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Saturn ION Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • blue58blue58 Posts: 9
    Went with my mother to help her lease a Ion2 today. Told the salesperson that I was a GM supplier but they never quoted the discount price to me. They just kept saying that it would be 4-5% off the price they gave me. Anyway they gave me a msrp of 14699 minus $1500 in incentives. For 13199. This was off from the 12830 that Edmunds said people were paying. IF im leasing, does it matter what the final sales price is. They told me they couldnt take it down to the 12830. They said it would be the 139 month 0 money down for 39 months. I thought Saturn had a no haggle policy. This particular salesperson didnt seem to give any details. He was always very vague and didnt give detailed pricing like when I purchased other GM cars with my discount. I feel like I was not being told something or they were trying to make money on me. Was this the case? Why would they never quote me an exact price due to the GM supplier discount? My mother wanted specifics and they seemed to do everything possible to dodge them.
  • legalseclegalsec Posts: 31
    Hi, I've been out of the market for an ION and my brother-in-law might buy one. Would someone be kind enough to explain the effect of the current GM Employee Pricing system and flex cash certificates on the prior 2003 bargaining scheme, which consisted mostly of rebates and market adjustments? Thanks in advance. :)
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ....I just read yesterday (in the Chicago Tribune) that GM is making 'pricing adjustments' and adding equipment in some models (in lieu of 'Employee Pricing') and that the Ion2 sedan, at least, is supposed to go down in base price to something like $12490 (down almost $2500). It might be wise to wait a month til the '06s come out and see what materializes.
  • legalseclegalsec Posts: 31
    Thanks for the information. I'm not ready to buy yet, so I'll keep researching in the meantime. :)
  • Hi everyone. Please use the following discussion to post any questions that you have about leasing a Saturn ION. Thanks.

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  • Can you give me the resdidual values and MFs for a 36 mo 36k lease on a 06/05 ION 1/2?
  • vanman1vanman1 Posts: 1,397
    Saw an ad in the paper Saturday for 2006 Saturns. All MSRPs were down and they were "value priced". I'm in Canada but I am sure you will see it state side also,
  • a: If you were to lease a 2006 Saturn ION Sedan 2 through General Motors Acceptance corp. right now for 36 months with 12,000 miles per year, its base lease rate and residual value should be 1.34% and 47%, respectively. GMAC is no longer offering supported leases on 2005 Saturn models.

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  • i am in the market for a 2006 ion 2 in canada... are there any incentives or discounts i should be able to get out of the dealer? or is this no haggle policy true?
  • The Saturn purchasing experience was the best experience in car purchasing I had. Now I am trying to purchase a Honda 06 Civic, it has been a month and a half of futile negotiations, and a battle of wits against a hungry bunch of sales persons whose income depends entirely on commission and how much they can get the customer paid above invoice. I have been lured into showrooms where they do not even have the car. I have given spills that I must pay premium for a factory order. I have had misleading low ball offers that balloons. I have been offered dizzy financial schemes to rip me off.

    I long for the Saturn buying experience, but I want an improved version of the Ion.
    I like the 06 Honda Civic, but I hate the buying experience at Honda Dealers.

    Would a replacement of the Ion be coming out soon?

    Yours Sincerely, Manny
  • digindigin Posts: 1
    Saturn ION has a new 2.4L 170 HP engine that will also be used in the Sky...$990 option available in both the ion 2 and 3
    Adds Mucho pep...
    Great car for the money
  • brakbrak Posts: 11
    Hwy carman,

    MSRP is $18000 on ION 3 loaded.
    What are current Lease rate and RV for 36 months......
    Incentives......I have three months to buy a car.....
  • brakbrak Posts: 11
    Got a great deal and the full Saturn experience, the whole staff introduced themselves. They even paid the last three payments of the leased vehicle I was currently driving.....
    Note: It really helps to walk in with a great credit score 750+ as this lets them know you can buy any car, any where.......
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hey brak. If you were to lease a 2006 Saturn ION 3 Sedan through General Motors Acceptance Corp. right now for 36 months with 15,000 miles per year, its base lease rate factor and residual value should be 2.3% and 49%, respectively.

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  • danny14danny14 Posts: 14
    Can you tell me the residuals and MFs for manual 06 ION 2 for 24months/24k and 36month/36k leases?
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Greetings danny14. General Motors Acceptance Corp., Saturn's captive finance company, publishes lease rates instead of money factors for the vehicles that it leases. You can convert its published lease rates into approximate money factor equivalents by dividing them by 2400. GMAC's current base lease rate and residual value for a lease of a 2006 Saturn ION 2 Sedan leased for 24 months with 12,000 miles per year are 2.3% and 67%, respectively. the numbers for an otherwise identical 36 month lease should be 2.3% and 60%.

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  • tg50tg50 Posts: 1
    When I use the lease calculation formula from "leasing tips" I always end up higher than the lease quote from the incentives page at Edmunds. For instance....using the formula and the figures: $18500 msrp, $1995 due at signing, 39 months, 49% residual, and 2.3% money factor---I come up with about $263 per month. The "lease quote" on the Saturn Ion page is $218. Where am I going wrong?
  • berne1berne1 Posts: 5
    These websites differ in the way they quote, as many don't include taxes and fees due to state differences. Also, some sites don't include rebates. Because of legal issues, a lot of times mfr websites don't quote rebates & taxes. That's probably the difference. At the numbers you stated I would come up with the $263 with 6% tax and doc & title fees, however that does not include any rebates, so as a rule of thumb take off about $20-$25 per month for every $1K in rebates.
  • Anyone buy a Saturn ION in the DC area recently ?
  • Anyone buy a 2007 Ion 3?
  • I was looking at them. I couldn't really find what I wanted, '07 ION 3 w/2.4 auto and leather without a sunroof. And I couldn't order because they are stopping production in March. So now I'm leaning more towards the Hyundai Elantra. Seems comparable in size and price to me with the Elantra having a better interior, more standard features and better gas mileage. But that's just my personal opinion. Happy hunting!
  • rbogrbog Posts: 1
    I just test drove an ION 3 Quad Coupe last night, 5 Speed, good car! Since they stopped production on them for this year, I'm trying to get my hands on a black one, but with the sport package, so that it looks similar to the ION Red Line. I'll keep you posted.
  • I am going to look at a 2004 ION tomorrow. Has anyone had problems with their 2004 ION?

    Here is the info on it:
    Mileage 34,673
    Engine 4 Cylinder Gasoline
    Transmission 4 Speed Automatic

    2004 Saturn Ion ION 2 4dr Sdn Auto - - - Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Tilt Wheel, Remote Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release, Cruise Control, Tachometer, Security System, AM/FM Stereo, CD Player, Tinted Glass, Air Conditioning, Bucket Seats, Seats - Reclining, Folding Rear Seat(s), Center Arm Rest, Cloth Seats, Map Pockets, 5 Passenger Seating, Power Mirrors, Full Wheel Covers, Accent Stripes, Console, Cup Holders, Trip Odometer, Reading Lights, Clock, Air Bag - Driver, Air Bag - Passenger, Child Seat Anchors, Rear Shoulder Harness, Traction Control, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Front Disc Brakes, Anti-Lock Brakes, Front Wheel Drive, Child Safety Locks, Intermittent Wipers, Rear Defrost, Window Locks

    Do you think $8990 is good for it? Thanks!
  • selooseloo Posts: 606
    Sounds high! Check the Edmunds site for a good value on this car.

    My daughter has a 2003 model, it has been a good car thus far.

    Good Luck
  • Thanks! I am just a wondering if I am going to have problems with it as I have read half good and half bad reviews~
  • 2007 Saturn ION 2 Sedan 2.2L Auto w\ pref pkg 2. MSRP was $15,825.

    Used $1,000 down payment coupon from GMAC lease pull-ahead promotion - which covered the 6% sales tax. Dealer fees were $270. Financed $16,056.

    GMAC was offering 0% for 72 months on ION's.
    Payment is $223 per month for 72 months. Zero cash down. Zero interest.

    When test driving the 2007 ION, found it to be very quiet and smooth riding, noticeably quieter and smoother than our 2007 Toyota Corolla LE automatic, especially when accelerating from a stop. Handling was excellent. The ION's headroom and legroom was impressive for this class of vehicle.

    Dealership tried to sell us a bunch of extra profit add-ons, like overpriced warranties and that window etching scam thing, etc...
    We just had to keep saying, "No thank you, we are not interested in that."
    But so much for Saturn's "no hassle, no haggle" policy, huh?
  • Hello - I have a 2004 Saturn Ion 2 Sedan. The lease will be up in August of 2008 (I had a 48 month/12,000 mile per year SmartLease). I am at 47,500 miles now in March, and so I will be over my 48,000 mile limit by the time I turn it in. I was interested in leasing another Saturn (perhaps upgrading to a Saturn Vue). I was just wondering if anyone knew how Saturn was at writing off those extra miles instead of charging for them if I was to lease another Saturn? Besides this, the car is in immaculate condition. I know I would obviously be paying a little bit more a month for the larger vehicle, but I'm fine with this. I just wanted to know if I would get hit with a ton of over milage charges if I stuck with them for my next car as opposed to going to a different dealer. Thanks!
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