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2003 Saturn ION Transmission Problems

62 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Saturn ION. 6 of these members (9.7%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 11 transmission repairs to 2003 Saturn IONs--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently 2003 Saturn ION problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of 2003 Saturn ION repairs by problem area

Chart based on 104 repairs.

2003 Saturn ION transmission repair cost distribution

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.
Non-members can see only ten 2003 Saturn ION repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

166700 mi US $1000 Replace passenger axle, leaking 
142000 US $70 Changed drivers side CV Joint due to bad popping. Problem is solved. 
150700   Manual transmission internal transmission burned up due to slight transmission leak. 
157300   Replaced clunking Drivers side CV axle. 

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

  Transmission Valve Body 
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.  
5799   Transmission slipping in 2nd gear. Dealer recalibrated. However, issue never completely disappeared. 

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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   CVT fluid leaks. Dealer replaced transmission output shaft seal. 

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