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2003 Saturn ION repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (31%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 121 repairs.
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2003 Saturn ION repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (52%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 63 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2003 Saturn ION

Engine not specified

Saturn in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

64000 mi

US $150
Front Sway Bar Links 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

Saturn ION in New York, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2016
Jan 2015

143000 mi

US $612
Fuel Line leak just in front of Left Rear Tire , 2004 Saturn had a recall GM# 04053 for Fuel Line LeaK; but GM will not cover 2003 Saturn 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Saturn ION in Delaware, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2016
Sep 2010

109000 mi

US $490
Lower control arm bushings worn - car had made clunking, squeaking noises for some time. 
Jul 2012

121700 mi

US $600
Replaced struts and shocks after 9 1/2 years. No complaints 
Saturn ION in Florida, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2014
Sep 2010

88000 mi

US $146
Radiator fan had cracks in it. Had it replaced with a larger after market fan kit. 
Dec 2010

92000 mi

US $350
Caliper was tight against rotor on passenger side right. Had new pads, rotors, and calipers replaced on front of car. Gas mileage had been lower than normal but returned to normal after repair 
Jul 2014

104000 mi
Door locks not working properly 
Saturn ION in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2014 - Dec 2015
Jul 2014

166700 mi

US $1000
replace rotors and pads... needed to pass inspection Replace passenger axle, leaking rotted fuel lines leaking fuel, replaced 
Saturn ION in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2011
Oct 2008

109000 mi

US $740
original FW bearings replaced 
Dec 2008

110000 mi

US $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 California, United States
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

204700 mi
Alternator replaced 
Saturn ION in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Jan 2012

33940 mi

C $470
The flex pipe was leaking that had been replaced two years ago. The cat converter along with flex pipe from Walker was changed. I supplied this part and gaskets, labor was $120 and parts $350. 
Jun 2012

40300 mi

C $12
The caliper sliders were lubed, brake fluid changed as well as brake pads removed, cleaned,filed for fit, rendered parallel on a belt sander.(Only slight amount of friction material removed in process)Great improvement in braking noise! 
Jun 2014

52080 mi

C $350
Front wheel bearings noisy 
Nov 2014

53100 mi

C $150
the front brakes and pads replaced on the Saturn Ion.  the rattle in the exhaust system was resolved by removing part of the heat shield. 
Mar 2015

53940 mi

C $200
Loud noise in front end on bumps. Rear end bounce on bumps 
Dec 2015

55800 mi

C $70
Starter replaced due to disengaguement problem 
Saturn ION in Idaho, United States
Dec 2011 - Jul 2013
Apr 2013

111000 mi

US $40
Replaced spark plugs and fuel filter. Both were very worn. Noticed immediate performance improvement. 
Saturn ION in Ohio, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

57000 mi

US $278
coolant display indicator problem, comes on and goes off randomly. 
May 2010

57500 mi

US $1200
Once the car is put into park the idle will jump up up to 4000 RPMS and held there. 
Sep 2010

62000 mi

US $1800
Car will idle 1000 RPMS, then jump up up to 4000 RPMS and stay there until car was turned off by key. 
Saturn ION in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2010 - Aug 2010
Mar 2010

68200 mi

C $450
Brake pads, rotors replaced. Also, cabin, engine and gas filters. Oil change. Stabilizer link replaced. 
Saturn ION in Michigan, United States
Sep 2015 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

181300 mi

US $50
Had to replace Heating and AC control panel from the dash. 
Saturn ION in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Oct 2015
Aug 2009

107000 mi
Suspension Noise most likely sway bar bushing and end links. 
Jan 2012

142000 mi

US $70
Changed drivers side CV Joint due to bad popping. Problem is solved. Also replaced control arm bushings. 
Jan 2013

150700 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2013

157300 mi

US $300
Replaced clunking Drivers side CV axle. Replaced Wheel bearing due to noise. 
Jun 2014

166000 mi

US $350
Replaced tie rod ends, ball joints, sway bar bushings, end-links. Replaced clogged fuel injector and seals. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in New York, United States
- Mar 2007
Mar 2007

35000 mi
Went in for 3000 mile oil change, needed new bushings and tires due to a bubble 
Saturn ION in Maryland, United States
Oct 2013 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

350000 mi

US $700
every 100K new tie rods, control arms, bushings... 4 set. 
Saturn ION in Alabama, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

136000 mi

US $130
alternator replaced. belt replaced. suspension clunking on bumps. swaybar bushings and end links replaced with Moog parts. 
Feb 2015

136000 mi

US $90
ball joint rubber boot torn. replaced both control arms. 
Apr 2015

136000 mi

US $45
intermittent no start. only solenoid click. starter removed and rebuilt. probably bad solenoid. 
Jun 2015

136000 mi
key stuck in ignition due to faulty transmission switch. covered by extended warranty. 
Aug 2015

136700 mi
check engine light for O2 sensor. code deleted, didn't reappear. 
Sep 2015

137000 mi
check engine light for vacuum leak. code deleted, didn't reappear. 
Dec 2015

140000 mi

US $50
Noise on start. Timing chain tensioner replaced. Noise still there. 
Apr 2016

142300 mi

US $5
Water in trunk. Rubber plug missing on left side. Air vent sealed with sealant. CV boot leaking. Sealed with tape and zip ties. 
Jun 2016

143000 mi

US $30
O2 sensor light. Sensor replaced. 
Saturn ION in Virginia, United States
Oct 2004 - Dec 2016
Aug 2004

5799 mi
Transmission slipping in 2nd gear. Dealer recalibrated. However, issue never completely disappeared. 
May 2005

20373 mi
Daytime running lamp/turn signal bulbs were replaced due to manufacturer recall. 
Jun 2006

29481 mi

US $405
Alignment due to uneven wear on tires. 
Feb 2008

51647 mi

US $69
Driver sunvisor wouldn't stay up, had to be replaced. 
Feb 2009

61406 mi

US $46
1st problem with no-start issue. Passlock light & service engine message. Took to dealer, diagnosed but unable to replicate problem. 
Dec 2009

66284 mi

US $146
2nd problem with no-start issue. Passlock light & service engine message. Took to dealer, diagnosed, found no problems. Battery replaced in attempt to resolve, but problem recurred. 
Jun 2011

78764 mi

US $135
Bulb in the instrument panel burned out & was replaced. 
Feb 2012

82500 mi

US $345
Wiper transmission failed & was replaced. 
Nov 2012

89156 mi

US $573
Headlight housing had to be reconditioned. Passlock would randomly fail, refusing to recognize my key & preventing the car from starting in 15 minute blocks, sometimes several times in a row. Ignition switch was replaced at my request based on my own research into this issue. 
Jun 2013

92000 mi

US $798
Wheel bearings went bad. The front hub assemblies had to be replaced. 
Saturn ION in California, United States
- Jun 2005
Jan 2004 Transmission Valve Body 
Jun 2005 Ignition key switch 
Saturn ION in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2010
Oct 2010

80000 mi

US $125
Car was driveable earlier in the day. Went to park for about 5 minutes and came back to a disabled car. The engine would turn over, start, and come up to an idle for a brief second before dying. MIL/CEL came on. Diagnosed as a bad BCM. 
Saturn ION in Florida, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
May 2009

90000 mi

US $150
needed new ignition switch, fixed by owner, needed cleaning. 
Saturn ION in Michigan, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2010
Feb 2009

58000 mi

US $300
Door panel was loose at the bottom of the door frame 
Dec 2009

64000 mi

US $580
Saturn ION in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2005 - Dec 2016
Apr 2005

29517 mi
Replace right front wheel bearing hub assembly, and reprogram transmission.Under warranty. 
Dec 2007

69575 mi

US $188
Replace broken left side windshield wiper assembly and motor. 
Feb 2009

85400 mi

US $8
Replace windshield wiper blades. Check for wind noise coming from the outside of the car. Not found at this time. 
Jun 2009

96759 mi

US $100
Had the car checked at my repair shop for wind noise. It was not mechanical. Took the car to my auto body shop. The problem was the roof rails. Had to remove front roof rails on both sides. So now the noise is gone but the car doesn't look good. 
Dec 2009

100991 mi

US $160
Replace ignition switch. Car would not start because of not reading key code. Yellow theft light on. 
May 2010

107500 mi

US $462
A complete brake job,4 new spark plugs. 
Oct 2010

113000 mi

US $326
Car would not start. I replaced the battery and the car still wouldn't start.I had to replace the starter. 
May 2012

135000 mi

US $282
Replace right front wheel bearing assembly. 
Dec 2013

156000 mi

US $270
Replace gas line and filter,repair exhaust leak. 
Oct 2014

164960 mi

US $563
Replace both front struts,shocks and two new tires. 
Dec 2014

166000 mi

US $773
Had to replace shocks and struts. 
Jun 2016

181000 mi

US $539
Brake Job Replace Tie Rod on left side. 
Oct 2016

183700 mi

US $187
Replace sway bar. 
Saturn ION in Arizona, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

51500 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2008

55000 mi

US $195
AC would not blow cold air. Replaced blower fan, was not the problem. Replaced AC control head, ($45), problem remedied. 
Jan 2009

65000 mi

US $230
Ignition switch replaced, starter is in bad shape and will require replacement soon 
Saturn ION in Colorado, United States
Oct 2007 - Dec 2009
Jun 2007

64000 mi

US $650
Calipers, Pads, Turn the Rotors, New Brake Fluid 
Jan 2008

70500 mi
Ignition Switch, covered by extended warranty 
Jul 2008

78300 mi

US $550
Oxygen Sensor and Oil Change 
Jul 2009

92000 mi

US $1000
Struts needed to be replaced. Replaced radiator hoses. 
Dec 2009

94000 mi

US $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.  

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

Saturn ION in Texas, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2010
Dec 2009

107000 mi

US $374
I replaced the front struts and rear shocks due to the banging on the floor board caused by the traction bar. 
Sep 2010

118000 mi
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. 
Saturn ION in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2015
Jul 2010

70000 mi

US $890
Loud growling noise. Replaced both front wheel hub bearings. 
Aug 2010

71000 mi

US $2300
replaced CVT due to P0700 DTC 
Sep 2010

72150 mi

US $3000
Found antifreeze leaked into cylinder #4 spark plug cavity. Cylinder head cracked. Replaced with a rebuilt unit.  
Oct 2010

73000 mi

US $55
replaced both rear shocks due to worn out original units. 
Jun 2011

83000 mi

US $225
found crack in fuel line between fuel filter and engine. mechanic replaced the rusted sections with a comparable brake line tubing. 
Dec 2011

88000 mi

US $70
Heard some clunking noise from front end. Replaced both side Stabilizer End Links. 
Feb 2012

89000 mi

US $110
Loud clunking noise from front end when it ran over potholes. Replaced front stabilizer bar bushings. 
Sep 2012

99000 mi

US $250
The familiar front wheel hub bearing noise occurred. The previous pair that Firestone had installed only lasted two years. This time, I refused to pay Firestone another ripoff $875 and replaced them myself. It went smooth and I saved $625. 
Jan 2014

112600 mi

US $326
CVT fluid leaks. Dealer replaced transmission output shaft seal. 
Mar 2014

113000 mi

US $84
Engine cranks but doesn't start. Found CEL's P0700 and U2105. Replaced battery and reset CEL's. Engine cranks and starts normal. No CEL's. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in Nebraska, United States
Sep 2014 - Jan 2016
Sep 2014

158000 mi

US $800
Radiator fan did broke down and internal temp gauge broke 
Jan 2016

180000 mi

US $125
Engine flooded 
Saturn ION in Delaware, United States
Oct 2008 - Sep 2011
Jan 2008

118000 mi

US $85
Engine had slight chatter to it. Valves were cleaned and one spark plug replaced. 
Feb 2008

127000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2009

160000 mi

US $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. 
Apr 2009

165000 mi

US $5
Driver's door jam switch replaced. Self repair. 15 minutes and a $5 part. 
Jul 2009

169000 mi
Alternator replaced. 
Saturn ION in Michigan, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2016
Jan 2011

50700 mi

US $200
driver side wiper transmission needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2011

52000 mi

US $200
O2 sensor and another sensor. 
Nov 2011

60500 mi

US $204
Sway bar replacement (2) 
Dec 2012

67000 mi

US $1400
Typical issue with Ions. 
Oct 2016

91300 mi

US $350
Brakes and rotors 

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