2002 SC2 vs 2007 ION.2 compare

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by marx404, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    I have been driving a brand new 2007 ION.2 (w/15" alloys) for the last 4
    days now. I am comparing it to my '02 SC2 in consideration to trade up. My
    SC2 feels quite faster than the ION although the ION is much smoother. When
    going pedal to the metal, my Sc2 (w/ 64K mi) will really take off, the ION
    seems lethargic in comparison.

    Handling via the SC2's power assist rack and pinion vs the ION's
    elctro-mechanical steering is apples and oranges too. I have to admit that I
    do have a front end strut bar and BF Goodrich Traction TA 195/15 's on the
    SC so that would problably make all the difference in the world as far as
    handling. Once I got used to the stock ION's suspension and steering, which
    felt like it has a 1 second delay in reaction time I found it to be very
    able in dry and especially rainy wet roads.

    I would assume that if I were to add a front strut bar and upgrade the tires
    as well as add in a K&N drop-in filter and mod the stock intake as I have on
    my SC, handling and performance would greatly improve? Saturn Motorsports
    has a nice strut bar for under $100. The radio in the ION doesnt sound as
    good as the SC, but I love the layout. I want a bigger car but dont want to
    give up on too much performance nor do I want to go crazy with mods. I may
    get either auto or manual, dunno yet.

    My SC is already 5 yrs old and still in great shape, it has plenty of equity
    before it gets too high mileage, as this is the last chance to get the last
    Spring Hill original and the '07 2.2 has been reworked for '07, I am
    thinking the time may be right. Whaddya ppl think about my new project car
    marx404, Jun 15, 2007
  2. marx404

    bo peep Guest

    Another option - get the '07 Ion, but get the 2.4 model. The steering
    is *much* better, and it has an extra 30 or so horses, which makes a
    big difference.
    bo peep, Jun 16, 2007
  3. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    I agree, but you can only get that engine option with level 3, which only
    comes with either leather or Velour, which in the deep south gets too hot, I
    hate velour seats and already have leather which I am geting tired of caring
    for. I like the ION.2 cloth seats best, wish they were a little better
    quality cloth, but they are just fine for me. The 2.2 has much better torque
    to HP ratio anyways, 2.2 = 145 hp, 2.4 = 170 hp, but less torque and both
    are limited by the 6500rpm cap the same. My main want this time is a manual
    drive 2.2.
    marx404, Jun 16, 2007
  4. marx404

    BläBlä Guest

    K&N's do a nice job of destroying MAF sensors. The stock air filters
    already flow more air than engines demand.
    The fate of the US auto workers is already sealed. If by chance "you"
    buying an ION would keep them working I would say go for it... At this
    rate you wont be able to buy anything US made or owned. I'd say wait and
    see how the 5dr Astra will come out and wait and see if it will be made
    over here anytime soon...

    anyway g2g
    BläBlä, Jun 16, 2007
  5. marx404

    bo peep Guest

    That's incorrect - the 2.2 has 150ftlbs @ 4,200rpm, while the 2.4 has
    164 @ 4800. I test drove the 2.2 before I got my 2.4, and the 2.4
    accelerates much better than the 2.2. It feels *almost* as strong as
    my '92 SC2 did. Also, the 2.4 is 175hp, not 170.
    bo peep, Jun 16, 2007
  6. marx404

    marx404 Guest

    I was incorrect. Actually, according to Saturn's own specs, the 2.2L is 145
    hp @ 5600 rpm, the 2.4L VVT (which is only available in the ION.3 Enhanced
    Performance pkg) is 175 hp @ 6200 rpm.
    marx404, Jun 18, 2007
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