2004 Saturn ION User Reviews

2004 Saturn ION Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Matthew writes:
2004 Saturn ION 1 Review
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Strong Ecotec engine. large trunk. good mpg

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Interior fit and finish. Styling. Not at all engaging to drive.

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Plastique: The Saturn Rocket — Well, you get what you pay for. In the fall of 2003, my options were a 4-yr-old Civic, or a brand-spankin' new Ion. The promise of a warranty brought me to the Saturn dealer. Well, that and a rediculously high trade-in on my barely-running Subaru. What I hate most about this car is that while it really does nothing terribly, it also doesn't do anything else more than just ok. Being a pre-Lutz era GM product, it "Runs Bad Forever". It's like an old cat that you just want to die so that you can get a new kitten that won't piss on your clean towels, that just keeps pissing on the towels, and NOT dying... Every morning I wake up hoping that it's been stolen and set on fire... It will get you from point A to point B, but don't expect much more.

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Martin writes:
2004 Saturn ION 1 Review
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never shows rust and it pulls my trailer to the park without too much effort

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Not enough room for my Bouvier

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It Is Ideal For What I Use It For Mostly To Go To Work And Home — 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 little tight in the back but he likes sticking his head out of the window anyway.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kayla writes:
2004 Saturn ION 3 Coupe Review
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great on gas, adorable, not alot of them around here

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burns through alot oil

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Ion 3 — 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 all weather, the payment are a little pricy but its worth it. I would drive my car all day long if i could.

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Joseph writes:
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Ionic Breeze. — It's peppy on the highway, but has major flaws in interior build quality, comfort, handling, and general part selection. It has reliability issues with the transmission, and no way to refill it without going to see either the dealer, or an ACDELCO specialist, because your standard Pep Boys won't know how to touch that thing. It has excessive amounts of body roll, and issues with aerodynamics. A slight gust on the highway will want to propel it into the other lane, and also limits its top speed to 100mph. Seats are exceedingly uncomfortable on long trips. Even an hour and a half drive to my ex-gf's house made me want to pull over and rest my butt. And the styling on the sedan? Positively super-gleeful looking. Not aggressive whatsoever. And don't even get me started on blind-spots. On the plus sides: It has pretty good stock speakers. And the instrument "pod" in the middle is a pain at first, but now I'm so accustomed to it that it bugs me not to drive with the instruments situated there. And, like I said. Peppy acceleration. It won't win any drags or anything, but it will get you from point-A to point-B relatively effortlessly.

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William writes:
2004 Saturn ION 2 Coupe Review
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Great all around car, good gas milliage, handled great

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once it was wrecked it was never the same

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Tops From Saturn — The first car the I bought personally, and loved every minute off it. I would have held on to it longer if i hadn't gotten such a good offer on it. There is a bit of lack in performance upgrades so you have to get a little experimental or just go all custom from the shop.

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Angie writes:
2004 Saturn ION 3 Coupe Review
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4

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good gas mileage.  dependable.

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Minor problems, i.e. ignition switch bad twice in 3 1/2 yrs.

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Only A Few Problems. — Very reliable car.

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ashleyshields8 writes:
2004 Saturn ION Review
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4

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Great gas mileage an cheap parts

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no keyless entry an no cruise control

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Its A Great Car.... — This is the 4th saturn i have owned....i really like the saturn but this one is plan jane to my other ones there is no keyless entry remote starter or cruise control.....other those down falls this car is really good an i like it....makes for a good family car

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Michael writes:
2004 Saturn ION Review
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4

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light and fast

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gm 4 cylinder engines suck for reliability

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Cheap And Fast — the performance of this car is fairly high in terms of acceleration and braking, although for handling, my tires could be better the build quality is what one would expect from north america, not to good... it looks damn good it is cheap to buy and the gas mileage could be worse but it is a blast to drive

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

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Adam writes:
2004 Saturn ION 3 Review
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cheap to buy and insure. gets good gas mileage

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not enough power and most of the car is made out of plastic

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Lots Of Nicer Cars Out There. Use This Car As A To B Transport Only. — Performance: acceleration, braking, and handling are all well behind the competition. Build Quality: plastic car...beware. Appearance: looks ok inside and out. Nothing to brag about. Cost of Ownership: gets great gas mileage and is cheap to buy parts for. Fun Factor: fun at first but that wears off pretty quick.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Malissa writes:
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Handles good

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I have none yet

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Its A Good Car — Sound system is fantastic. Good acceleration but can be jumpy at times. I love the color of my car. I got the car for a great price which was within my buget. I love driving this car. I dont know what i would do without it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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2003 Saturn ION Reviews

I Love The Car! By stephsters8cats

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 othe... Read More

Great Commuter And Reliable For Family By Bat228

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 fas... Read More

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