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Pros: The look, turns heads and gets plenty of attention.
Cons: Too tight, mirror low, allows headlights from other cars in your eyes, battery change difficult, radio sucks
Advice: Great car for the money, You get exactly what u pay forLacks power, but compensates on the appearence. Perfect for the price paid. They hit a home run with this one. Also front is too low, they need to raise it, or put something on nose bottom to stop scraping when pulling into driveways.
Pros: The appearance.
Cons: The engine power.
Advice: Save your money on the Redline! Opt for looks, if neccessary, and get the standard model.Let me start off by stating the obvious: this car is gorgeous! Now, beyond that, it is flawed in many ways. Take away its good looks and you've got a mediocre automobile, at best. For 175hp, it feels a lot more like the Ion's Ecotec 140hp engine in manual transmision. The pickup is decent, to say the least. The biggest drawback is how there is absolutely NO ROOM!! The ride is very uncomfortable. Now, I know that you can't expect roadsters to be chock full of room. But, you can't even put a cup in this baby. I just came back from test driving the Redline model. While the engine is definitely much stronger and the overall vehicle handles better, the turbo seems to sleep for a good 2-3 seconds before kicking in. Not responsive at all. I know that turbos will generally take a few instances to respond, but this is crazy! Sure, at 260hp, it packs a whollop, but you have to wait for it...wait for it...wait...there it is!! Reading up on the pros and cons of turbocharging a 4-cylinder engine, I found more cons than pros. Only the Mazda Speed 6 has been able to pull it off with absolutely no lag in the turbo. Oddly enough, I just purchased a Speed 6 and have been blowing away Acuras, BMWs and Audis left and right. That car is not only gorgeous, but at 285hp (4-cyl. turbo) it mechanically pulled off what the Sky Redline sadly couldn't!
Pros: The exterior look.
Cons: Back antenna. Doesnt really go with the car.
Advice: GET ONE!!!Great looking car with a lot of attention to detail inside and out. Cant tell you have many times I had to tell people that it is a Saturn. Very happy with the car and like the feeling it has on the road.
Pros: stereo - 6 disc CD changer
Cons: Everything else. Horrible to drive!
Advice: Dont get a 2004! 2003 was great, but whatever improvements they tried to make went extremely wrong!Horrible. Hits every little bump like its a huge pothole! Back end slides behind you. Feels very unsafe on highway and very loud!
Pros: The surprisingly roominess of the interior and trunk.
Cons: Option packages
Advice: Don't just research the vehicle you want to own, research the dealer alsoI tried the 2007 Ion2 Coupe after researching the 2006. I loved the way the vehicle handled and the body style of it. The backseat was roomy and I loved the 'hidden' backseat doors. I coudn't find any rattles or horrible noises in the vehicle. The seats were extremely hard and may be hard to handle on a long trip. I would have walked off the lot with one today if the dealer had been a little more flexable. I live in Florida and the lot car didn't have AC; which I would have been happy to over look if they had dropped the price $1,000. I didn't notice the offset controls after a mile or so and was easy to view at a quick glance.
Pros: The big trunk
Cons: The gas mileage.
Advice: Don't buy this car.I've driven the car over 5,000 miles now, and it is terrible. The gas mileage is a dismal ~28.5 even though it is driven mostly highway miles and is supposed to get up to 35 mpg on the highway. Pretty much everything about the car has been a disappointment: gas mileage, dependability (towed back to dealer with 700 miles on it), interior design, interior quality, the paint, driving responsiveness...
Pros: Adjustable seating
Cons: Headrest snags my hair
Advice: N/AThis car drive beautifully!!!!!! I would recommend this car for anyone who wants quality, comfort, safety, and style. I love my Saturn!!!!!!