutely flawless. I feel very safe with that engine because of its reliability record.
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A true lemon! Starting difficulties!
By Mike S. on 11/27/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

This is the car that killed Saturn. Mine was plagued with electrical problems: "Passlock" malfunctions made the car unstartable at times. (2 column passlock switch assemblies replaced and the problem came back a 3rd time. A $300+ dealer repair if out-of- warranty.) The sensor in the anti- freeze overflow failed. Left headlight problem due to wiring harness wear. Recall for turn signal mal-function. Noisy McPherson struts in winter. A harsh ride, especially in winter. Cheap- looking seats and interior trim. Only pluses: good gas mileage and no rust due to plastic body parts. A mediocre end to the Saturn legacy. Basically a small Chevy with plastic side panels. Too bad.
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I love my ION 2
By BLACKBEAUTYION on 11/25/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I have had this car since 2008 and besides the little problems I love it I have had just the normal maintenance done to it and I think Saturn should have been around still the have great long lasting cars I would have bought another Saturn I loved the whole car line I have talked to other owners who say they have never got the mileage out of the other cars they have owned
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
2004 Saturn Ion. Great Car for the Money
By Elf on 10/17/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

In 2006 I bought this one owner vehicle used and in pristine condition with only 2,874 miles on it. With the low miles and great appearance I have always considered it as a "new" car purchase. A couple of months ago (June, 2010) I finally replaced the original tires as well as the car's battery. The battery to my surprise was located in the trunk. This was my fourth new car and the first that the battery lasted over 2 years. I guess with it being located in the trunk and away from all of the engine heat it was a good idea after all. It's not a sports car so when cornering at high rates of speed it kinda feels like it wants to get away from you. While driving the interior noise level is low.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Car Won't Start
By Saturn Stinks! on 08/11/10 17:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)

Review

I bought a Saturn because I thought they were reliable and Saturn always made such a big deal of their great service. What a joke! I have the same IC chip problem in the ignition as lots of others. Before I knew this I contacted Saturn and they were absolutely not helpful. Told me to take it to a local GM dealer or drive and hour to the nearest Saturn dealer. No wonder they went out of business. I will never buy and never recommend a Saturn to anyone.
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Good Commuter Car
By commuter_cop on 05/11/10 06:38 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Saturn ION Sedan 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought for my 68 mile a day commute to work. Great gas mileage, fill it up once a week. Good reliability, bought with just over 48,000 miles on it and had to change the bushings (Which i knew when I bought it) havent had to fix anything until about 90,000 miles when I replaced the rear shocks and new tires and brake pads. Cost about $450 bucks. Is all paid for and will run it into the ground. I love the 2.2 liter Ecotech engine. The center console where the gauges are is awesome. It has served its purpose admirably. Not a great car for a family cause there is little leg room in the back but as a commuter car I couldnt have asked for anything better for the money.
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