Sedans use a five-speed automatic, which is unusual in this price range. The suspension employs struts in front and a semi-independent torsion-beam setup in back. They can direct you to the nearest gas station or help find a good restaurant or motel. Owners of 2008 and later vehicles will be mailed an interim letter on April 21, 2014. This potential for rollaway increases the risk for a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries. The recall began on April 18, 2014.
Gauges and warning lights are clustered in the middle of the dash, where they seem just slightly out of the natural range of the eyes. For example, when tightly parked in a grocery-store parking lot, wanting to stash our bags of groceries in the back seat, we found it difficult to get to the backseat, as you need to open the front door first, then step behind the rear door, pulling it open from the back; then you need to somehow step around the door with the bags. Also in 2005 the 'hockey-puck' style steering wheel was discontinued and the design used in the 2004 redline model became standard on all models. These textures and other interior materials have been upgraded for 2004. The variable-ratio steering is electrically assisted, a technology which General Motors developed for its big luxury cars; this is one of the first times it has appeared in a small car. Seriously, no hemorrhages, but some people will be getting bumps on their heads. Under the hood, the long-rumored 170 hp 2.
Also, hot rotors getting wet can warp as if you slammed the brakes on or were braking severely on the way to the car wash, where you sprayed them down. We found the electric window switches hard to locate in the dark, as they are not illuminated and are located rearward of where we expected them. The manual gearbox works well, though the shifter is positioned slightly rearward from the ideal position. Remember that when you change rotors, no matter how new the pads on your car may be, you need to put new brake pads on with them. Both of the available automatic transmissions have been refined as well. With a capacity of nearly 15 cubic feet, and a practical shape, the Ion sedan's trunk is as big any in its segment and is as big as those in many mid-size cars. See attached for 2003 2.
Saturn has recalibrated the transmissions in both the sedan and the coupe for improved gear selection. The steering has been greatly improved on 2004 Ion models. Headroom is abundant in front, and a bit tight in back. Parts are not currently available. Ion offers a good value and lots of interior space for people and cargo compared to its competitors. The advantage of this, says Saturn, is that the instruments can be set at the same level as the outside mirrors, so there's no need to look down, only across. The look is contemporary and not that dissimilar from the Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat, both lauded for their design.
The open dash design gives the Ion an airy feel. Conspicuously absent from the list were Korean brands Kia and Hyundai. Two additional variations debut for 2004. In fact, Saturn ranks at or near the top in J. The rear doors have no exterior handles to compromise the coupe's sporty styling; and when they are open, there's no B-pillar in the opening, which makes access to the rear seat very easy for such a small car. At least they are mounted on the door and not on the center console as in previous Saturn models. And Saturn has injected some real excitement into the Ion for 2004, with the uniquely trimmed Special Edition sedan, and the supercharged Red Line coupe.
Interior Features The Ion's interior looks stylish and youthful. The 2004 Saturn Ion features some significant updates, including higher-grade interior fabrics and richer-looking interior trim in more harmonious colors. Also, the front air dam adds to the sedan's sporty appearance, but scrapes like a Corvette on steep driveway and side-street transitions. Remove the cotter pin on the large spindle nut. All affected owners will receive another letter once parts are available. Later, I convinced a friend to sit in the back seat for a short time. New grains on the dash, soft-touch paint, and improved gloss levels of other plastics give the 2004 Ion a more upscale appearance than the 2003 model.
The Ion handles well on winding roads, tending toward understeer when driven very hard. Model Lineup The 2004 Saturn Ion is available as a four-door sedan, or as an innovative coupe with two reverse-opening auxiliary rear doors. Over rough pavement the ride could feel a little too choppy, but the benefit is good control and sharp handling reflexes. Unlike a navigation system, there's nothing to program. The front suspension has struts while the rear uses a torsion-beam axle to provide more interior space in the trunk. The key fob if applicable , should also be removed from the key ring.
It makes a healthy 140 hp, with peak torque of 145 lb-ft made at 4400 rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is standard. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. Dimensionally, the changes are just an inch or two for wheelbase, width, and height, with more length due to overhang, and the cabin is correspondingly just a bit larger. Another benefit of the composite panels is that they are relatively easy to replace.