The Saturn ION was a compact car sold by Saturn between the 2003 and 2007 model 2003 saturn ion manual pdf. It used the GM Delta platform. The ION replaced the Saturn S-Series in 2002, and was replaced by the new Saturn Astra in 2008. As of 2006, the Ion was the longest compact car sold in North America.
Production and sales of the ION had both ended in March 2007. The 2003 Saturn Ion quad coupe production car first appeared at the 2002 New York International Auto Show. The 2003 Ion came standard with a 2. The Ion’s instrument panel was mounted on the top center of the dashboard, rather than behind the steering wheel.
Other extras included fog lights, sunroof, and spoiler. The Saturn Ion Quad Coupe has half-sized rear suicide doors while the sedan has conventionally hinged doors. A Getrag F23 5-speed manual or an Aisin AF23 5-speed automatic transmission were available. The compact 5-speed automatic had several unique characteristics.
The transmission lacked an overdrive, allowing for five forward gears to be packaged in the size of a typical four-speed manual gearbox, both providing close gear ratios for better acceleration and fuel efficiency while eliminating the heat and parasitic loss generated by the additional planetary gearset. The 2003 and 2004 Ion Coupes were available with the VTi continuously variable transmission or a Getrag F23 5-speed manual.
For 2004, Saturn also re-calibrated the electric power steering, as well as upgraded interior materials, and offered new sound systems. In 2005, the Aisin 5-speed automatic transmission was discontinued due to a problematic trait known as shift-flare, which also occurred in other manufacturers’ cars using Aisin transmissions, such as Toyota. The VTi CVT used in the quad-coupes between 2002 and 2004 was also discontinued, for reliability reasons. GM’s 4-speed 4T45-E replaced both transmissions, becoming the only available automatic transmission option.
The 2005 ION sedan models also received a new steering wheel, the same one used in the 2004 ION coupe models. In the middle of the 2005 model year, the seats in the base Ion1 model received upgraded fabrics and a height adjustment feature. Quiet Steel” multilaminate sound-reduction technology was also introduced in 2005.
Under the hood, an acoustic engine cover was added to the engine bay to reduce noise emissions. The Level 2 and Level 3 models were offered with GM’s new standard radio, featuring MP3 playback. 4 L I4 engine with variable valve timing become available for the Ion3.