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E-ticket ride
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By mytdawg
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2005 Saturn ION Red Line 4dr Quad Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M)


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I figured there was no way that a supercharged 4 banger was going to run at 30 mph in 4th gear without lugging. I was wrong. The powerplant is powerful and flexible. It purrs like a kitten until you need that right pedal, make sure you have a clear path if you decide to mash it. The dealer let me take their demo for a weekend. I put 500 miles on it and only gave it back to them long enough for them to prep it.


Best Features

The seats, the brakes, the breathtaking 30-100 mph acceleration.


Worst Features

Could use a arm rest (Saturn does sell one) and desperately needs a dead- pedal. Wish the calipers were cool looking kind of like the Vette. They are just hanging out there in their plainness.


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Unhappy with Saturns 2005 ION3
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By tialynn510
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2005 Saturn ION 3 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 4A)


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Don't buy a Satrun unless you want to spend a lot of time at the dealership. Within the first month I had it in for service on the cruise control, it didn't work at all. I had to have the cd player replaced twice because they ate my cds which they did not bother to replace. The front turn signal bulbs keep blowing out I have had to replace them both twice. While I understand that these are not major isuues they are thing that you have to take time out of your day to take care of. They want you to drive clear across town so they can fix it when and if they have an opening for you, and god forbid you have somewhere to be like work you have to demand a rental car. Which is a total joke.


Best Features

My favorite feature is the security passlock so your car doesn't get stolen. Except mine didn't work right and I got stranded 50 miles from home. My car wouldn't start at all, I guess it thought it was being stolen!!!


Worst Features

If you know something is wrong fix it before you sell the hunk of junk to people. Or at least tell your service people to pretend that they dont know what is going on with the car, instead of telling you that it is common like they did me.


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


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I love this car. It is not only fun to drive, but it is a pratical car. The gas mileage isn't the best, but it is also not the worst. I would definitly buy this car again in the future.


Best Features

My favorite feature is how quick it is. I love that it is a Saturn, because people don't think of Saturn's as fast cars, but when you are seconds ahead of them they think twice about trying to race one again.


Worst Features

I wish they could improve on the gas mileage. That is my real problem with this car. They said that it gets 24 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, but that is way off. I drive mostly the city and some highway, and I am usually get about 18-20 mpg.


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WOW...what a pleasant surprise!!!
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By Drum
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2005 Saturn ION Red Line 4dr Quad Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M)


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I love this car!! I've owned several sports cars and sports coupes and I immediately felt very comfortable in this car. It is a lot quicker than you would expect given the (under)stated horsepower and weight. A little cheap feeling in the interior, but hey, the price more than makes up for it. Hard to imagine a better performing car in this price range, even compares quite well to more expensive cars like the RX-8 (what I originally planned on).


Best Features

Acceleration, seats, rear wing, delayed power off and auto lock/unlock doors, xm radio (NO COMMERCIALS!), sound of the supercharger, smooth short throw shifter, quad doors


Worst Features

Auto dimming compass temp mirror and boost gauge should be available as dealer installed accesories


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Could not be much better for the money.
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By Skylar Mazzola
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2005 Saturn ION Red Line 4dr Quad Coupe (2.0L 4cyl S/C 5M)


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I love the car. The car is fast. The seats are wonderful and the engine is pretty much a work of art. The only thing that I can complain about is the rev limiter stops the fun. Also the tach is about 500-800 revs behind the engine which hurts performance. Other than that I love it.


Best Features

The seats. Agressive, yet passive styling. The engine, the perfect suspension, and the limited slip differential is great. Boost guage!


Worst Features

Another tach, more power, weight reduction. Not to say that it is slow, it is not, but you cant have to much hp.


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