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2003 Saturn ION repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (32%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

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

Other (5%)

Chart based on 110 repairs.

2003 Saturn ION repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (10%)

Chart based on 59 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 5-speed manual FWD

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. 
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 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. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

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 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 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.  
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. 

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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. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

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. 

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2003 Saturn ION Repair Histories

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