2004 Saturn ION User Reviews

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    2004 Saturn ION 1 Review
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    125

    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.

    Pros: Strong Ecotec engine. large trunk. good mpg

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

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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    2004 Saturn ION 3 Coupe Review
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    45

    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.

    Pros: great on gas, adorable, not alot of them around here

    Cons: burns through alot oil

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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    2004 Saturn ION 3 Review
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    55

    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.

    Pros: 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 :(

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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    2004 Saturn ION 2 Review
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    55

    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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    2004 Saturn ION 2 Review
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    35

    My Saturn — No cupholders! I had to buy them separate! And, the seats stain REALLY easily.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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    2004 Saturn ION 2 Coupe Review
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    55

    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.

    Pros: Great all around car, good gas milliage, handled great

    Cons: once it was wrecked it was never the same

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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    2004 Saturn ION 3 Coupe Review
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    Only A Few Problems. — Very reliable car.

    Pros: good gas mileage.  dependable.

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

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    2004 Saturn ION 3 Review
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    Quick, Handles Well — The interior is comfortable enough, maybe a little snug, especially in the back seat. The 2.2 four cylinder has good acceleration, but doesn't get the same mileage as the 2.0 did. It handles very well for a sedan and is a decent looking car. For a Saturn sedan, the Ion 3SE is a nice little ride.

    Pros: Style, appearance, acceleration, handling

    Cons: Road noise!

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    2004 Saturn ION 1 Review
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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.

    Pros: 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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    2004 Saturn ION 2 Coupe Review
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    25

    A Good Car — fine looking, interior design very beautiful, the cluster in the center of the dahs is very great!

    Pros: ???

    Cons: ?!?!

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    Reviews From Other Years

    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

    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

    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

    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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