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Pros: Overall look and great handling in snow/slick roads.
Cons: Back seat leg space.
Advice: Great family car with small childern, Good first time driver car.Great look, good handling, good gas mileage, Lots of options to fit most people. Nice overall car.
Pros: Onstar (great piece of mind)
Cons: No inside release for fuel door
Advice: You'll be hooked once you take it for a test driveMy Ion handles great, gets great gas mileage and it look wonderful. This is my first Saturn and it's been a great experience. The dealership treated my like a valued customer, not just a dollar sign.
Cons: my engine light comes on every 3 weeks.
Advice: DO NOT BUY THIS CAR ITS HORRIBLE!!!!I would never recommend to anyone to buy this car. I wish someone warned me about the problems this car has. My car has been back to the dealer every month since i bought it in July of 2005. I wish I bought some other car and not this one.
Pros: Value, Great 30 mpg, 2.4 engine 170 hp, Onstar, Oversized Trunk, Saturn Advanced Audio, 5 star Crash
Cons: Leg room in the rear seat, Fog light button hard to see
Advice: Visit a Saturn Dealership it will exceed your expectations.This is my first Saturn experience. I've bought 3 new cars in the past and there is nothing like going into a Saturn dealer and being treated like a friend and not a dollar sign. I bought a Saturn ION 3 Sedan with leather, 2.4 performance package with the Saturn Advanced Sound System. This advanced sound system package is definately worth to op for the fuel mileage is well over 30mpg. I compared the Honda Civic, Toyota Corrola and the Chevy Cobalt. The Saturn ION has better handeling, more power, and good fuel economy to beat any import you put up to it. Especially for price, quality, and dealership experience. I paid 16,200.00 I bought the car at Saturn of Clearwater, Florida. Jack Peck and Matt Finch totally exceeded my expectations of the Saturn Experience. I fully recommend this Saturn Dealer of Clearwater, Florida. I drove over a 100 miles just to buy the car there.
Cons: Nothing at this time.
Advice: If your looking for a car that gets good gas mileage and extra features this is it.I just purchased my first Saturn-Ion approxitmately a month ago and I must say that I'm very impressed with this vehicle. What is considered standard options with this car is extra on other GM models(ON-STAR; hands free cell phone; GPS; and XM-radio). The gas mileage is very good. Styling is good as well is the ride. Plenty of front room for the driver and front passanger. Back seat area is a little limited on leg room but all in all it's a very nice vehicle.
Pros: ride, comfort, and handling.
Cons: rear seat leg room,also the driver needs a left foot rest.
Advice: buy the ION 3 with the 2.4 litre engine.So far I love my ION 3 with GPS on star, eletronic power steering, performance suspension, variable valve timing, alloy wheels ( 16 inch ) compass and temp. gauge in rear view mirror, traction control, Dash board gauge pod in center of dash board, battery in trunk, large trunk, timing chain, 170 hp, good accelatration, good braking, smooth ride and handling, six in dash cd system etc, etc. S___w the car critics. What else can you ask for? I even like the plastic doors.
Pros: I love the 'suicide doors'. I like having a two door with the ability to be a four door for kids.
Cons: I can not depend on it. I wonder what is going to go wrong with it next.
Advice: Do not buy it.My Saturn Ion is at the dealer once again. I have owned it for exactly two years. Within the first couple of hundred miles, the car shook terribly on the expressway and when braking. The tires were rebalanced and the rotors were replaced because they were warped. That was the least of my worries. I am now on my third set of rotors due to warping. The front right strut was blown which consequently ruined my tire. The car has a constant sound like a bearing is out. Bushings were replaced in the front due to a thumping sound under the front of the car. The door behind the driver had to have the window and rubber replaced due to leaking water on the floor. The handle to open the hood came off in my hand. The handle to adjust the passenger front seat comes off repeatedly. The door behind the driver rubs the quarter panel and the running board from time to time. The fuel door chipped paint off of the car because it wasn't centered properly. I complained about an idling problem repeatedly, but only recently was it addressed. One morning, the car would start and then shut off. The pass lock sensor and ignition switch was replaced. The radio is frequently cutting in and out. I complained about a growling noise at low speeds. The transmission was updated and the fluid was replaced and a detergent was added. About a week later, the transmission went completely out. The belt in the transmission broke! I got it back last week and now the car has a bad vibration, the transmission makes noises, and I hear a thumping noise when I go over bumps!!!!! I am supposed to pick it up tomorrow. I am afraid!!!!! Did I mention that I used to be a 'Saturn Girl'? This is my third Saturn. I was even at the Homecoming in Spring Hill, TN. This is my last Saturn!!