2003 Saturn ION User Reviews

2003 Saturn ION Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"ugly car" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"wiper" 2 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews

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Bat228 writes:
2003 Saturn ION 3 Review
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4

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Great gas milage - Very Reliable - Low Maintenance costs - Awesome stereo

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Nicely equipped but not a luxury car...

Bat228
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Great Commuter And Reliable For Family — Has been a great car for the wife. Fun, safe & reliable. I see why there are so many Saturn ION followers. The maintanance has been easy and affordable, the ride is nice and smooth & the car stops fast and straight.

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stephsters8cats writes:
2003 Saturn ION 2 Review
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5

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The car is very smooth driving, comfortable, just the right size.  Very good on gas.

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Problem with knocking noise behind glove box.

stephsters8cats
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I Love The Car! — This car was purchased from a private seller who took excellent care of it. I have had very little maintenance done to it since purchasing in Feb. 2014. I would absolutely recommend this car to others. I just have to get the knocking noise behind the glove box tended to - I have been advised about this situation by several people.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kevin writes:
2003 Saturn ION Base Review
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It was inexpensive for the amount of straight-line power in a brand new econobox back in its day

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Suspension, handling, pizza cutter rims

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The Devil's In The Details. — In my young and stupid days, it blew the doors off of Korean four-cylinders in a straight line (and even beat my wife's Miata and my friend's Ford Explorer Sport Trac), but it can't handle to save its life. 159,000 miles later, the engine is still going strong after beating the hell out of it (but leaks oil), and I haven't even changed the transmission fluid. The downsides might seem minor, but they're really big to me. I've never driven something with such incompetent handling (and I was a car detailer and auto parts delivery guy in past lives). I've even done the struts, shocks, and bushings, and it still sucks. It's amazing how poorly engineered the ION1 suspension was, and it's easy to see why the level 1 was canned the very next year. It's also easy to see why GM couldn't compete in the segment. The car is ugly, and the seats are uncomfortable on long trips. As long as you change out the flawed timing chain tensioner and re- torque flywheel yourself, though, the engine is my favorite four cylinder of all time. (I hear loose flywheels are common on GM's.) I get about 27 mpg. I'm the original owner. I run synthetic oil and drive the car like I stole it at a current rate of about 30,000 miles a year.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
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Engine has had very few problems.  Rides pretty good.

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Too small, tires too expensive, lights burn out quickly, air conditioning doesn't work well.

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Wouldn't Recommend. — Too many little things have gone wrong that cost a lot to fix. Tires are super expensive for a little car.

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Jeff writes:
2003 Saturn ION 3 Review
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Still runs smooth

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dashboard is weird

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Reliable — This is my wife's car it's got 100,000 miles and it's running strong.

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John writes:
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Manuel transmission, amazing torque for a four cylinder.

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110 speed limit.

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Fun, For A While. — Its a fun little car to drive. I love it mostly because its a 5 speed and its good on gas.

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Jordan writes:
2003 Saturn ION Base Review
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Dent-resistent polymer side panels; awesome, factory-installed sound system

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engine problems

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Best Way To Go From Pt. A To Pt. B — This is the base model of the 2003 Saturn Ion. This was the first year for production of the Ion, and so there were a few kinks that needed to be worked out. They were not numerous, and included such things as an over-revving engine. this would only happen when the car shifted(automatically) from 3rd to 4th gear, and when it was accelerating uphill. Overall, this car was fantastic, so much so that we have upgraded to the mid-level 2007 Ion, which is sadly the last year for production. From start to finish, this car was and still is the absolute best way to get wherever you are going.

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Samuel writes:
2003 Saturn ION 2 Review
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3

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fuel mileage

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lock fell off...wiper blade flew off....starts hard in the cold...

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Go Day To Day Driver.... — This is a good day to day driving car, No extra power to rave about about, but good enough to get around town and to school. I like the plastic bumper and side impact resistance body..No dents on this body. Gas mileage is great....... Poor on fixed up....key lock fell out, wiper fell off....But runs good now..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rae Anne writes:
2003 Saturn ION Base Review
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i like everything about it

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the plastic like body.

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Nice — overall the car is pretty good. we havent had to really replace anything on the car except for tires. the performance is average. the apperace looks nice and the interior is comfy. the car is a nice daily driver type of car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Michelle writes:
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GREAT GAS MILEAGE!

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Saturn Makes A Great Car — It drives nice. It looks really good. It really is a SHARP looking car! It gets GREAT gas mileage. I can go to work and home for a week on a quarter tank of gas. This car is fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2007 Saturn ION Reviews

Love It By mandigom

Overall the car is great. I love Saturns. They are reliable and affordable. Great family car or student car. Has some vroom to it. Not a gas guzzling car. Typically around 22/30. I would recommend to ... Read More

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2006 Saturn ION Reviews

Good Car With Good Qualites By Husky95

Fuel Economy and Handling are great, it breaks great and accelerates great as well. The color is easily changes but the room in the car is worth the money. its for a good price and will get you where ... Read More

Its A Fine Car. By MarkBoston

Not my cup of tea body style wise, but this a great car for a college student. There isn't a ton of room in the back seats, so not a family car. But there is plenty of trunk space. And it holds up ... Read More

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2005 Saturn ION Reviews

Alas, Poor Saturn. I Knew It Well. By bitdreamer

This car has been fun and functional. But I have to admit, the good deals I find are often weird -- in this case, backwards doors, plastic shell and non-union shop -- and Americans don't go for weird... Read More

Not Worth It. By Pam

Its a cute little car, but has wayyyy to many problems. It makes so many noises and theres a problem with it every other day. Its good on gas, and gets me from point A-B most times though so no real... Read More

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2004 Saturn ION Reviews

I Loved This Car! Great Deal And Great Gas Mileage!! By topsecretauto

I was super sad to see this car sell... I loved driving this car! It got great gas mileage! Had room in the trunk to put groceries, It was fun to drive, I only wish they still made Saturn Ion's. Read More

Clean Saturn Ion. Must See By Armyranger1322

This car was so easy to drive and great on gas for if you have to travel long distances. Its also a good first car for a teenager its stylish and is a great price. It has a extremely spacous back seat... Read More

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