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By JennyJ9986
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2005 Saturn ION Red Line 4dr Quad Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M)


Review

If youíre looking for something fun to drive, but you donít want the cost of an RSX or the unpleasant ride of an SRT-4, then an ION Redline is the way to go. Its fraternal twin the Colbalt SS has the same engine, however the seats are not as comfortable as the Recaros and it doesn't have the two suicide doors for easy access. I like those things so I went with the ION. As far as the center console, I think it allows me to see more of the road, so really itís just a matter of getting used to it. Plus itís got 5 star crash test ratings, so not only is it fast, but its safe too.


Best Features

The engine response when I floor it in second gear.


Worst Features

The blind spots in the rear of the car


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Silver Red Line '05
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By Bill
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2005 Saturn ION Red Line 4dr Quad Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M)


Review

I feel that this vehicle is a well built vehicle for a Saturn and is packed with performance that takes a lot of people by suprise, which is always fun to do.


Best Features

I feel that the Recaro racing seas are my favorte feature because they hug you real tight in place


Worst Features

I feel that the only thing that this vehicle could be improved on is the single bar suspension in the rear end which kills handling on this car because you get all that rear end wiggle and windup.


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My 1st Saturn
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By R & E Marin
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2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)


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I had been researching on-line for a new vehicle to purchase, mostly with saftey and comfort in mind. The night before I purchased my Saturn, I read and compared them for over 2 hours on the net. Almost exactly comparable to the Volvo sedan, in every way! My experience w/ Saturn of Fayetteville was wonderful! Our salesman was very knowledgable about our purchase and they worked with us to give my husband and I the most unreally rate! I have already recomended my Saturn to several people. If you want a safe but fun ride with great gas mileage, I would recomend test driving a Saturn Ion 3.


Best Features

My favorite feature is the way the front dash column is set to the side. Also the XM radio & OnStar. Mostly the comfort and saftey features that really impress me! W/ith these gas prices now....Well that's really impressive!


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Red Line is fantastic
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By richter
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2005 Saturn ION Red Line 4dr Quad Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M)


Review

Everything about this vehicle screams engineering ingenuity. The engine seemed weak to me on paper, but once you get in that red line and you feel the pull of that supercharger you realize this car is faster than any Saturn should ever be. No dent panels is a plus for us less than talented driveway drivers. Loves to sip the gas but...can accept both regular and premium gas and the car (itself) adjusts to the gas after 3 tanks of it. The pedals seem kind of close but I've never driven a manual before. The shifts are crisp, the engine is responsive with no lag, and the steering is just fantastic (it's assisted electronically). This car screams SLEEPER so catch your Zzzzs


Best Features

Engine performance, steering, XM radio intro, simple interior, great engineering, Recaro seats, Dunlop agressive tread tires, huge trunk, awesome stereo system. Awesome sunroof (option), really nice and pressure free sales environment. Fantastic plastic!


Worst Features

3rd party wheels. Wheel locks. Full racing seats. Racing steering wheel and pedals. Seperated pedals and longer clutch pedal. Clunky plastic materials. All cloth seats (please). Better colors (or just make more black red lines).


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I say, I say "Saturn"
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By Jim Miller
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2005 Saturn ION 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I took my 1994 Saturn SL2 to 200,000 miles with less that $150 in non-maintenance type repairs. My new ION 2 seems to be even better engineered and cost $1,500 less than my SL2 over 11 years ago. The dash configuration does take some getting used to but is far superior than the old one. The exterior has a classy look to it, stacking up very well in the parking lot to sedans with much higher sticker prices. This is our family's third new Saturn and definitely not the last.


Best Features

The manual transmission shifter is quirky looking and the dash has a very modern style as well.


Worst Features

My SL2 allowed the back seats to split 60/40 from the inside of the car via straps that sat at the edges. The new ION requires levers in the trunk to be pulled. The old way was handy when a rear passenger needed something stored at the front of the trunk, such as a small piece of luggage.


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