2003 Saturn ION Reviews - Page 7 of 16

2003 Saturn ION Automatic from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic Don't Know

Faults:

In the last 5 months we had almost $2,000 in repairs--we had to replace the control arms and the struts.

The steering belt is faulty and grates, and the brakes squeak at times.

General Comments:

I love the style and design of the car. It also has great pick-up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th September, 2008

2003 Saturn ION Ion 2 2.2 Liter from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Liter Don't Know
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance88700 miles
Previous carGMC Pickup

Summary:

Trying to rip off the blue collar workers!

Faults:

Do Not buy a 2003 Saturn Ion With the CVT (Constantly Variable) Transmission, GM does not build a rebuild kit for this transmission and the dealership and any other place wants $4800 for a new one! They quit putting them in the car because they knew it was a faulty transmission. Don't let Saturn give you NO for a answer, go to the Attorney General and file a complaint, they WILL get you taken care of! No transmission specialist I have spoken with expect these trannys to last over 100,000 miles, which is pathetic for a car. BEWARE! My car had just over 88,000.

General Comments:

Smooth ride until this happened. Also finding a lot things seem to come apart. Plastic pieces in fenders and around bumper. Not well built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th August, 2008

2003 Saturn ION 2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

CRAP in cold weather

Faults:

My car won't start up when it's cold. I have a 2003 Saturn Ion 2. Apparently there is a recall on this car for the ignition problems.

I called Saturn and they told me based on my VIN that the recall is not on my car... CRAP.

I took it to the Saturn dealership for them to look at it, they said nothing was wrong with it. I KNOW something is wrong with it.

Saturn DOES need to be sued!!! I have 2 infants, so I can't wait 1 hour in the cold with my two babies waiting for this POS car to crank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th July, 2008

2003 Saturn ION from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carSaturn ION

Summary:

It is one problem after another!

Faults:

The day I bought my car the horn didn't work.

Air bags were not properly installed.

Windshield washer fluid was found in my brake fluid.

Cooling fan cracked.

Faulty turn signal connection, I had to replace the same bulb 3 times in 2 years.

No power coming from body control module causing other electrical problems.

Gear shifter gets stuck and won't go out of park until car warms up for a while.

The car jerks when I stop then go.

Hub caps will not stay on, the bolts have to be tightened every couple of weeks.

General Comments:

This car gets good gas mileage.

It was reasonably priced.

Was a good first car minus having to put a lot of work into it.

The material of the seats stains too easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

2003 Saturn ION 2 2.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Distance when acquired49011 miles
Most recent distance49161 miles
Previous carHyundai Elantra

Summary:

Obviously major problems, not disclosed

Faults:

Ignition switch locked up and car will not start. I'm seeing this is a problem on several websites. If you own a Saturn with an ignition issue, please file a complaint at: www.nhtsa.gov. This is the only way to trigger a recall for an obviously defective system.

General Comments:

Only had it 8 days, and it's sitting in a parking lot with the anti-theft system keeping it from starting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2008

2003 Saturn ION Level 2 Ecotec 2.2 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Ecotec 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carChrysler Cirrus

Summary:

New or used, DON'T BUY A SATURN!

Faults:

-Imagine finding oil splattered all over the under-carriage and back of the car after a trip down the expressway... that happened to me!

-I can't open my trunk via the button inside the car anymore

-My keys won't turn the ignition at times, and whenever it does I can pull the key out when the car is still running!

-I lose wheel studs left and right! And at $16 a piece from the dealer it's getting very expensive to have to replace a lug (or two, or three) every couple of weeks!

-My car wouldn't start up one day after I had just turned it off (at a convenient store), not a click. Miraculously it cranked after about a half an hour. I took it to the dealer and they told me they fixed it, only to find that it did it again before I drove off of their lot!

General Comments:

I've been having several problems with this car. I promise you, I will never buy another Saturn again. The service was horrible, the salesman lied about the warranty, and the car is a lemon. What have I gotten myself into?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2008

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 78 reviews