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2003 Saturn ION Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

60 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Saturn ION. 10 of these members (16.7%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 10 transmission and drivetrain repairs to 2003 Saturn IONs--an average of 0.2 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

26% of the 2003 Saturn ION repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 31% to the suspension, 14% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 5% to the body and trim, and 7% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 86 repairs.

2003 Saturn ION transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Saturn ION transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 19% cost less than $100, 45% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 6% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 31 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 Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

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    
142000 70 Changed drivers side CV Joint due to bad popping. Problem is solved. 
150700 500 Manual transmission internal transmission burned up due to slight transmission leak. 
157300 300 Replaced clunking Drivers side CV axle. 
158000  

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed automatic FWD

Saturn ION in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Transmission slipping in 2nd gear. Dealer recalibrated. However, issue never completely disappeared. 
101000  
Saturn ION in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Transmission Valve Body 
Saturn ION in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 81000    
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.  

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2003 Saturn ION 4dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 CVT FWD

Saturn ION in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 62000    
72000 2300 replaced CVT due to P0700 DTC 
112300 326 CVT fluid leaks. Dealer replaced transmission output shaft seal. 
113000  

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