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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%)

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2003 Saturn ION transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (49%)

< $100 (17%)

Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

142000 mi

US $70
Changed drivers side CV Joint due to bad popping. Problem is solved. 
150700 mi

US $500
Manual transmission internal transmission burned up due to slight transmission leak. 
157300 mi

US $300
Replaced clunking Drivers side CV axle. 
166700 mi

US $1000
Replace passenger axle, leaking 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

5799 mi Transmission slipping in 2nd gear. Dealer recalibrated. However, issue never completely disappeared. 
Transmission Valve Body 
142300 mi CV boot leaking. Sealed with tape and zip ties. 
95000 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

71000 mi

US $2300
replaced CVT due to P0700 DTC 
112600 mi

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

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2003 Saturn ION Transmission Problems

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