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Old 08-14-2019, 02:54 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Ion Control arm question

I need to change the control arms on my 2003 Ion 1 and from what I gather it does not have FE1 Soft Ride suspension. What exactly is the difference between FE1 and non FE1 control arms anyway? Are they interchangeable?

Will be ordering from and not exactly sure which part tpo order.I'd like to get the best price if I can. which appears to be Delphi TC5325 and TC5326. For some reason these do not seem to have the mounting bolt included like others do though.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 Ion Control arm question

When I replaced my Front Control Arm Bushings on my 2003 Ion-2 Sedan. I wrote down my VIN, called the Dealership (Parts Dept) & politely asked if they could confirm which suspension I had. Once I "CONFIRMED" my suspension, that helped me purchase my bushings with confidence.


If you pop your trunk & lift up the spare tire cover, you should see a "Service Parts Identification" sticker which will have your VIN number as well as other info & a bunch of 3-digit "RPO Codes". After looking at my 2003 Saturn Ion Service Manual, the suspension RPO code should be on this label. If describing it as a "Suspension RPO Code" incorrect, my apologies. Anyways....
FE1= Suspension System Soft Ride
FE2= Suspension System Ride, Handling
Also to sum my reply up since I have not fully answer your question, I hope this helps at least figuring out for sure which suspension you have.
Side Notes: From what I think I might know though, is that there is a difference & they are not interchangeable. If I recall correctly, there is a Steel Control Arm & Aluminum Control Arm versions which in my case I had the Steel ones. I would also HIGHLY RECOMMEND replacing the whole Control Arm instead of just the Bushings as I did.
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Old 12-03-2019, 05:10 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2003 Ion Control arm question

All control arms between the ion and cobalt are interchangeable.
Fe1 is soft ride and cheap for a daily.
Fe2 is a tad stiffer, but not much different.
Fe3 that was on the redline is for handling and has a stiffer bushing.
Fe5 on the cobalt ss/tc is an aluminum arm and the best upgrade on the market for these cars.

All base models came with fe1 suspension though.
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