04 Ion coupe electric steering

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by Mark, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    I've had my 04 ion for about 30 days now and still having problems
    getting use to the electric steering on freeways. In the city...no
    problem, but on the freeway yicks! Couple posts I've read mention that
    saturn improved the calibration to improve the feel. Going straight
    ok, but those little adjustments are work. At first there is no
    assist, then assist kicks in so you have to be careful not to
    oversteer. I drive 1 of 3 cars during the week and the Saturn is the
    only one that I have problems with. Anyone else have any input into
    the steering setup on new Ions?
    Mark, Sep 23, 2004
  2. Mark

    Blah Blah Guest

    I think they might be able to tweak your steering with a Tech II at the
    dealership to suit your needs. At least they used to do that with luxury
    cars with magnasteer.
    Blah Blah, Sep 23, 2004
  3. Mark

    Jeremiah Guest

    this is kinda off topic but I know the old Toyotas had an electric power
    steering that would shut off after or reduce the amount of power steering at
    about 35 or so, when you don't really need it, I thought it was a good idea,
    sure would be nice is Saturn engineers would have thought about that. maybe
    next year?

    Jeremiah, Sep 24, 2004
  4. Mark

    Blah Blah Guest

    Huh? Thats called variable-effort steering. Saturns with electric power
    steering have that now. Thats what Mark's post is about.
    Blah Blah, Sep 24, 2004
  5. Oh god. I motherfucking HATE that 'feature' :mad: I paid for p/s, I
    expect power at all speeds. It's one of my BIG pet peeves with my

    Yes, I know the old excuse for it is 'road feel'. Big whoop. There's
    no such thing as road feel in a car. You want road feel, get a
    motorcycle, where you actually CAN feel the road.
    Philip Nasadowski, Sep 24, 2004
  6. Mark

    Blah Blah Guest

    I think the main intent is to help prevent over steering not for road
    Blah Blah, Sep 24, 2004
  7. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Prevent over steering? Guess again...in my book it's worst. I started
    to pass a car on a 2 lane road, hit the accelerator, turn the
    wheel...yicks I had to make 3 or 4 quick corrections before car was
    going straight. Didn't feel good at all...kinda like out of control
    for a split second. I'm stopping at the dealership tonight to test
    drive another ion couple to see if it's my car, me nature of the
    beast. I've never driven a car that is this unconfortable to steer.
    Everything elese is fine. Well except for the loud fan noise when on
    low speed. Doesn't appear to be a "oh you have to get use to the
    electric steering like the sales manager told me". It's kinda like the
    feeling you get when you back a car at a faster then normal speed.
    Steering feels totaly different and hard to make correct adjustments.
    Mark, Sep 29, 2004
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