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Pros: Dent-resistant body paneling
Cons: Odor coming from vents
Advice: Buy a HondaI purchased a 2007 Ion 2 brand new. I like the way it handles and find it comfortable to drive because I am a petite woman. But overall I regret my purchase because I've had too many service appointments for a new vehicle. The brakes and two tires have been replaced, a power window came off the track, the dash has been taken apart due to rattling, the fan motor makes a ticking sound that they say cannot be replaced, and now I have a strange odor coming from the vents; I've been told that it is the HEPA filter. I owned a Saturn before, but this one is not good.
Pros: starting to wonder
Cons: persisent rear differential oil leak and subsequent body cracks d/t repetitive lifts
Advice: if you own one...please check for body cracks(rocker panels) after it has been liftedLove the look of the car...but am not really enjoying it. It has been serviced 3 times for oil leaks (rear differntial oil leak) Apparently it is a problem with some of these cars. First leak noted at a few hundred kms. Fixed 3 times. Just picked it up and leaking again. MOST UPSETTING is that now underside of car (rocker panels) are CRACKED. Dealer is telling me i am responsible for these cracks in body even though bottom of car is unscathed. A body expert has told me it is because of the vertical lifting of the car. It has been hoisted up to 15 times in the last 5 months for repairs that are never repaired. A roof latch is asynchronous..can't fix problem- in 3 times for this as well. One side opens automatically and other side needs manual lifting...kinda defeats the purpose of the 'pop' roof.
Pros: Quiet and comfortable ride
Cons: The size
Advice: Drive one for yourself.Don't let articles like the one here on Auto Bytel discourage you. Doesn't even seem close to the car that I actually own and live with every day.Best kept secret in the industry. The reviewers love to hate it, but it's been a fault free, quiet economical car since day 1.The ride alone is worth the price of admission: smooth and comfortable. Just returned from a road trip: LA to Tucson, to Salt Lake City back to LA, hit all conditions incl. freezing and snow and ran it like I stole it and it still returned 35-37 mpg, with an automatic. This one will be running long after the auto scribes who hated it have retired. Get one now, production stops Mar. 27, 2007
Cons: No vanity mirror on passenger side visor
Advice: You better get in line to BUY, BUY, BUY!!!!!!First off, this car is not a dragster. The sky was intended for making tight mountain roads straight. Anyone that buys this car for a dragster is going to be disappointed. My wife and I have put 10,000 miles on our sky and have had nothing but a BLAST! The sky not only turns heads but it is possible we might have even broken a few necks, this needless to say, is because the sky is the most beautiful car on the road. One might say the suspension feels stiff, could this be because it has Bilstein dampers, hollow front and rear sway bars and 18 inch rims on low profile tires? YOU BET!!! The sky was designed as a intermediate true American sports car with looks for a decent price. This is just an all out fun car!
Advice: It's niceI loved my 2003 Ion. Until 3 days ago, when we were rear-ended in a crash. We were stopped, the car that hit us was going less than 15 mph. That low-impact crash put over $4k in damages and the car's FRAME was crunched. What's worse: I had my 18 mo. old son in the back seat. Currently seeking settlement from Saturn for the safety of this vehicle. The only thing between the cheap plastic body and the frame of my car was BLACK STYROFOAM. Sure, it's a nice ride. But had we been hit from the front or side, one of us would not be alive.
Cons: Quality, Comfort, practability, proformance
Advice: Don't buy till you drive one for a whileI only owned my sky for two months,every where I went I was a celebrity.Took me 40 minutes to get gas as everyone wanted to look. But reality set in with the most impractical car I have ever owned. Quality was poor as water leaked severly when washed. The top was a pain and the wind noise made it hard to hear the XM radio even when the top was us. A don't even try a cup of coffee holders. My wife couldn't drive it because the manual seat would not move. I had a radiator leak in the first week which caused me to be out of commission for several days. If GM had put as much thought in the inside and quality as the looks, they would have a super winner..Alas, not so. A mini corvette it is not with the same engine as our HHR.....and the HHR runs better.
Pros: quad coupe doors
Advice: Buy one of the best, last, dent- free made in USA cars ever.2100 miles in 2 months. No problems so far. Really smooth and good handling with enhanced performance package and 2.4 liter engine. Transmission is smooth and well matched to engine. Love the XM radio and OnStar with turn by turn directions. Very easy to get the little girl in and out of the backseat with the quad coupe doors.