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Old 10-29-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Dizzy 2003 Saturn Ion TRANSMISSION

I recently bought a Saturn Ion from a dealership, and only 30 days later my transmission is beginning to slip. They say that it's not possible because it runs on a belt- which I assume they're referring to the VTi transmission. They did say my car has the variable speed transmission. It's a sedan, and I've read on here that the coupes tend to have problems. Is there anything anyone can tell me more about this car? My dealership is being ridiculous and are useless. I need help desperately! I hear that the Saturn Vue transmissions were so bad they got extended warranty - and that the Saturn Ions might have that. Since it is a 2003, it is in it's 5th year. This car only has 56K on it. It should not be acting up! PLEASE HELP! Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 10-29-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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the coups are the ones with the VTIs, the sedans have aiasin 5 speed conventional automatic transmissions. Yes, even the ions have troubles with the VTIs, it's just not as quick to manifest because of the lower gross weight, the VTIs are death traps. The aisins are notorious for shift flare, that may be what you're experiencing, it's basically a hesitation to go into gear, but for a complete explanation, google it.

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Old 10-29-2008, 10:30 PM   #3
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The shift-flare problem resulted in the 5-speed automatic being replaced by an older but basically bulletproof 4-speed transmission in 2005 IIRC. Interestingly, Toyota uses 5-speed transmissions from the same company but haven't got half as much criticism for them as Saturn did for the Ion.

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Old 10-30-2008, 06:03 AM   #4
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because the general public thinks that anything toyota puts its name on is great, just look at the corolla, one of the most underpowered, poorly geared cars on the market, people complain the ion isn't fun to drive, but the corolla doesn't inspire anything more than going to sleep. and don't get me started on the camry.

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Old 10-30-2008, 10:21 AM   #5
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isn't there a software update for shift flare?

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Old 10-30-2008, 10:45 AM   #6
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there's a new flash that sometimes fixes it, but sometimes doesn't.

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