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Old 06-30-2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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Default Difference between Ion 1, 2, 3?

I have a 2003 Ion, but I wasn't the original buyer. From what I was able to find doing a search, the difference between the Ion 1, 2, and 3 is trim level (which I understand to mean feature package?).

I was just curious exactly what the difference was between them, and what do I have? I have a 2003 Ion four door sedan with automatic transmission and power locks. Everything else seems pretty standard (manual windows, no remote doors or start, etc).

Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-30-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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Sounds like an ION 2, the ION 1 usually doesn't even have the power locks (mine doesn't)
One way to tell is by the wheels if they're stock
ION 1s have 14" steel rims tire size 185/70/14
ION 2s mostly have 15" steel rims tire size 195/60/15
ION 3s have 16" alloy rims tire size 205/50/16

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Old 06-30-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: Difference between Ion 1, 2, 3?

I'd agree with Level 2. If you only had a moment's look (comparing in a lot)... The IP Cluster on a '03 ION-3 would have White Gauges. (Along with the Remote Entry, Power Windows,tire/wheel size etc.)

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Old 06-30-2011, 08:13 PM   #4
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sounds like a level 2. I have an 05 Ion 1. It has no power locks and has crank windows. came with 14 inch stock wheels. Everyone laughs at me because I dump all this money into mods for the car but still have the crank windows,lol

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Old 07-01-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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Snakes- Just be happy knowing you don't have the wiring issues that come along with the power windows/locks. On my Second repair (haven't dug in there yet) for the Driver's side power lock.
(Works when door closed or nearly. When open switch is non-functional, but lock continues to respond to "remote" command. So it ain't as bad as the first repair.)

You don't have that worry. Course you don't have TC, ABS, etc. so .

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:49 PM   #6
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Hello, I am sorry to hear about those probs. When I had my Honda the motor went on my power windows. Unfortunately I had to pay someone to work on it because I am not a Mechanic and dont know sh**t about my own car,lol. I know with my luck I prob would have probs with a power package in an my Ion. I wanted to install a remote start yrs ago and two places turned me down because they said that the Ions are electrical nightmares. not sure how true that is but the dealer told me no to do it also. so I've been even paranoid even not to install an aftermarket stereo and remote start. Thanks for helping me with the Tranny Questions. I pressed them and got the brand name and it is in spec.Thanks again, Dave

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Old 07-07-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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aftermarket stereos are no problem. remote starters can be a PITA on any car, though. passlock also typically doesn't seem to like remote starters, from what I've heard.

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