2004 Saturn ION Reviews - Page 5 of 27

2004 Saturn ION Quad from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles

Summary:

It's something to drive

Faults:

Vehicle wouldn't start, even though the battery wasn't dead at 60,000.

Currently, steering wheel is stuck in lock position.

Undercarriage creaks while driving slow through dips.

Outside plastic piece on driver side door next to window finally flew off after fixing broken plastic fasteners a couple of times.

General Comments:

Head rests are great for ponytails.

However serious blind spots when trying to back-up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th May, 2010

2004 Saturn ION from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance56618 miles

Summary:

Avoid like the plague

Faults:

Very uncomfortable front and back seats.

Poor steering and response.

Brakes were very weak.

The worst of all problems is that the car will not start when it is cold outside. Then wait another 10 minutes and it will start no problem.

This car is the epitome of unreliability. Do not purchase this vehicle, you will be very very sorry.

General Comments:

Worst car ever made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th March, 2010

2004 Saturn ION from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carSaturn ION

Summary:

Love the car, but not starting is a huge pain in the butt

Faults:

Saturn Ion will not start when it is cold. In Pittsburgh Pa we are having one of the coldest winters I know, and as with any winter, when the temp suddenly drops, and always on my way to work, the car will not start. I take a small portable heater from my home and stick it in the trunk where the battery is located, and leave it there for 10 minutes, and finally it will start when whatever it is heats up.

From what I have been reading on this site, it looks like it is some grease on a relay switch; when it freezes or a sudden temp change, the grease freezes and the car will not start.

It has done it from the day I have owned it. So it was good to hear I wasn't crazy.

General Comments:

When you heat up the grease on the relay switch, it starts right up. Called Saturn and they denied a problem, but would follow up on it. Taking it is for the repair on Monday; we will see what they will do about it!

If not, I am calling the news. There must be 100 and some complaints on here of the same thing.

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

Review Date: 5th March, 2010

2nd Apr 2010, 16:31

My Saturn ION 2004 is a nice car, but unreliable. I have been late for work and my son has gotten detention. That's how many times I have been late. I wish Saturn would do something about this problem. There is enough complaints on the Internet about this problem!

2004 Saturn ION Quad Coupe from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Disappointed

Faults:

Transmission is gone. We either purchase a new transmission or a new car. Which won't be a Saturn. The seals around the quad doors went bad and leak bad!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

2004 Saturn ION from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carSaturn ION

Summary:

I still love my car!

Faults:

I have a 2004 Saturn, and have had the starting problem once in awhile.

Replaced battery and alternator as suggested, and then was told that the car sometimes thinks it's being "stolen". Wait 15 minutes and the fuel pump "resets" itself and all will start fine, LOL, makes no sense to me, but it works.

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

Review Date: 27th January, 2010

2004 Saturn ION from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

The car is not worth wasting money on

Faults:

Car won't start in cold weather. This is the third winter I've had the car, and the first winter I've been having this problem.

I invested over 10 grand in this car and it won't start in the winter?!?! That's ridiculous.

When I took it into the shop, the mechanic told me my battery was very weak, which might be the cause, so I got that replaced, although it didn't cost me what most of you have been paying for. It was 115 for the battery and 25 for labor. But anyways, that worked for about a week.

This morning I started it up just fine, went to the gas station, filled my tank and then I got nothing. It didn't start for a good 20 minutes. Sometimes when I try to start it, the engine backfires, whatever that means, doesn't sound good to me though. I'm going to try to warm the key if I have the problem again, but really though, I shouldn't have to frigging warm my key to start the car. It's not like I paid a grand for this car. If that was the case, I wouldn't be complaining so much. Cars should be built to be able to start in any weather condition, not just for warm weather.

Seats do stain easily, I usually wash them in the summer with laundry soap, some sort of scrubber, and a shop vac. It works pretty well and makes the car smell fresh, but if it rains out and gets inside the car, it may leave water marks from time to time.

Cheaply made. Plastic isn't what it's all CRACKED up to be.

Lighter plugs (or whatever their called) broke for no reason, neither of them work now.

My automatic door lock on the driver side does not work anymore. Have to manually lock it and unlock it. When this problem first occurred, it was like my car didn't register that the door was closed, so the lights inside would stay on, and of course the only way to turn them off was to take out the bulbs, then on top of that, when I locked it with the automatic lock, which sets the alarm, the driver side lock would unlock just automatically and set my car alarm off at let's say 2 in the morning. It seemed to have just broke completely so I don't have that problem anymore, but still have to lock it manually.

General Comments:

This car gets excellent mileage.

Problem is who cares about mileage when it doesn't even start?

Very small and cramped on the inside. If someone is in the passenger seat and I reach for my drink in the cup holder, I usually bump their knee.

The manufactured CD deck in it is pretty bad, looks alright though I guess.

Saturn is unreliable.

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

Review Date: 20th January, 2010

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