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Old 04-28-2013, 02:54 AM   #1
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I've been a die-hard Japanese car owner for the past 15 years - nothing but Hondas up until 2010, then I got a Nissan. Which turned me off on Nissans forever. A couple of friends have Ion quad coupes - one with a Redline, another with a 2004 Ion-2. They liked them, I liked the look of the quad coupe, and once I started looking at parts prices, I was sold.

Wound up picking up my 2006 Ion-3 quad coupe (5 speed) in January from CarMax. Had 67k when I got it, now has 71k. It's needed a couple of little things - new swaybar end link and a repair to the harness going to an evap solenoid (both done under warranty by CarMax), but it's been a fantastic car so far. Somehow it still has the original battery (with a mid-2005 build date). Interior looks brand new, hood has a few chips, otherwise the car looks brand new.

So yeah, that's my introduction, I guess.

My car is below. Yes, it's my photo. No, you can't use the photo as your own.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:27 AM   #2
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congrats!

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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First I'll say, very cool picture. Second we have a few 2007 or newer cars in the family, and our ION is by far the the most loved. It has never had one single repair done to it. Not one single repair of anything.

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Old 04-30-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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I'm not sure if I buy the story about switching from Jap cars. Does everyone think we should notify the site owner about allowing this guy to stay? The Ion photos could be a front...

I'm not sure how busy the Ion forums are, but if they are half as helpful as the S Series forums you'll find anything to want to find, and plenty of people to share the things you already know with. Welcome aboard.

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Old 05-05-2013, 11:45 PM   #5
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Hah. The build quality on this is on par with my last Accord (2001 that was purchased with similar miles), and definitely better than my Altima (1999). My only gripe about build quality is my sunroof rattles a little bit when closed - I just try to drown it out with the stereo for now.

I've been in a couple of 2's though, and there was a very noticeable difference in road noise. I don't know if the 3 has more sound deadening or if the 2's I rode in just had really crappy tires - mine's pretty quiet inside, very easy to carry a conversation in even on the highway. Much quieter than my Altima, on par with the Accord.

I have a few other photos of it. Yes, I'm a camera whore - all of these were shot with a Nikon D5100 + 35mm f/1.8. Yes, I'm quite aware the front tires only have the slightest suggestion of tread ... replacing them when I get paid. As you can see from one photo, I did swap the foglight bulbs for yellow - they make a very noticeable difference in rain/fog compared to the original white bulbs, even though they're the same wattage. Supposedly yellow has a longer wavelength, allowing the beam to go further? Only other planned upgrade will be a new stereo, once I find a nice double-DIN head unit (and drop the cash on the harness to keep OnStar working, since I actually do have it active).

The Ion forums don't seem to be that busy, but there's still a lot of good information in them.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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Those are some awesomely awesome pictures! Welcome to the forum too!

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