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2003 Saturn Ion Reviews

"Saturn replaces its entry-level model line for 2003 with larger, more-powerful sedans and a 4-dr coupe. Ion is Saturn's first fully redesigned car since it opened for business in 1990. It replaces the S-Series and retains the brand's dent-resistant plastic body-side panels. The Ion sedan and coupe are nearly the same length, and both are significantly larger on the outside than their S-Series counterparts. The sole engine is a new 4 cyl with 140 hp, 16 more than the top S-Series engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. Two automatic transmissions are available. Sedans get a conventional 5 speed. Coupes use a new continuously variable unit (CVT) with near-infinite gear ratios. Head-protecting curtain side airbags are optional; torso side airbags are unavailable. All Ions have front-disc/rear-drum brakes. An ABS/traction-control system is optional.

Ion's Quad Coupe has two rear-opening half doors behind the front doors. They do not open or close independently of the fronts. The S-Series coupe had one such rear door. As a design touch, Saturn dealers offer interchangeable strips of contrasting-color body trim tracing the arc of Ion's roof. They can be matched to interchangeable interior trim. Ion locates its main instrumentation in the center of the dashboard rather than in front of the driver. Split folding rear seatbacks are standard. The coupe's front passenger seat folds forward to create a continuous 10-foot-long storage channel. Ion comes in trim levels labeled 1, 2, and 3. Air conditioning is standard on all except the 1 sedan. Leather upholstery is optional on 3 sedans and 2 coupes. Wheel sizes are 14, 15, or 16 inches, depending on model.


2003 Saturn Ion Warranty Information

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

2003 Saturn Ion Safety Reviews

Frontal crash ratings Driver: * * * * *    Passenger: * * * * *
Side crash ratings Driver: No Test Rear Passenger: * * *
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating essentially measures vehicle characteristics of center of gravity and track width to determine how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2003 Saturn Ion Recalls Issued

Mfg's Report Date APR 10, 2014
Number Of Units Affected 2,191,014
Summary General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, 2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR, 2007-2010 Pontiac G5, 2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, and 2007-2010 Saturn Sky vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "Off" position.
Consequence If the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the "off" position, the vehicle could roll away: (a) for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the "Park" position; or (b) for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the "Reverse" position. This potential for rollaway increases the risk for a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries.
Remedy General Motors will notify owners, and for vehicles that were built with the defective ignition cylinder and have not previously had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and cut and, if necessary, re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle. For vehicles that were built with the redesigned ignition cylinder or had the ignition cylinder replaced with the redesigned part, dealers will cut and, if necessary, re-learn two ignition/door keys for each vehicle. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac owners at 1-800-762-2737, and Saturn owners at 1-800-553-6000. General Motors' number for this recall is 14113 for the ignition lock cylinder and key replacement, and 14133 for only key replacements. Note: Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in "Park," or in the case of a manual transmission, that the vehicle is in the "Reverse" position and the parking brake is engaged.
Notes Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to