2006 Saturn ION Overview


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2 Auto
Avg. Price: $6,326
2 Manual
53 national listings
3 Auto
Avg. Price: $6,794
3 Coupe Auto
Avg. Price: $7,167
3 Coupe Manual
Avg. Price: $5,957
3 Manual
12 national listings
Avg. Price: $5,980
Coupe Auto
Avg. Price: $6,621
Coupe Manual
Avg. Price: $5,885

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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 19 reviews

Love My Ion by Kirk
 — Bought it for mileage, keeping it because its fun to drive. Used as a commuter car (45 miles each way). reliable, good in snow or on ice Recently completed a cross-country trip and found it to be am... Read More
Love This Car! by Scott
 — I have had this car since December 2005, it had 137km on it when I got the keys (after being driven down to me from the Fredericton dealership). The only con I could even think of was that the rear b... Read More
Loved It! by Jennie
 — Good on gas. Had some power when you needed it. Very comfortable. The suicide doors made it very convient. Nice handling. Went through alot and was always in one piece. Loved it. Good first car. Roomy... Read More

2006 Saturn ION Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 19 reviews

2006 Saturn ION

Saturn continued to tinker with the Ion in 2006 and made solid progress.  Perhaps the most drastic change came from eliminating the Sedan 1 and creating separate automatic and manual versions for each remaining non-Red Line trim.  This brought the total trim count to 8, including the Ion 2 Sedan automatic, Ion 2 Sedan manual, Ion 3 Sedan automatic, Ion 3 Sedan manual, Ion 2 Coupe automatic, Ion 2 Coupe manual, Ion 3 Coupe automatic, and Ion 3 Coupe manual.  In addition, the Ion 3 sedans and Ion 3 coupes came with an optional 2.4 L, 170 hp I4 engine, also known as the Enhanced Performance Package.
All trims still come with a standard 2.2 L, 140 hp I4 engine with either 4 speed automatic or 5 speed manual.  Cargo space still comes out to 14.7 cubic feet for the sedans and 14.2 cubic feet for the coupes while gas mileage averages out across the trims at around 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway.  Saturn dropped prices even more and altered the center dash for more interior room.  The coupes still have the unique 4 door design with 2 larger doors in front and 2 adjacent smaller doors for easier access to the back.  
Overall, reviewers appreciate the Ion's evolution into a well-balanced, affordable compact with plenty of optional features.  Handling and steering have improved without sacrificing the trademark features that gained the Ion a loyal following.  Some drivers would still like to see the Saturn Ion catch up to the competition with interior design and materials.  However, despite the minor qualms, the public agrees that the 2006 version represents the best Ion yet.


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Saturn ION Questions


I Replaced Alternator In 2006 Saturn Ion And I Tired To Start My Car After ...

I changed my alternator and my battery was dead from last time I drove it home overnight. After replacing alternator, jumped battery and nothing car will not take jump nor start. Only click click and ...

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,the Relay Base Has Batt Voltage In Two Terminals

I took out some relays out of fuse box base,now I dont know how to Install them back, the relays have numbers but not the base,with ignition off I used a volt meter to test cooling fan and found vol...

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

Idle Drops On Braking

2006 Ion - less than 41K miles - When I remove foot from gas pedal and apply brakes engine goes to very low idle and them picks up. Feels like engine is going to stall. Never seems to go below 7K rpm,...

35 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

Does The 2006 Saturn Ion Have A Cover Over The Front Of Engine Compartment ...

27 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)

Where Do U Put Pwr Steering Fluid? I Couldnt Find The Canister Anywhere

My pwr str light came on and then power steering went out. No problems prior. I think I may need to add fluid

2,829 views with 5 answers (last answer 6 months ago)