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2006 Saturn Ion

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/Hwy 29/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2006 Saturn Ion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 893 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

first vehicle owned

By on Sunday, November 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun drive, light/speedy, sporty, great gas mileage"

Cons: "not good in winter, too light, expensive tranny"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

After we bought it!

"Loved driving this car the past few years. It is sporty looking, has unique doors, great color, super quick and a nice interior. However, living in Montana this car is impractical. It doesn't do well on ice and snow because it is so light. During the summer months it was a great fast little car with fantastic gas mileage. Only issue would be that this particular model has a very expensive transmission so replacing it isn't worth it."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

After we bought it!

It'll drain your bank account!!

By on Thursday, November 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Nice stereo system, comfortable to drive"

Cons: "Too many repairs needed (exclud. reg. maintenance)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I fell in love with this car when I seen it. After a few months, came the problems. After a few years, came the recalls. Besides ALL of the REACALLS, it was just a complete nightmare owning the Saturn Ion. Even with regular maintenance, there was always something going on under the hood. I spent at least, 6 grand in repairs, just to keep this car in running condition. So ridiculous! Worst car I've ever had!! Wish I would've done my research on this car before buying it from a lot."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Bought the car new, most reliable car I owned!

By on Sunday, November 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very trouble free"

Cons: "Seats too shallow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased new, only issue was ignition switch, no other issues. Car has 180,000 miles now, and still drives flawless, only wish the seats were more comfortable. Car stills looks new!!!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Don't buy...

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
1/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "cute look"

Cons: "unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought this car thinking it'd be low mileage and a good commuter car. So wrong. Not sure how others were getting 30 mpg, since I'm averaging about 22. I've had an engine job done, ignition module, fuel injectors, and I haven't even had it 2 years. Check engine light comes and goes every few days as it pleases, and GM dealerships have told me it's normal. I think I'd prefer a car that does not misfire upon idling..."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very economical and reliable

By on Wednesday, October 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great economy and solid exceleration"

Cons: "short on plush features"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought the car with 1800 miles on it and have put on 80K. Gets great gas mileage (high 30's on the highway), very peppy when needed, very reliable. Did replace the ignition due to GM design flaw (they now acknowledge the problem and have issued recall). I would keep driving it, but my son needs a car now."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

owned for 5 years, never worked well

By on Thursday, September 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, comfortable seats,"

Cons: "unreliable, expensive to maintain, all plastic"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought this car with the insurance money from my first car after I totaled it. My Ion is a 2006 and had 70000 miles on the clock when I got her. During the first 3 months it spent 3 weeks in the shop trying to solve an intermittent issue where she would not start. After the first three months, the starting issue was not resolved and over half the time I would get in the car and she would not start. The dealer ( which to be clear was not affiliated with GM) would no longer take her in for inspection or warranty repair work. I then went to a different mechanic and after another 3 weeks in the shop, the problem turned out to be a fuse in the steering column. This has been a problem that other Saturn owner have reported. After 6 months of owning the Ion, it would now start reliably. Now that the starting problem was fixed, another problem became more apparent. The car would intermittently go into "engine power saving mode" and would not accelerate and infact lose speed when this happened while driving down the highway.After several hundred dollars, and YEARS of trying, I still haven't fixed this problem. As a relatively lesser problem, after my girlfriend bought me magnetic bumper stickers we discovered that NONE of the body panels hold a magnet, including the trunk. With all of the other problem I have experienced, the fact that body is 100% plastic only adds insult to injury. When the car is not acting up, it is decent to drive. It does get decent gas mileage. The steering is responsive and the ride is comfortable for both driver and passengers. Speaking of passengers, the back seat is surprisingly spacious, having plenty of leg room for two full sized adults. The trunk is average sized, perfect for my two person household. Infact, you can fit a full sized spare into the spare well. While I am not saying that my experience with this vehicle is common, I will never buy a GM vehicle again. I am counting down the days until I can afford to replace it!"

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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