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2003 Saturn Ion Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Saturn Ion

2003 Saturn Ion Problems

The power steering assist may be lost intermittently along with illumination of the "power steering" warning message. In most cases, the power steering system will return to normal when the ignition is cycled off and the engine is restarted. General Motors recommends to replace the electric power steering assist motor to correct this problem. They have extended the warranty on the power steering assist motor to 10 years or 100,000 miles on most 2004-2007 Ion models. This is not a "recall" but an extension of the original warranty.

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

The ignition module or an ignition coil may fail causing an engine misfire, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Diagnoses will be required to determine the cause and needed repair.

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2003 Saturn Ion Questions

My car idles rough and bogs down sometimes when you are driving right before it shifts. Then when you are at speed and let off the gas it shifts down and slows down rapidly. I'm thinking it's the speed sensor.

most likely repair concerns

My fuel line rusted out and needs to be replaced. leaking fuel.

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2003 Saturn Ion Recalls

In order to help prevent rollaway type accidents, all late model vehicles are designed so that the transmission must be in park (or reverse for a manual transmission) before the ignition switch can be turned to the "off" position and the key removed. These vehicles are being recalled because the key can be removed when the ignition is not in the "off" position, increasing the risk of a rollaway type accident. Dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the ignition lock cylinder as necessary. 2 new keys will also be supplied and programmed as required.

These vehicles are being recalled because the weight on the key ring and/or a jarring event while driving may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the ignition switch to correct this concern.

One or both or the front turn signal/daytime running lamps may stop working because of loss of contact between the bulb and the socket. If a turn signal lamp is inoperative, others may react more slowly to a turning vehicle and a crash could occur. Dealers will replace the affected bulbs add add a daytime running light jumper kit as required. The General Motors recall number is 04095.

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2003 Saturn Ion Reviews

I've had my Ion 3 for over 8 years & put over 115k miles on it. it was the first new car I ever purchased & found it to be an excellent car! I live in the North East & put the car through Central NY winter road salt & VT back roads. I found it to have very good handling in the snow & at dodging between deer & guard rails. It had a tendency to be over powered & spin when leaving stops in icy ...

I absolutely love my Saturn Ion. It's 8 1/2 years old now and has 63,000 miles on it. Wonderful in the Ohio snow. Hugs curves. Comfortable on long trips. But the best part, for me, is how it climbs the mountains in North Carolina and Arkansas. No lagging at all. A burst of speed and we're at the top of the mountain! This is my 3rd Saturn, and the best of the bunch. Am so terribly sorry th...

I've had my Ion for seven years. In the beginning it was great, and I was excited to own my first car. I enjoyed the fact that the dashboard meters were located in the center dash as opposed to behind the wheel. I personally feel it makes it more visible and easier to keep track of your speed. For the majority of the car it worked from getting me to A to B, but if push came to shove and I had t...

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