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About Saturn Ion

Aiming at younger buyers, Saturn Ion, also known as ION, was produced by the subsidiary of General Motors Saturn Corporation (Saturn LLC) from 2002 to 2004 and an American multinational corporation General Motors Company between 2005 and March 2007 as a compact car. Originally introduced as the successor of Saturn S-Series, Ion was Saturn's entry-level model and the longest compact car sold in North America. But due to slow sales, the production and sales of Ion had both ended in March 2007 and it was replaced by the Saturn Astra from the same GM Delta platform.
Saturn Ion made its debut at the 2002 New York International Auto Show as a 4-door quad coupe for the 2003 model year. But the sedan and quad coupe were available in basic Ion 1, Ion 3 and convenience-oriented Ion 3 trim levels, the high-performance Red Line and Appearance Package was only available as a quad coupe. During its lifetime, Ion was powered by a 2.2 L inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 140-145 horsepower and 145-150 lb-ft of torque, a 2.4 L I4 cranking out 170-175 hp and 162-164 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0 L supercharged I4 generating 205 hp. And these engines sent power through the 5-speed manual, 4-speed, 5-speed automatic and CVT automatic transmissions to the front wheels.

Saturn Ion Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Despite the unique styling and features as well as strong engine, Saturn Ion also had issues with poor interior quality, unimpressive driving dynamics and bizarre styling inside and out. Thus, these common problems on Ion need your extra attention:
First, according to the complaints from real Saturn Ion, when the vehicle runs at about 121,000 miles, transmission failure would be its archenemy. Though when it reaches about 56,000 miles, the key will be stuck, and the vehicle could not be turned off, which is also the omen of transmission failure. Some Ion drivers with years of driving conclude some signs to help others to diagnose and solve this problem as early as possible. Normally, these symptoms such as transmission slippage and surging, partial loss of power while acceleration, problems when attempting to switch gears and abnormal engine noise, low or dirty transmission fluid and abnormal pedal behavior are all recognizable. And the Ion torque converter, clutch master cylinder, pilot bearing, transfer case seal and automatic transmission filter are often the culprits.
Second, the engine is the second part of the Saturn Ion that gets harmed by natural beat. Ironically, the engine is also the soul of the vehicle. A powerful or movable vehicle depends on a well-functioning engine. Thus, you have to pay more attention to these symptoms on your Saturn Ion. First of all, strange noises such as rattling or rumbling from the engine, an odor of burnt oil in the compartment, a trace of leaking coolant or oil on the ground; second, engine runs roughly, misfires, stalls or even has difficulty starting; finally, the vehicle may lose power while acceleration, consume excessive oil and activate the Check Engine Light. What you should notice especially is that apart from the Ion spark plug, air filter, oil filter, exhaust manifold gasket, please inspect the intake manifold gasket and radiator as well.
Practicing routine maintenance on some vulnerable is always regarded as a most effective way to lengthen your Saturn Ion's lifespan. But your Ion is assembled by so many different auto parts, it seems that knowing what parts need routine maintenance is a good start. Parts that work under adverse conditions all the time but play important roles in creating comfortable and safe driving environment should be maintained periodically. Thus, headlight, fog light, windshield wiper, wiper blade, seat belt, cabin air filter, door handle, and some electrical parts should be the routine maintenance list.
OEM Saturn Ion auto parts are also effective in extending Saturn Ion's life expectancy as they could prevent extra damages brought by unfit and must give the optimum performance the fullest play in the vehicle. On the other hand, this is also a more economical option for drivers. GmPartsPrime.com even has a variety of genuine Saturn Ion auto parts at the lowest price online. You have no need to worry about the quality, reliability and durability of these OEM Ion parts as they are backed by the manufacturer's warranty. Hassle-free return policy and quickest delivery service will also get your back, please order with confidence!