2004 Saturn ION Overview


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2004 Saturn ION Overview

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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    Problem Starting 2004 Saturn Ion

    I recently had to replace the complete ignition for a 2004 Saturn ion. Now everything is installed and ready to drive but it cranked over once but would not start. Then a second try and nothing. ...

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer 23 hours ago)

    2004 Saturn Ion Wont Go Over 15mph

    My 2004 saturn ion wont go over 15mph. The rpm's go up and its really doggy sounding too. My starter went before this all happened

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    Stalling In Second...?

    I bought a 2004 Ion 2 Coupe new. Recently it started stalling in second gear. It stalled four times this evening and the power steering went out at the same time. The radio still played and all the l...

    237 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Car Wont Start

    after changing starter and alternator car still will not start and after jumping the car it wont hold a charge its a 04 saturn ion

    4 views with no answers yet

    I Have A 2004 Saturn Ion. The Battery Keep Going Dead. Will Run Good For Tw...

    Can jump off car. It cranks good for a few days then go dead again.

    556 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)