2004 Saturn ION Level 2 2.2 Ecotec from North America
Dependable and forgettable
Mechanically (engine and transmission) the car has been great, knock on wood. I have had to replace the usual wear and tear items, brakes, oil change, tires etc. It's all not roses and sunshine however.
The quality of this car is overall poor. The vehicle rattles profusely, the electrics of the car are a nightmare (window motor wires broke at the door jamb, power locks work intermittently, and the gauges go haywire occasionally). The seats stain easily, even water leaves stain marks.
Overall this is an affordable commuter car. It has an extremely cheap interior and shoddy build quality. But where it counts, reliability and cost to run, it has been there for me... knock on wood!
Overall, if you need a car to get you from point A to B, the Ion is an affordable ride. There have been serious quality issues that some owners have reported that I have not personally experienced. Just make sure to do research first. Also the resale value is horrible.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd October, 2016
24th Oct 2016, 17:01
Well, "horrible" resale value would be a definite plus for anyone looking to buy one now...
30th Oct 2016, 03:08
"window motor wires broke at the door jamb"
This was a widespread problems with vehicles of 1960s-1970s - you would open the driver's door, keep a finger on the button of the dead window while pulling on the wiring harness running from the door to the body, this way and that, and the window would suddenly, miraculously spring back to life.
Fine-stranded wire is what you need to survive XXX,XXX cycles of door openings/closings. GM cost accountants are still learning, I guess ;)
30th Oct 2016, 13:50
"GM cost accountants are still learning I guess ;)"
No, actually they learned a long time ago... how to cut just enough corners to enable a part to last until the warranty runs out. Save money and get $ for the dealer on the replacement part and labor. (©¿©)