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Old 09-21-2009, 02:29 AM   #1
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Default 2003 ion quad coupe stalls

hello, i own 2 saturns at the present time, a 2001 ls200 and a 2003 ion sedan. i have an opportunity to buy a 3rd which is a 2004 ion quad coupe. here is the problem, the car starts and idles fine but as soon as you shift the car into drive or reverse it stalls. the car will restart, but continues to stall when you try to shift it into gear. also, there seems to be a problem with the windshield wipers and i am not sure if this is related or not. the car was in an accident (light front end hit - no air bags deployed) and repaired. could this be a ground problem, a tcm problem (reflash). has anybody experienced this sort of problem. any information will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 ion quad coupe stalls

Most likely the car has the infamous VTi transmission.

If you can....walk away from the car and look for an 05 and up QC.

The problem may stem from the trans dragging the engine down until it stalls....

Do yourself a favor........walk away and tell the person selling the car "No thanks".......

You don't need the headache.....
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2003 ion quad coupe stalls

the VTI trans usually just won't move the car, but I suppose it could be that.....

and I agree, if you buy an ion with a CVT, buy it for very little assuming you are going to have to put an aisin 5 speed auto in it, or just find a nice sedan if you can't afford a newer car.
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Old 09-22-2009, 01:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2003 ion quad coupe stalls

i had one with a similar issue, would stall when you turned the headlights on, was a loose chassis ground up by the drivers side headlight
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