2006 Saturn Ion
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Surprisingly Awesome Car

by from New Jersey on October 21, 2011

I bought this car after a really traumatic accident, which left us thankfully ok, but sadly killed my beloved custom v6 Dodge. After a shock like that I decided safety was my top concern, and I found ...
I bought this car after a really traumatic accident, which left us thankfully ok, but sadly killed my beloved custom v6 Dodge. After a shock like that I decided safety was my top concern, and I found my Saturn Ion which admittedly was a big change for me. I was a 6 cyl girl and this little car seemed like a one way ticket to the realm of boring soccer mom. I was wrong! I was happily surprised how much pick up he has and how well he handles. Gas mileage is excellent, durable interior and exterior that stand up to a 9 year old AND a toddler's car abuse, huge trunk, comfortable seats which are totally adjustable so even my dad and brother who are well over 6ft can drive comfortably. Radio/cd/sound is great, plus theres an aux jack for ipods. The layout of the car took a few days to get used to, but overall I feel it keeps your eyes more focused on the road. The center console is a bit small, but there are plenty of other places to stash napkins and stuff, so it makes up for it. Huge pocket behind front passenger for extra storage. Plus its a great looking car, not boxy or bubbly, nice and streamlined. Most importantly, he is a reliable car and I feel safe. Excellent value and a gem of a car!!!
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saturn ion 2006 "A GREAT CAR"

by from princeton ma on July 1, 2010

i have been driving my daughters 2006 saturn ion for 6 months. it's a great car!! i find it very comfortable, it handles well and the gas mileage is awesome. this is the fourth saturn that our family ...
i have been driving my daughters 2006 saturn ion for 6 months. it's a great car!! i find it very comfortable, it handles well and the gas mileage is awesome. this is the fourth saturn that our family has owned. it's a great car and very reliable.
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loved the gas mileage with the price of gas

by from Milwaukee on January 29, 2010

With the gas prices keeping above $2.50 per gal the mileage can't be beat for the comfort of the car. Big car feel.
With the gas prices keeping above $2.50 per gal the mileage can't be beat for the comfort of the car. Big car feel.
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The good and bad

by from Chandler, AZ on August 16, 2007

We've had a 2006 Saturn Ion 3 for over a year and it drives well, like the handling, like the interior controls -easy to use while driving and attractive. Big trunk has been very nice. We've had to ha...
We've had a 2006 Saturn Ion 3 for over a year and it drives well, like the handling, like the interior controls -easy to use while driving and attractive. Big trunk has been very nice. We've had to have the ignition replaced, some cable tied down that was rattling in the back, and the hinge for the mirror on the sunshade broke on one side and we hardly ever use it. A friend of ours bought an Ion 3 coupe and the paneling between the doors broke off while they were driving on the freeway. The foot room in back is only good for kids about 6 yrs and under, and especially leaves room to be desired with a carseat in one of the seats. The console is small, but big enough for a phone charger and gum. The cupholders are small and are right in front of the AC controls and cups are in the way when trying to put the car into park. The ridges on the roof sometimes make noise at freeway speeds -a whistling sound -louder than the engine. No engine problems other than the ignition though, it's been pretty reliable. Sorry we recommended it to our friends and don't recommend Saturn to anyone else -wished they used higher quality materials.
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No problems whatsoever

by from Atlanta, GA on June 20, 2009

I've had my Saturn for five years and have put on 80,000 miles in hard city driving. The car has required nothing beyond oil changes, front brakes, and a set of tires. That's it. The paint quality is...
I've had my Saturn for five years and have put on 80,000 miles in hard city driving. The car has required nothing beyond oil changes, front brakes, and a set of tires. That's it. The paint quality is outstanding. Fit and finish are good, and the ride is smooth, provided you buy quality tires and rebalance them occasionally. Ions came with electric steering, which reduces noise and allows the car to vary the steering response depending on vehicle speed. They also have drive-by-wire throttle control, providing snappy engine response. My Ion is the RedLine version, which comes with an Eaton supercharger, intercooler, and a heavy duty five speed transmission. The car puts down 205hp yet weighs 2800lbs thanks to the aluminum block and transmission case. You can't find a car this fast for the money. Overall I'd highly recommend it.
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Great car

by from Rochester, NY on October 11, 2011

I've had my Saturn Ion Redline for 6 months and I absolutely love it. It's a great little sports car. It has a few modifications and it's supercharged, so it really gets up and goes for a 4cyl car. I ...
I've had my Saturn Ion Redline for 6 months and I absolutely love it. It's a great little sports car. It has a few modifications and it's supercharged, so it really gets up and goes for a 4cyl car. I haven't had any issues with it, only thing is I need to warm it up a bit on cooler days or she hesitates a little. Other than that it's perfect.
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Bob

by from PHX on July 5, 2006

I've had this ION for three years and have experienced no problems. It's a five speed with enough get up and go to be fun, but it is still affordable. I enjoy drivinig it. It also looks as good as ca...
I've had this ION for three years and have experienced no problems. It's a five speed with enough get up and go to be fun, but it is still affordable. I enjoy drivinig it. It also looks as good as cars costing twice as much!
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My dream car....One of them...

by from Michigan on May 19, 2014

I am a Saturn enthusiast! I purchased a 2006 Saturn Ion 3 Quad Coupe and absolutely love it! When I left the house that day I had no plans to purchase a vehicle. When I did a search for a Saturn and f...
I am a Saturn enthusiast! I purchased a 2006 Saturn Ion 3 Quad Coupe and absolutely love it! When I left the house that day I had no plans to purchase a vehicle. When I did a search for a Saturn and found this cherry, I got it the same day. Thank yo Cars.com
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Great used car for the money.

by from Silver Spring, MD on January 17, 2012

Bought my 2006 Saturn ION 3 a couple of months ago. It had 109,000 miles on it. So far it is doing great. Fun to drive, good gas mileage. Great looking sedan. Plenty of room for the wife and kids.
Bought my 2006 Saturn ION 3 a couple of months ago. It had 109,000 miles on it. So far it is doing great. Fun to drive, good gas mileage. Great looking sedan. Plenty of room for the wife and kids.
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One of the most reliable cars I've owned!!!!

by from Phoenix, Arizona on February 19, 2008

I bought my 2006 Ion2 5 speed new. Great safty ratings. In the past two years I only had some minor decrative repairs that the warrenty took care of, I put over 45,000 miles on it. The 2.2L ecotec wit...
I bought my 2006 Ion2 5 speed new. Great safty ratings. In the past two years I only had some minor decrative repairs that the warrenty took care of, I put over 45,000 miles on it. The 2.2L ecotec with the manual tran. gets good power and good gas milage. I was able to out do a 2006 Honda Civic SI by alot. So much for the SI... The plastic non dentable body works great. I work at a Home depot and my car gets hit by carts daily. I will be giving the car to my mother and with no worries because of the relibilty safety of the car. I love the gauges in the center. Its very different. It's one of the funest cars to drive that I've owned. I did get my money's worth in this car.
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