2003 Saturn Ion Consumer Reviews

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2003 Saturn Ion
4.2
Average based on 18 reviews
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Loved the Car when I first got it

by from New Haven, CT on April 18, 2011

I loved my Saturn when I first got it which was in October of 09' so yeah it was a used car. But I thought that it was a cute car. I learned quickly that it stinks in the winter time. When ever the te...
I loved my Saturn when I first got it which was in October of 09' so yeah it was a used car. But I thought that it was a cute car. I learned quickly that it stinks in the winter time. When ever the temperature drops below 30 degrees fahrenheit that is when I usually have the most problems with it. I have noticed on a different site that someone had posted they lived in WA and moved to Southern CA and when the moved they had no problems. I have work early in the morning and I am usually out there for 20 mins trying to get the car to start and no one can tell me what it is that is causing that problem. Other than that I love the car. But keep in mind I live in New England and our winters can be pretty bad. So just a heads up other than the starting problem in the Winter time it is a GREAT Car.
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Great car for a decent price

by from Plymouth, MI on August 20, 2009

I love my Saturn Ion, it is the best car I have ever owned. It has needed minimal repairs since I bought it (tires and rims, but the rims were NOT the stock rims). It handles beautifully and runs well...
I love my Saturn Ion, it is the best car I have ever owned. It has needed minimal repairs since I bought it (tires and rims, but the rims were NOT the stock rims). It handles beautifully and runs well in all weather. If you are looking for a used car, it is a great option!
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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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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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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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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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2003 Saturn Ion

by from Missouri on June 26, 2008

I purchased my Ion used. It has been worth my money for the most part. The only problem I have had with my Ion is the random times when it wont start. It usually takes 15 - 20 Minutes to get it starte...
I purchased my Ion used. It has been worth my money for the most part. The only problem I have had with my Ion is the random times when it wont start. It usually takes 15 - 20 Minutes to get it started. But I do love my Ion =]
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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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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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