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2004 Saturn Ion

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 30/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2004 Saturn Ion Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 906 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

Better Than Most.

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Motor, Transmission, Warranty, MPG, Style, Doors."

Cons: "Fuel Line, trunk, key issues"

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

"I got this car at 60k miles and its at about 112k. That's almost 75k miles I've put on this car. I haven't put as much work into this car as I have with other cars in this millage range. It handles, well it leaves something to be desired. It's fuel economy is great for a car this size, which is larger than a compact but not quite a Sedan. It has the 4 door suicide door setup which is cool, easy access to the the back. My biggest complaints, is that key refuses to come out, and the fuel line assembly was built poorly. Motor is great, Transmisson is great. Almost everything that was worked on in the car which is 10 years old, was all covered under warranty except fuel line, wheel bearings and the gas line. Took an impact to a deer with minimal damage. Survived 10 michigan winters, and is still running decently. I'll probally keep this car until 150k or 200k, and likely sell it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Don't Bother

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 227,256

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good gas milage"

Cons: "nothing works It continually needs something fixed"

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

"It's a money sucker for sure. Despite the factory recall and being fixed, nothing works it seems. The heat doesn't work, a big deal for a Wisconsin winter, the actual car parts, engine, etc, are faulty and everyone I know with a Saturn Ion, detests them. They fall apart and exist solely as money pits. Not worth the money I dumped into it by far."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

one of the best vehicles i have ever owned.

By on Saturday, September 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good mpg, nice body style,"

Cons: "won't sprout wings and fly"

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

"This car's value is clearly underrated. Much better than other GM cars and the best Saturn has made. I had the SL2.....was a major repair.every month.......would by another one.... I also like the body style."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great First Car - Ready To Upgrade

By on Friday, September 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "U-Turns are a breeze, picks up all right."

Cons: "Noisy, lightweight, cheap interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is my first car. I bought it with 17k and now have 105k. It has been wonderfully reliable. Some small issues, but it's never left me stranded anywhere! It's always started and run. I've taken it on several 1,000 trips and it made it through without a snag. The seats get uncomfortable at this length of a trip though. I like the compact size, and it turns corners sharp. It is too light, though. You can't take corners too quickly. You also can't accelerate too quickly from a stop because of the light weight and power. It gets pushed around by the wind on the freeway and over bridges. The light weight makes it gas-efficient, but I would rather sacrifice that for a little more stability while driving Very loud and rough ride. Too much glass and road noise. Fuel economy is pretty good. Basically, it's a great value car to get started. Now that I've driven it for 6 years, I am definitely ready for something more cozy and sturdy."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I Love this car. How many cars can go 200k miles?

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Low maintenance, reliable, fun to drive"

Cons: "Control arm bushing design."

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

"Great car. Wish Saturn had stuck around. Known issues that were repaired (apparently common to this model) Control arm bushings - front - go bad and cause a rattle at low speeds. replacement part is <$20. Moderate repair project. Ignition recall. Never had mine repaired under recall. unfortunately, i needed to repair this before the recal was announced. did it myself through Rockauto parts Air conditioning. Appears to be bad connection between switch and compressor. burned out 3 compressor clutches. When bypassed to direct auxillary switch installed under dash, no more problem. Overall, however, really a great car. Would buy again if they made new!!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

My 2006 Saturn Ion has been a great car!

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, comfortable ride, good gas mileage"

Cons: "none"

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

"My 2006 Saturn Ion 4-Door has been a great car! I bought it new and have kept up with general maintenance--oil changes at set intervals--it is the liveblood of an engine. I love how it rides, handles, and steering is awesome, especially for those Michigan left turns! It's the best car I've owned to date (that's in 44 years and that's saying something!)."

16 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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