Used 2004 Saturn ION

2004 Saturn ION
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2004 Saturn ION

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.
Saturn ION years

Used 2004 Saturn ION for Sale

Saturn ION 2004 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)
170,000 miles
Used 2004
Saturn ION
2
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Cowles Nissan
30.1 mi away
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Saturn ION 2004 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A)
185,929 miles
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Saturn ION
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Unique Auto Import
33.6 mi away
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Saturn ION 2004 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
86,647 miles
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Saturn ION
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Freysinger Genesis
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Edmunds' Expert Review

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.

2004 Highlights

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.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Hate to see it go!
Beenie,07/30/2015
I purchased my Saturn Ion Quad Coupe brand-new in 2004. I previously drove '93 and '99 Saturn SC2 coupes and had no major problems. I kept my Ion much longer than my other 2 Saturns for various reasons. I was sorry that GM discontinued the Saturn line in 2009; the brand had high customer loyalty. If the Saturn brand hadn't been closed, I'd have bought another one. After 11 years and 126K miles, my husband and I felt it was time to move on; we just bought a 2015 Ford Focus, my first non-GM car. Even at this age and mileage, the engine and transmission are still in excellent condition. The air conditioning still runs as cold as it did back in 2004. I really will miss the unique design of the 2 rear half doors; they functioned better than a standard sedan since it was easier to open both doors and have a large space in which to load groceries and other items. I wish other car manufacturers caught on to this concept (the only other vehicle like that is my husband's Honda Element, which also has 2 rear half-doors). I am selling my car this weekend and will really hate to see it go, but it's time for a newer, more updated, and more dependable vehicle.
Overall a great car
dagda567,05/21/2011
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.
Great Car for the Price!
Sarah,03/30/2005
I recently bought my first Saturn, an ION 1. Overall, I am very pleased with the car. It has nice pickup and the turning radius is amazing! The body style is very nice and looks much more expensive than many other economy cars (though it is very inexpensive). I love the alloy wheels (it was a special order) and nice roomy interior. The headlights are not very bright. Overall, a great car for the money!
I'm gonna miss this car
captreynolds,08/14/2013
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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Features & Specs

MPG
20 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
140 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
20 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
140 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
20 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
140 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
140 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Poor
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested

More about the 2004 Saturn ION
Used 2004 Saturn ION Overview

The Used 2004 Saturn ION is offered in the following submodels: ION Sedan, ION Red Line, ION Coupe. Available styles include Red Line 4dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M), 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A), 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A), 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5A), 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5A), 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl CVT), 1 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl CVT), 2 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M), 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5A), 3 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M), and 2 4dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M).

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Should I lease or buy a 2004 Saturn ION?

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