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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"handling" 4 reviews
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"power" 3 reviews
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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.

Cons

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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Matthew writes:
2004 Saturn ION 1 Review
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2

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Strong Ecotec engine. large trunk. good mpg

Cons

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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Dillon writes:
2004 Saturn ION 3 Review
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4

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unique tires, leather upholsetry, 6-disc cd changer, speedy on city roads, stand-out-of-the-crowd blue color, good gas mileage, decent-sized trunk

Cons

rear window doesnt roll down, shakes a little after you put it into park, a/c saps acceleration, side-view mirrors don't move elcetroinically, back door has truoble shutting all the way, back seats seemed cramped, no sunroof or spoiler :(

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Cool Car — the acceleration is very good in my opinion, better than the old saturn we used to have. the brakes are smooth, and they don't jerk at all, and they are quick when pressed. handling is quite easy, steering is very good. not to hard or rough. build quality is ok. it needs some repairs like the rear window doesnt roll down. the battery did die once over the first year, but thats because it was used and it is 4 years old now, so it probably needs a new battery. appearance is what drew me to it. the electrick blue color, the unique shiny wheels, the leather upholstery. 6-disc CD changer (thank god). interior is much more modern than older saturns. love that the speedometer is the middle of the dash. gas mileage is good. only get gas maybe 2-3 times a week. it does need attention in the maintenance. it is very speedy and very smooth, and an all around fun car to drive.

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topsecretauto writes:
2004 Saturn ION 2 Review
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5

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I Loved this car!!!

Cons

not much

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I Loved This Car! Great Deal And Great Gas Mileage!! — 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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
2004 Saturn ION Review
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4

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easy to work on, very easy to drive, still has a lot of miles left in it

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none

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Its A Good First Car But I Wouldnt Want To Keep This Thing Forever. — Pretty good on gas milage for being a bigger sized car. its only a 4 cylinder and braking is pretty good. I barely have to put any money into it except for gas since i drive a lot but it gets around 25 mpg. overall its a fun car to drive i am the cars second owner i bought it from a family that bought it new. it currently has around 128,500 miles on it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dave writes:
2004 Saturn ION 3 Review
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gas milage

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everything

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This Car Sucks — personally i think that my saturn ion is a peice of crap it handles like a boat it has absolutley no power for acceleration i guess it brakes good. the front shockes are junk. it looks like a kids toy just in larger form. it is boring to drive. The only good things i can say about it is its good on gas and gets me from a to b. sorry to those jobless people out there but if all you can afford to pay for the gas in a car you shouldent be driving it at all

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris3195 writes:
2004 Saturn ION 1 Review
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Pretty much nothing. It started when I turned the key.

Cons

Dent-resistant body panels made the car feel cheap as dirt. No ABS or side airbags.
Manual everything. 14" wheels. I could go on and on... They don't make them anymore.
Take that as a hint.

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A Hot Mess... — This was my first car. I'd be lying if I said I missed it. It was about as base as one could get a new car these days; manual windows and locks. I DID have A/C and a CD player though! Build quality was poor. This car was cheap to buy and certainly felt like it. It eventually met it's demise.

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Joseph writes:
2004 Saturn ION 2 Review
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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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Douglas27 writes:
2004 Saturn ION 2 Review
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4

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The tachometer and speedometer are not located behind the wheel, but in the center dash at the same level as the side mirrors, tilted toward the driver. This is the best position for them bar far.

Cons

The gear-shift light on the dash kept making me thing something was wrong because it kept lighting up.

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Affortable Solid Performance. — The Saturn ION is backed by General Motors and has a very good build quality. he body is carbon composite which means no dings. The interrior is very roomy and has a medium-sized trunk for a car.

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Nick writes:
2004 Saturn ION 3 Coupe Review
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5

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Suicide rear doors, peppy, dent resistant panels, great gas mileage.

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speedometer display is in the middle of the dashboard

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Wifes Car — Incredible car that looks like a two door, but has two rear doors that open suicide style.

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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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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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2006 Saturn ION Reviews

Quite And Reliable By BSICILIANO1

This 2006 Saturn Ion a mid sized car. The vehicle maintenance cost are low however the rear seating has minimal leg room.The vehicle handles well on the road and runs quite.The car has a silver exteri... 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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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

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

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