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2003 Saturn ION Problems and Repair Histories

60 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Saturn ION. 22 of these members (36.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 64 repairs to 2003 Saturn IONs--an average of 1.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Saturn ION problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Saturn ION problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Saturn ION problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Saturn ION repairs by problem area

28% of the 2003 Saturn ION repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 36% to the suspension, 13% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 64 repairs.

2003 Saturn ION repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Saturn ION repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, 12% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 51 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2003 Saturn ION problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Saturn ION

Engine not specified

Saturn in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 63000    
64000 150 Front Sway Bar Links 
 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 95000    
107000 0 Suspension Noise most likely sway bar bushing and end links. 
142000 70 Changed drivers side CV Joint due to bad popping. Problem is solved. Also replaced control arm bushings. 
150700 500 Manual transmission internal transmission burned up due to slight transmission leak. Driver side wheel bearing was replaced because noise/vibration/and too much free-play. 
157300 300 Replaced clunking Drivers side CV axle. Replaced Wheel bearing due to noise. 
158000  
Saturn ION in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
740 original FW bearings replaced 
110000 760 Passlock problem, dealer offered free repair upon $50 deductible = rejected.  Other repair the same day original FW bearings replaced !!760$(tax incl). 
 
Saturn ION in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 67580    
68200 450 Brake pads, rotors replaced. Also, cabin, engine and gas filters. Oil change. Stabilizer link replaced. 
 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
500 Front wheel hub bearings each had to be replaced, which I did myself for parts cost. I also replaced brake pads, rotors were OK so I left them alone. 
195 AC would not blow cold air. Replaced blower fan, was not the problem. Replaced AC control head, ($45), problem remedied. 
65000 230 Ignition switch replaced, starter is in bad shape and will require replacement soon 
 
Saturn ION in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 57000    
58000 300 Door panel was loose at the bottom of the door frame 
64000 580 REPLACED FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS 
 
Saturn ION in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
650 Calipers, Pads, Turn the Rotors, New Brake Fluid 
0 Ignition Switch, covered by extended warranty 
550 Oxygen Sensor and Oil Change 
92000 1000 Struts needed to be replaced. Replaced radiator hoses. 
94000 750 Transmission was building up pressure and forcing the car to "bang loudly" when downshifting... Dealer replaced fluid and reflashed transmission. After a week problem still occured. Dealer suggested replacing valve body or rebuilding the trans.  
Saturn ION in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 89000    
90000 150 needed new ignition switch, fixed by owner, needed cleaning. 
 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

Saturn ION in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 104000    
107000 374 I replaced the front struts and rear shocks due to the banging on the floor board caused by the traction bar. 
118000 0 Very high rpm at times, put it in neutral and sometimes shut it off to stabilize. Check engine light a couple of times, code pointed to the throttle advance sensor. Twice bought sensor and found it didn't fit engine. Not fixed when totaled. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in Delaware, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
85 Engine had slight chatter to it. Valves were cleaned and one spark plug replaced. 
50 Driver's side door lock fell into the door. Charge approx, had other routine maint. done at same time. Roughly 1/2 to 3/4 hour labor. 
160000 240 Windshield Wiper motor/transmission on Driver's Side broke in half. Not the linkage, the motor. Replaced with a used part ($120) and another $120 was for labor. 
165000 5 Driver's door jam switch replaced. Self repair. 15 minutes and a $5 part. 
169000 0 Alternator replaced. 
213000  

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