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2003 Saturn ION User Reviews

2003 Saturn ION Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 20 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"body" 2 reviews
"wiper" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 20 2003 Saturn ION reviews.

Bat228 writes:
2003 Saturn ION 3 Review
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4

Pros

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

Cons

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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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

Cons

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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Robert writes:
2003 Saturn ION 3 Review
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good starter car

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ugly body

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Good For Starting Drivers — high gass mileage, diffrent, hate the appearance. the body is made of diffrent material and the speedometer is in the center of the dash. the car has good acceleration and is fun to crusie in but again the body needs work.

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Ashley writes:
2003 Saturn ION Base Review
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great car, comfortable

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2003 Saturn Ion — Great car, love the placement of the speedometer and whatnot. Makes for a smaller steering wheel which is perfect for women. I have had my car for 2 years and have never had a single problem with it. It's a great car, fun to drive. The only negative thing I could possibly say is that the seats can get a little uncomfortable if you are on a long drive. Otherwise, it's a great car!

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Kaylynn writes:
2003 Saturn ION Coupe Review
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5

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its a sweet lookin ride and the coupe doors make people jealous

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a few minor things keep going wrong

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Awesome Car — This car is awesome! not only is it awesome looking, but it performs extremely well. its easy to handle and i like that the brakes arent touchy like most models out there. its only needed minor repairs like fuses that keep blowing and one time the windshield wiper came off track. It's appearance is stellar. i love the coupe doors and the low profile tires. the interior could be a little prettier, though. i'd say it gets maybe a little under par on gas mileage which is one major downfall of this car. But overall, this car is wonderful! i'd recommend it to anyone who wants to have a sweet looking ride that handles well.

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

Cons

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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Tamika writes:
2003 Saturn ION 3 Review
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The mileage was up there...

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The Very Reliable Saturn Ion — I loved this car. It's definitely not as sexy as my new car but it's a solid GM vehicle. It had amazing features. It never broke down or needed more than gas for 2 full years of me driving it.

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Leah writes:
2003 Saturn ION 2 Review
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Excellent handling

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not quick to start

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Runs Like A Dream — Good interior, good for short people, spacious for it's size, lots of trunk space.

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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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Reviews From Other Years

2007 Saturn ION Reviews

I Think This Car Is Great For Everyday Drivers And New Drivers By Rebecca

Performance - works well as an everyday car, handles well Build Quality - only needed the fuel line replaced, and tires that came with the car wore out really quickly, but outside of that everything i... Read More

Good Comuter Car By Phil

its a good gas saver thats about it. you can supe it up becase the transmission will literaly explode. its all made of plastic so its cheep to fix. the power steering motor will probly go out and make... Read More

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2006 Saturn ION Reviews

Very Reliable By kelkel8813

This was my first car. It took me around the country and back safely. GREAT on gas mileage. My only problem was that it sits very low. I'm more comfortable driving taller cars. That's way why I traded... Read More

Nice Car And Good Gas Mileage, What More Could You Ask For!? By topsecretauto

Nice car and good gas mileage, what more could you ask for!? With it being a manual, it's fun to drive! I am a huge fan of Saturn, I only wish they still made them! I like the way the car handles, an... 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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