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2 Coupe
Avg. Price: $5,786
Avg. Price: $5,805
3 Coupe
Avg. Price: $5,646

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Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 25 reviews

Ion 3 by Kayla
 — I love my car its great havnt had any problems with it so far. (knock Knock) great on gas. Great breaking pretty good acceleration, really good at speeding, i havnt had to repair anything yet, good in... Read More
Quick, Handles Well by Daryl
 — The interior is comfortable enough, maybe a little snug, especially in the back seat. The 2.2 four cylinder has good acceleration, but doesn't get the same mileage as the 2.0 did. It handles very well... Read More
It Is Ideal For What I Use It For Mostly To Go To Work And Home by Martin
 — Overall I love its performance and handling. It has good build quality inside and out. People are surprised to find out it is a Saturn as some think it is a much more luxurious car. My dog is a littl... Read More

2004 Saturn ION Overview

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2004 Saturn ION

The 2004 Saturn Ion added some excitement to the lineup with two new variations: the Special Edition sedan and the Red Line coupe.  The Special Edition sedan has a black exterior with a refurbished leather interior and special standard features including a compass and outside temperature gauge.  The Red Line coupe  maintains the same 4 door design as the original quad coupe.  However, the new trim's modestly altered appearance belie the 205 horses running under its hood.
Besides the Red Line, the Ion has kept its original 5 trims: Sedan 1, Sedan 2, Sedan 3, Coupe 2, and Coupe 3.  All 5 still use a 2.2 L, 140 hp I4 engine with standard 5 speed manual transmission.  The sedans seat 5 and have optional 5 speed automatic while the non-Red Line coupes seat 4 and offer optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).  Fuel consumption generally ranges from 24 mpg in the city to 32 mpg on the highway.  Cargo space for all trims averages out to around 14.5 cubic feet, with sedans coming in at 14.7 and coupes giving you 14.2.
The main differences in the original Ion from 2003 to 2004 come in steering, handling, and road noise.  Drivers appreciate the electric variable-ratio steering, a technology that helps the car make tighter turns.  New materials have deadened sound and vibration to a level equal to other compact models.  Despite the improvements, consumers would like more durability, less road noise, and a more stylish interior in the Ion.  The 2004 Saturn Ion gives consumers solid performance for their dollar but may disappoint anyone looking for anything more.


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Saturn ION Questions

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I Need To Know The Size Of The Roll Pin That Attaches The Shifting Mechanis...

The roll pin that attaches the shifting mechanism to the shaft sticking out of the transmission sheared off on both sides and so it would no longer shift at all. Got it all tore apart, and got the pie...

40 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)

Cold Weather Starting Issues With 2004 Saturn Ion

Call will not start if temps drop below 40 or so. When I am able to get it started, it runs like a champ... Doesn't like cold weather at all even though it is garage kept at night?? Park in parking ...

417 views with 4 answers (last answer about a month ago)

I Have Saturn Ion 2004 2.2l Engine. The Engine Turns Over And Cranks But Wo...

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Clicking Noise

Someone pranked my granddaughters car by putting powdered sugar down the air vents. No the car is making a clicking noise on the passenger side. The manual states there is a filter behind the glove c...

131 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)

I Have A 2004 Saturn Ion. Yesterday A Clicking Noise Started In The Area O...

I had hit a deer with my car. Seat belts locked up and the air bag had to be disconnected. Yesterday a clicking noise started in the area of the air bag on the passenger side. It is very annoying b...

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