What's the Skinny on the Ion's?

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by Skid, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. Skid

    Skid Guest

    Hello group,

    I have been researching my next car, and want to know the skinny on the
    Ion's? Not too much talk about the Ion here, so that must be good, as most
    posts are negative. The auto reviews from a style point of view, isn't too
    positive, but I feel the price and low maintenance cost are more important.
    I would have to test drive to see how it feels. The reviews on reliability
    are good; better than the Nissan Sentra. I read a review that the Ion has no
    locking fuel filler door? Is this true? Also read the tires weren't very
    good in the rain (sounds like my 95 SL2), so I guess the snow and ice would
    be terrible.

    Thanks for any input.
    Skid, Apr 7, 2004
  2. Skid

    BANDIT2941 Guest

    I haven't really heard too much negative about it. I guess if you can get over
    its horrible looks it would be an ok car......

    I'm waiting for the curve to come out myself.......
    BANDIT2941, Apr 7, 2004
  3. Skid

    marx404 Guest

    The Quad Cab isn't too bad, I have noticed that they are usually "dressed
    up" better on showroom floors than the regular ION. Not good write-ups on
    the seats or the suspension. (Car&Driver / Compact Sport Car Mag.) The
    Redline seems to have worked on that, so with some hope, the ION designers
    will pick up a clue and redesign the ION next generation. I have noticed
    nicer seats in the QC though.

    marx404, Apr 7, 2004
  4. Skid

    Warren Guest

    Well, the suspension doesn't feel as stiff as it was in the "S" series
    coupe, the transmission (VTi) drives like a dream (utterly smooth...) - but
    there have been problems (not me personally), and Saturn extended the
    warranties on them - the design is (IMHO) less desirable than the "S"
    series, but the practical functionality is better. (Higher roofline,
    spacious interior, lots of cargo room.) The speedometer in the center of the
    dash may take some getting used to for most though. I have read lots of
    negative press about the seat fabric (eg: "bottom of the barrel" one
    reviewer called it). I like the battery-in-the-trunk idea (there's a place
    underhood for jumpstarts). It's much more responsive - as a whole - than my
    SC2 was. Lots of technology here, but toned down in style. Lacks - to me -
    the "sporty" feel that my "S" car had. Ha...reminds me that I'm getting

    Warren, Apr 7, 2004
  5. Skid

    J Guest

    I drive a 2003 Ion Quad Coupe. I love my car. I like the styling of it
    alot, I also have the body kit on it though. Where I live mine is pretty
    much one of a kind. We have horrible winters here.. I made it through with
    the tires just fine. I don't think I am going to drive it next winter, but
    that is only because it's lower with the body kit.

    It doesn't have a locking fuel door, you can probably just buy a locking cap
    yourself. I also love the gauges in the middle of the dash, took me about
    5minutes to get used to. The steering wheel is much smaller, I find it
    comfortable to drive. So far I haven't had any problems with my car <knock
    on wood>.


    Above is a link to my car.

    J, Apr 7, 2004
  6. Skid

    Wurm Guest

    Very pretty car, first good looking ION I've ever seen! :).... if you dont
    mind me asking, is all the work on it cosmetic or did you soup up under the
    hood as well, and how much extra $$$ did you put into it?

    Wurm, Apr 7, 2004
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    Speez Guest

    Check out Saturnfans.com. They have forums for each vehicle Saturn makes.
    Very informative and owners will be more that happy to answer any questions.
    Speez, Apr 8, 2004
  8. It's pretty much all cosmetic. I've got a ractive muffler on there..
    I'd like to get a cold air intake for it also. There is a turbo I was
    looking at, but I cannot justify spending that much money on a
    turbo at this point to void my warranty. I have the car made for
    the first year of production, I hope nothing goes wrong anyway,
    but I like having warranty on the car.

    Later on I would like to do much more to it, but also, I don't really
    have any need to sink too much more money in to the car. It's at
    the point where I like it except for a few more minor cosmetic mods.
    Jonathan Calfat, Apr 8, 2004
  9. Skid

    Chris Seal Guest

    I own a 2003 ION3 sedan.

    It looks OK from the A pillar back.

    I hate the grinning front -- it reminds me of either a cheap SAAB or an old
    Ford Escort.

    I would consider transplanting a QC front onto my car (only consider, mind

    Part of the front look problem is the placement of the hood's front-to-back
    rigidity creases. They form a narrow gulley, which serves to make the car
    look pinched. If the creases, which are based on the Saturn badge, were
    moved out to flow back from the iiner edge of the headlamp assembly, that
    would make the car look wider and look more like some intelligence went into
    the design.

    If there was an after market hood replacement I would consider it.

    Chris Seal, Apr 9, 2004
  10. Lots of better choices out there. GM dropped the ball on this bigtime.
    Goofy styling, bizarro roof rails, strange steering wheel, cheap seats,
    center-pod instruments - some or all of which are disliked by most
    potential buyers. Poor sales reflect these missteps. OTOH, poor sales may
    mean bargain prices. Don't pay sticker if you buy.
    Greg Beaulieu, Apr 9, 2004
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