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2003 Saturn ION Overview

After a long and successful run, Saturn decided to replace the S-Series with the Ion in 2003. The new model gave loyal Saturn consumers a roomier, sportier, and more powerful version of what they had come to expect over the years. As in previous Saturns, the 2003 Saturn Ion used polymer based panels to minimize scratches and dents. In addition, the car operates with a 2.2 L, 140 hp engine, an improvement from the 1.9 L and 124 hp in the most powerful S-Series trims.

The 2003 Saturn Ion comes in 5 different trims: Sedan 1, Sedan 2, Sedan 3, Coupe 2, and Coupe 3. All trims have standard 5 speed manual transmission with optional ABS brakes and traction control. The sedans have optional 5 speed automatic while the coupes offer optional continuously variable transmission (CVT; see earlier Saturn VUE models). In addition, all trims give you 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The coupes seat 4 and the sedans seat 5. Other innovations include 4 doors on the coupes and trunk space in the sedans that has increased almost 2.5 cubic feet from the S-Series.

Overall, consumers agree that the 2003 Saturn Ion represents an upgrade from the S-Series. However, many wonder whether Saturn did too little too late. Occasionally rough handling, road noise, and internal vibrations detract from the driving experience while hurting Saturn's initial position against competitors such as the Civic and the Corolla. Like Chicago Cubs fans, Saturn consumers would have to wait til next year for the home team to come through in the clutch.

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Saturn ION Questions

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What Would Be Cause Of My Saturn Not Starting?

I have a 2003 Saturn Ion and when I turn key over it just clicks, but here's the problem, it will start when it's jumped. I was told it was starter and I had it replaced, it wasn't solved. My son i...

Electrical Issues

I was driving and all of the lights and radio went out. My blinker didn't work either. Stopped to check the exterior lights and when I got back in the car it would not let me put it in gear. On the ...

How To Open The Trunk On 2003 Saturn Ion When Key Wont Work

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Locks

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Free 2003 Saturn Ion Owner's Manual .pdf

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