2004 Saturn ION Reviews - Page 27 of 27

2004 Saturn ION Ion 1 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance143 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Drive one and see for yourself how nice it is, overall

Faults:

Nothing is wrong with the car so far.

General Comments:

I own a 2000 Saturn LS. There were some minor problems with it regarding the starter.

I returned to the same Saturn dealer to find out what was new in the 2004 lot. I purchased an Ion 1 and am very impressed. There is more room in it than the 2000 LS and it handles better due to the new steering electronic design and wheel. It turns sharper as well.

The battery is in the trunk to stave off temperature changes in the hood, but one can still jump the battery from the hood through an attachment. Overall, it is a smart car and fun to own.

Apparently, Saturn listened to its customers.

I wish it did not have Firestone tires, though.

I am now a Saturn fan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2003

4th Feb 2004, 15:58

I was in front of a new (sticker still on window) Saturn Ion on the freeway a couple days ago (Jan. 2) and noticed the front edge of the hood flutter violently at @65 MPH. It was intermittent, and I noticed it for a couple miles, to be sure I really saw what I saw. Not very impressive.

19th Feb 2004, 09:02

Was the hood latch closed? Did you ask if it was? Is that all you can find wrong with the car? Not very impressive criticism.

2004 Saturn ION 1 2.2 Ecotec from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Ecotec Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32 miles
Most recent distance220 miles
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

Excellent value car

Faults:

Small amounts of wind noise when driving freeway speeds (60-70Mph). I didn't notice it until I listened for it.

General Comments:

The car performs very well, has much more spunk than my '95 neon did. The 5-speed automatic transmission really helps with acceleration too.

I really like the way the car looks, especially the center-mounted instrument panel.

Smaller than average steering wheel gives you more leg room. It seemed a little strange at first, but I quickly got used to it.

Overall, this is a great car, worlds better than what I was driving before.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2003

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 95 reviews