2003 Saturn Ion
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Best car ever!

by from California on May 31, 2011

I have a 2003 Ion that I bought new and the only problem I have ever had is the recall for the front turn signal. When it was younger, I would get 38 MPG on my 90 mile commute to work. My only complai...
I have a 2003 Ion that I bought new and the only problem I have ever had is the recall for the front turn signal. When it was younger, I would get 38 MPG on my 90 mile commute to work. My only complaint is with the front seat. It is uncomfortable and the clutch was placed farther away than the gas and brake pedals. The outside still looks brand new and I have almost 160,00 miles on it. I hope it lasts several more years since I can't buy another one!
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Great value for the Money

by from Wilmington, De on January 29, 2010

The car is great for the first time buyers, or as a commuter car. The interior is utilitarian. Hadling is good, although not very nimble (weight). numerous complaints regarding ignition switch (no-sta...
The car is great for the first time buyers, or as a commuter car. The interior is utilitarian. Hadling is good, although not very nimble (weight). numerous complaints regarding ignition switch (no-start in cold), and clunking noises from front and steering wheel, but not in the car I bought. Very little foot space (difficult to find comfortable driving position). Go-kart- like steering wheel. The only 2003 car with less than 100,000 miles for under $4,000 in the 100-mile radius. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase, but it's likely I'd been lucky.
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The best on 4 wheels

by from on March 19, 2009

This is by far the best car I've had. Great on mileage comfort and very reliable. I had mine for 6 years and never had a problem with it. Only regular maintenance
This is by far the best car I've had. Great on mileage comfort and very reliable. I had mine for 6 years and never had a problem with it. Only regular maintenance
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Good Mileage and Versatility

by from Charlotte, NC on February 5, 2008

I have an Ion Quad Coupe, Level II in Cobalt Blue. Moving up from an older L Series, the car's styling is cleaner and more contemporary. The car is nicely featured and the two half doors opening back ...
I have an Ion Quad Coupe, Level II in Cobalt Blue. Moving up from an older L Series, the car's styling is cleaner and more contemporary. The car is nicely featured and the two half doors opening back makes hauling just about anything a snap. The seats are a little too hard. I took a long road trip after purchase and was not bothered by them.
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Great Reliable Commuter

by from Fredericksburg, VA on July 30, 2013

I bought the car with 40k miles. It now has 165k. I have beaten and abused the car commuting everwhere, only changing the oil very 5k and replaced pads, rotors, and one set of tires. No belts, no plug...
I bought the car with 40k miles. It now has 165k. I have beaten and abused the car commuting everwhere, only changing the oil very 5k and replaced pads, rotors, and one set of tires. No belts, no plugs. The only other problems are the faulty ignition safety switch causes the car to lock down for 10 minutes after which time it will start up. I have a part to fix that issue. I also believe i need to replace the front hubs since it sounds like a 4x4 with mudders right now. Too bad they don't make this car anymore, it is so reliable, never broken down on me in 5 years.
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My 1st car

by from cincinnati, ohio on December 25, 2008

i was able to enjoy my little 2003 saturn ion for a whole 4 months, that is untill i wrecked it. this car was my 1st car and it was fine except for a few things the car runs completely off of fuses. i...
i was able to enjoy my little 2003 saturn ion for a whole 4 months, that is untill i wrecked it. this car was my 1st car and it was fine except for a few things the car runs completely off of fuses. i had one issue where the car wouldnt start because of the battery and i couldn get the key out the ignition. After a simple jumping of the battery which was found in the trunk of the car the following fuses needed to be replaced the powersteering fuse, the light for the speedometer, and the trunk button. for a parent with kids this car would be a tough challenge i had no problem with the space in the car for i am only 5'4 and this car is great for a college student or a teenager this car is very safe and looks nice.
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very relable car

by from bethlehem, Pa on July 13, 2010

I have 136,000 miles on my Ion and have have minimal problems. If I could buy a new one today, I would.
I have 136,000 miles on my Ion and have have minimal problems. If I could buy a new one today, I would.
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by from Sac, CA on June 4, 2006

This was the first new car that I bought. We purchased it when it was just my wife and I. Then we had two children w/in 19 months. It is sold as a sedan, but there is no leg room. I am 6'4", but e...
This was the first new car that I bought. We purchased it when it was just my wife and I. Then we had two children w/in 19 months. It is sold as a sedan, but there is no leg room. I am 6'4", but even my two little ones were cramped back there with two car seats. However, I would like to say that it has a huge trunk, good gas mileage, great pick up for a 4 cyl., must be the 2.2L, and a very nice tight turning radius...great for U-turns and getting in/out of tight parking spots
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Love this car

by from Buffalo, NY on February 28, 2011

I purchased my 2003 Saturn Ion five years ago used. This is my second car ever and I absolutely love it! I've so far got slightly over 83K miles on it and have had no problems with it at all. I change...
I purchased my 2003 Saturn Ion five years ago used. This is my second car ever and I absolutely love it! I've so far got slightly over 83K miles on it and have had no problems with it at all. I change the oil and that's it. It's definitely a car for smaller people. I'm 5'3 and it's perfectly comfortable for me. I can see how taller people would be cramped in it though. For being a 4 cylider the car has alot of pep and seems to always want to pick up and go! If you take care of this car it will last for years and into over a hundred thousand miles. I reccomended this car to my grandmother who ultimately bought one for herself (2007 model) and loves it as well.
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People First (Saturn 2005)

by from Greensboro,NC on March 21, 2014

My parents owned 2 ion sedans a basic 2003 ion 2 sedan and a fully loaded to the hilt 2004 ion 2 sedan I now own a fully loaded to the hilt 2003 Saturn ion 2 Quad Coupe Thanks in part to cars.com I si...
My parents owned 2 ion sedans a basic 2003 ion 2 sedan and a fully loaded to the hilt 2004 ion 2 sedan I now own a fully loaded to the hilt 2003 Saturn ion 2 Quad Coupe Thanks in part to cars.com I simply love the car and I have been in love with Saturn cars sense I was about 5 or 6 and recently convensed my dad to get my little sister a 1998 SL2 saturns no matter the milage year or model are safe reliable and runt to drive I had a jaguar and traded it for my Saturn I love my saturns
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