2005 Saturn Ion Red Line Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Saturn Ion Red Line

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2005 Saturn Ion Red Line Problems

A/C off for Engine Protection and Engine Reads Cold

Saturn Ion Redline Supercharged coupes may display the warning message "A/C off for Engine Protection" on the instrument panel. This may be accompanied by illumination of the check engine light and the temperature gauge reading cold at all times. This is a feature of the engine that is activated by the power control module when it detects the engine warming up too slowly. The OBD trouble code P0128 may also be stored. 

The cause is simply a worn out thermostat that stays open at all times, preventing the engine from reaching the proper operating temperature. 

Replacement of the thermostat will correct the issue. 

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Flush cooling system every 60,000 miles

GM recommends replacing the engine coolant at 100,000 miles; however, our technicians tell us that the coolant may become contaminated and require a complete cooling system flush every 60,000 to 70,000 miles.

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2005 Saturn Ion Red Line Questions

Water is accumulating on the passenger side of my car. (1 answer)

Water is accumulating on the passenger side of my car. It started when it was getting cold here in Canada, though I cannot find the source of the leak. How can I determine where the leak is coming from?

Car stalls when I stop (1 answer)

The car starts and all but when I put I reverse and when I come to stops most times it feels like its going to stall or it does. Happens daily .

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2005 Saturn Ion Red Line Reviews

Rated
based on 2 customer reviews
Just had to pay $3000 for new clutch, master cylinder,fuel pump and swaybars. Only 35k miles and rarely driven hard. Out of warranty. Very unfortunate.
Awesome car. I've had a few transmission problems, but most of them were the shops fault. Over all i couldn't ask for a better car for the money

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