2004 Saturn ION

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  • The ION Red Line: A Saturn for driving enthusiasts?

    May 15, 2004 by mkaresh is a Lead on Epinions in Cars & Motorsports
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Acceleration, Recaro front seats, exterior styling, rear seat access
    Cons: Poor visibility, tachometer location, gear ratios, heavy clutch, busy ride, rear seat comfort

    Summary: My review of the 2003 ION was very negative. At first I received many critical comments and emails from Saturn fans. Then the professional reviews appeared, and they similarly panned the car. So why I am driving another ION? Well, this time around I ... read more

  • happy with it two years later

    Jan 19, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: reliable, perfectly decent car
    Cons: cannot jump other cars, no open-door indicators

    Summary: We bought our 2004 Saturn Ion two years ago, have put about 30,000 miles on it, and are still happy with it. The only problems we've had: the front passenger door would not unlock with the remote (it turned out something that had been left inside ... read more

  • Not so great - I just don't get it.

    Jul 20, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Stylish 4$, Great $, ok gas mileage, good handling, good eng for V4.
    Cons: Interior finish is poor & seems cheap. Interior noise is loud over 25mph.

    Summary: I have a 2004 ION 2 with @ 11K miles. Overall a pretty good bang for the buck, however it is by NO means a great car or value. I have had the car in once this first year because both front struts were loose and one actually came off (& I needed to get ... read more

  • 2004 Saturn ION-3 Quad Coupe - Practical

    May 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Dual Rear Access Doors, Polymer Panels, and Nice Styling
    Cons: Plastic Parts of Dash, Rear Seat Room, and Sub-par Tires

    Summary: I purchased my Silver Nickel 2004 Saturn ION-3 Quad Coupe in late October of 2004. It was a spur-of-the-moment action. I traded in my Blue 2002 Saturn SC1, which had well over 40,000 miles. It was a great little, which I still miss. Anyway, one of ... read more

  • 2004 Saturn ION 2

    May 7, 2005 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Body style is nice looking, good truck space
    Cons: Seat fabric, transmission, plastic interior, cheap carpet, A/C whining, interior noise

    Summary: I purchased the ION 2 back in November of 2003 when they first came out and the main reason was because it was the cheapest on insurance. I originally went to the dealership to look at a used SL but, as a typical salesman will do he talked me into ... read more

  • 2004 Ion 3 Quad Coupe

    Mar 24, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: value for the dollar, dealer service, plastic exterior panels. ease of maintenance.
    Cons: fit and finish, overly sensitive steering, small steering wheel, noisy cabin.

    Summary: This is my third Saturn. I had a 1994 SL2, a 2000 SL2 and now this car. I bought this car based on the experience that I had with the previous two Saturns. Living in western Canada and using the car for day to day getting to work and then off to the ... read more

  • Ion 2 Coupe

    Jul 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smooth shifting of the transmission. Good handling. More room than previous Saturn coupes.
    Cons: Huge blind spot on the passenger. Worse gas mileage than I expected.

    Summary: I have had two Saturn's before this one and have had different opinions of both, but generally both have been reliable for their condition. I was not looking for another Saturn, but ended up making the last minute decision and bought the Ion 2 Quad ... read more

  • Like good wine, gets better with age...

    Jul 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Driving position, visibility, go-kart like handling, engine noise. Standard CD plays R/W media.
    Cons: Can't program keyless without dealer. No passenger assist handles. Rattles, crappy service from dealer.

    Summary: Let me start this review by stating that since I was a teenager, I wanted a Saturn. When I was in college, I was very close to buying a metallic purple '97 SC2. Looked again in 2000, and was thrilled when the L-series was released on my birthday! ... read more

  • Love the ION Quad Coupe

    May 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A lot of car for the money: good overall performance, interior/exterior quality, styling, roominess
    Cons: Lower gas mileage vs. some competitors, but little else to complain about.

    Summary: We recently went car shopping for my son, who will be heading off to college next year. After investigating the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Chevy Cavalier and a few others, we ended up with the ION, and so far, we are very happy with it. At first, we ... read more

  • Saturn Ion 2 Sedan manual transmission

    Jan 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, corners well, Price, Polymer Sides, No Haggle Pricing, good cash back/financing incentives.
    Cons: Firestone Tires, Front tends to float at highway speed, excessive wind noise, handles feel cheap.

    Summary: PRE-PURCHASE: I compared the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Kia Spectra and of course the Ion. Mostly what I was after was the most power for the smallest price tag. Anything else was just icing on the cake. The Ion has the largest engine ... read more

  • Hate Car Dealerships? Buy This Saturn. Love To Drive? Look Elsewhere.

    Jan 8, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saturn's customer service is simply amazing. The Ion's modern interior is also a plus.
    Cons: Awful steering, vague clutch, irritating shift light.

    Summary: My Experience I test drove a Saturn Ion 2 5-speed sedan at a local dealership. My test drive lasted over half an hour, and covered city streets, winding secondary roads, and the freeway. Performance A theme which you'll quickly ... read more

  • Good First Car

    Dec 27, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Affordable, good sound system, SAFE!, sleek, good first car, nice turning ability.
    Cons: Not a "sports car". Four cylinder engine. Needs care in poor weather.

    Summary: How do I know this would be a good first car? Because I'm a teen, and I have one. If you have a teen that needs a car that's 1)cheap, 2)sleek, and 3)safe, then this is your car. Parents, this is a great answer to your safety concerns. Highest rating in ... read more

  • Most pleasureable car buying expierience...ever.

    Dec 24, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Atractive styling, great handling, VTi transmission provides smooth ride, great dealership expierience!!
    Cons: Small cheesy steering wheel.

    Summary: I just recently purhcased a 2004 Saturn Ion Quad 3 Coupe. The car had everything that I could have wanted in it. Black, upgraded stereo, spoiler, power everything, all the little trinkets that the three carriers, and it was a manual. It get's great ... read more

  • Beware: you will get addicted to Saturn

    Dec 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, look and feel, rear doors, dealer experience.
    Cons: Drivers side blind spot.

    Summary: I had a used '99 SC1 that I had purchased in 2002 and intended to drive into the ground. I had a great experience at the dealership and enjoyed driving the car, even though it was fairly basic and didn't have any upgrades or power anything. The car got ... read more

  • 2004 Saturn ION 2

    Oct 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good gas mileage, great safety, affordable and spacious
    Cons: I have not found anything that I do not like about this car.

    Summary: I just purchased a 2004 Saturn ION 2. I did much research and found that this is the car that best meets my needs and criteria: reliability, warranty, durability, safety, and it has to get good gas mileage. I talked with many other Saturn owners, and a ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Ion-3 Manual Transmission: Mean Machine

    Mar 27, 2004 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Looks, style, handling, acceleration, storage space.
    Cons: Cheap plastic dash, poorly positioned armrest.

    Summary: This is a great car, simply put. Good looks, great ride, ample acceleration, huge trunk, nice seats: what more could you want? It's true that the dash is too big and made of cheap plastic. And there is a minor issue with the armrest bumping into your ... read more

  • Great Car

    Mar 21, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great Stereo, strong engine, CVT
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is a really well thought out car. There are many features for the price and it is extremely fun to drive. Performance is impressive and the car is also quite comfortable. It compares well with the frontrunners in the market like a Honda Civic. The ... read more

  • 2004 Saturn ION 2 (4 Dr).

    Feb 20, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: No rust, Saturn service, New higher end options, Mileage
    Cons: cheep plastic, The cult stereo type, marketing campaign toward high school, New model kinks...

    Summary: Can’t say enough positive things about this car. I upgraded from a 1997 SL2 and was very impressed. I am convinced that Saturn must have read epinions.com as they fixed many of the items SL owners did not like, (Interior height, Knee Room, Cup ... read more

  • My Second Saturn

    Dec 24, 2003 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Price, gas mileage, comfort, dealer experience
    Cons: Door locks

    Summary: I recently purchased a 2004 Saturn ION 1. I decided to purchase another Saturn due to the tremendous reliability/satisfaction of my 2001 Saturn. Although I purchased a base model ION (used to go to and from work), I enjoy it more than the $24,000 Ford ... read more

  • THIS IS THE GREATEST NEW CAR ON THE MARKET

    Oct 20, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: SAFETY FEATURES, SPACE, PRICE, INTERIOR, OPTIONS, EASY TO DRIVE, SMOOTH RIDE, DENT RESISTANT, AND RELIABILITY
    Cons: WHEN YOU SHIFT INTO 4TH OR REVERSE, ELBOW BUMPS THE ARM REST AND IS ANNOYING

    Summary: SLICK DESIGN, VERY ROOMY INSIDE, QUIET RIDE, LOTS OF AIRBAGS, GREAT PAINT JOB, VERY MODERN LOOKING, IT HAS POWER EVERYTHING, DOORS ARE VERY COOL, AND IT HANDLES LIKE A DREAM. ... read more

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