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Old 10-12-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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hi all
the previous ion i was looking at was sold.
i am now looking at another ion2

the vin#is1G8AZ52F13Z125558

its a canadian car.
looking for recalls or service history.
anything out of the ordinary.
also would like to know if it's a local nova scotia car.
thanks in advance
regards,jeff

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Old 10-12-2009, 08:16 PM   #2
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #3
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hi
thanks roadion.
that answers a few questions.
its a 2 owner car.
original to nova scotia.
looks like a lease to 2007 then sold off lot(as current owner claims)
no recorded accidents
no open recalls




once again thanks roadion.

is there anything specific to a 2003 manual ion that i should look for?
i am familiar with the rotors and pads and the bushing/end link trouble from our 2005 ion?also the clutch master cylinder/pedal squeak.

was there not a steering rack problem with earlier models?we never had a rack problem with our 2005.


now can someone check the service history on the saturn system.

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Old 10-13-2009, 09:43 AM   #4
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More info sent, to get a full service history report you'll need to find a Saturn store in Canada to look it up.

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Old 10-13-2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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thanks again RoadIon

went to view this morning,owner said there was a small scuff in bumper and i could have lived with that.
come to find out that the left front fender is cracked,and there is a hole thru the plastic dog leg( on same side).
apparantly it hit a cement post in underground parking.
no scrapes the whole length,only the front bumper/very tip of front fender and the dogleg.doors are fine.

the front fender only has a little crack,but the plastic dog leg would have to be replaced.it looks like its only held on with 4 body screws and the inner fender plastic push pins.

it did have traction control and abs which was a suprise.
brakes/bushings and endlinks were done last october.

owner did say that the rad fan was noisy and would have to be replaced,also saturn noted this on an oil change slip.there was signs of water leakage in the right part of the trunk(we had this repaired on our 2005)nothing in the spare tire or battery area.

owner wanted $3k
i offered $2500 before viewing.
i now think we are talking more like $2k
just want this for my 19yr old daughter to get to school and work(30km/day).
so i am undecided,will have to wait and see.

thanks for all the info.
regards,jeff

once all the saturn dealers close,will there be any way to get the info you sent me roadion?

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Old 10-13-2009, 07:09 PM   #6
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You are welcome Jeff.

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Old 10-17-2009, 12:55 PM   #7
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hi again
owner has taken our offer of $2k.

now for a bit of help.

1)i have verified that the coolent fan is very noisy,it still comes on and runs but sounds horrible.
vibrates like hell(sounds like broken fan blade but is not)
or out of balance.i cannot see the fan motor alone making that much noise.

is this easy to replace?can just the fan be replaced or does the whole fan and shroud get replaced as a unit?

2)the power trunk does not work,where would the relay be for this?dash/engine compartment or trunk?

3)how hard is it to get the outside plastic dogleg(part of rear wheel well)off?
it looks like 4 body bolts and some lower inner fender plastic tabs.

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Old 10-17-2009, 01:01 PM   #8
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thanks again RoadIon

went to view this morning,owner said there was a small scuff in bumper and i could have lived with that.
come to find out that the left front fender is cracked,and there is a hole thru the plastic dog leg( on same side).
apparantly it hit a cement post in underground parking.
no scrapes the whole length,only the front bumper/very tip of front fender and the dogleg.doors are fine.

the front fender only has a little crack,but the plastic dog leg would have to be replaced.it looks like its only held on with 4 body screws and the inner fender plastic push pins.

it did have traction control and abs which was a suprise.
brakes/bushings and endlinks were done last october.

owner did say that the rad fan was noisy and would have to be replaced,also saturn noted this on an oil change slip.there was signs of water leakage in the right part of the trunk(we had this repaired on our 2005)nothing in the spare tire or battery area.

owner wanted $3k
i offered $2500 before viewing.
i now think we are talking more like $2k
just want this for my 19yr old daughter to get to school and work(30km/day).
so i am undecided,will have to wait and see.

thanks for all the info.
regards,jeff

once all the saturn dealers close,will there be any way to get the info you sent me roadion?
The fan ... well you have to look into that as it's hard to tell whats wrong via the computor

Trunk does not open, check the switch inside of the trunk

Dogleg can be changed in a matter of minutes.

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Old 10-17-2009, 02:01 PM   #9
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thanks roadion
the fan is defiantly mechanical as it turns fine and spins freely(no rough spots in hand rotation) .
at speed it vibrates like hell.

also i noticed that the complete shroud can be moved forward and backward about an inch.like it is loose from the rad it's self.

should the shroud be loose or tight to the rad?
is it mounted with rubber or bolts?
thanks,again

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Old 10-17-2009, 02:58 PM   #10
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I really don't think the fan housing should be flopping around.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:00 PM   #11
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hi again.

the switch in the trunk worked perfectly.pt now works fine.

on to the next problem.
i am sure this problem wasen't there when i tested the car.

the control on the heater will not move between defog/floor/vents etc.

i am sure this just happened as i adjusted this before buying the car.
could it be the cable or the position switch?
i see some posts on foam coming loose in the heater box,i really hope it's not that one.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:07 PM   #12
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Could very well be the HVAC control head.

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Old 10-31-2009, 12:18 PM   #13
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hi
i am going to check the head control first,i am sure it worked ,as it would have been one of the things i was looking for.

if it's not the control head,all i really need is defrost/floor.if i remove the control head and radio can i see where the cables go into the air control box?
or can i cut the airbox open and remove the foam(if that's the problem)?

i will not be tearing the whole dash out ,as that is well beyond my capabilities.
is there a tsb for this that might help?


i got the car safety inspected on wednesday and i have ordered the dogleg from ontario.
i think i can live with the front fender/bumper scrapes.

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Old 11-09-2009, 12:40 PM   #14
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i am going to check the head control first,i am sure it worked ,as it would have been one of the things i was looking for.
regards,jeff
SYMPTOMS:AIR DEFLECTOR CONTROL NOT MOVABLE OR DOES NOT SWITCH AIR FROM VENTS/DEFROST/FLOOR/BI-LEVEL ETC. WHEN IT MOVES.

well there is joy.
nice weather today so i decided to tackle it on my lunch break.
i removed the front bezel and the radio.with this done you can look down where the back of the hvac is and the cables and gears.you could loosen the hvac bolts to tip the unit forward to see better.
i disconnected the air control cable from the actuator and operated it manually.if it works easily then you probably do not have the foam in heater box problem.
it worked fine with all deflections(upper/defrost/floor etc.)so i figured it's not the foam problem.

after looking at the temperature control cable and gears i found out that the gear on the air control side was out of socket and jammed behind a little pin that was supposed to run on the inside of the gear.
i lifted the gear up and reseated the pin in the track under the gear.all is now well.
at some point i might need a new control head but not now.
repair took about 3/4 hr and included me losing 2 screws in the side console.

i was more concerned about this problem than anything else that was wrong with this ion.

i wonder if people who might think ,they have the the foam in heater box problem actually have my problem.

once the radio is removed,it is very easy to see if the gear pin is out of track.

if it happens again i shall start looking for a new hvac control head.
regards,jeff

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