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Saturn ION, Electrical, Coupe, Sedan
#138 of 1223 Re: 2003 Ion won't start under 10 degrees [junkionowner]
Nov 25, 2008 (10:12 am)
Hey my name is cassie and we are having the same problem! We are going to call corporate but I think we should all join together and file a lawsuit so big they change the make of their vehicles. Good luck to all who are facing the same problems we are! I think the news is going to love this story! We have had a 2003 level 3 saturn ion for less than two years. When we called the Saturn dealership they said we needed to have another diagnostic done. We originally had it towed to Gattos and they would not even charge us because the manager said there was absolutely nothing he could do. Saturn said this NEVER happens so they would have to special order the piece at a charge of $416! I hate being lied to! It seems more than just "1 out of every 4000" have this problem!
#139 of 1223 Re: 2003 Ion won't start under 10 degrees [brutkowski]
Nov 25, 2008 (12:05 pm)
hey Cassie. I have a feeling no auto industry is going to possibly do a recall now that they are all screwed because greed. I think your best bet is to do what meron says or what I'm trying.
#140 of 1223 remote starter
Nov 30, 2008 (12:54 pm)
I was wondering if the remote starter everybody has been speaking about works with manual/standard transmissions. My wife's 03 ion 3 has a standard transmission. I've seen other remote starters that will work with standard transmissions and wasn't sure if the remote starter eveybody spoke about in this forum would work. Thanks.
Cold and Frustrated Husband
#141 of 1223 Re: May have found an easy solution to the starting problom [bertbaggins]
Dec 04, 2008 (8:07 am)
I have the same problem! Was the bypass switch helpful? I was thinking about installing a remote starter..
#142 of 1223 Remote start
Dec 04, 2008 (8:15 am)
I am not sure about manual transmission but my husband's is a standard and the remote starter works on his. He no longer has the problem starting the car as long as he uses the remote start to initially start his car and then puts his key in. Its nice too because he can just reach out the door and start his car to warm it up in the winter or cool it down in the summer and if anyone tried to take it it would just die on them (the doors remain locked).
#143 of 1223 Re: 06 Saturn Ion ignition solution [robert133]
Dec 04, 2008 (8:35 am)
I am considering getting a remote starter on my car but I have to wait until the end of the holiday season. Would a new key be a temporary solution? I have also "re-taught" my key (waited the 30 minutes for the pass-lock system to reset itself) but its such an inconvenience
#144 of 1223 Re: May have found an easy solution to the starting problom [taina]
Dec 04, 2008 (9:15 am)
I still do not have mine hooked up. I'm trying to find a way to hook it up without a remote starter. It seems like it should work, but the directions that come with the switch are for hooking it up with a remote start. I'm emailing some places that sell them to see if they have a solution for me.
#145 of 1223 Re: May have found an easy solution to the starting problom [bertbaggins]
Dec 04, 2008 (10:48 am)
I found an auto shop that will install the bypass without the remote starter--
this is their website http://www.concept2000autoaccessories.com/
They charge $175-$200..
Also, I would really like to try the wire idea that Meron suggested but I do not know any mechanic that would do it for me (and I am not comfortable trying it myself).
So until I can get the money for this--I would like to try getting a new key or valet key to see if it would help. Has anyone else tried this approach and found it successful?
#146 of 1223 Re: Remote start [tbsierra]
Dec 05, 2008 (11:34 pm)
Do you know where your husband got his remote starter?
Cold and Frustrated Husband
#147 of 1223 Re: May have found an easy solution to the starting problom [meron]
Dec 07, 2008 (9:24 pm)
I did the white wire cut yesterday, no problems starting so far. I also left it out for 12 hours in the cold to make sure, and it started right up.
Did notice that the clutch was a little sluggish when I started it, I doubt there's any connection there, beyond the fact that it's starting when it's out in the cold, and I may need some transmission fluid or something like that.
One thing that I did notice is that I'm getting the Service Vehicle error, everytime I start the car. Is there a way to have that code cleared, or would doing so cause problems with getting it started.
I will be posting up a blog post with picture on how to do this modification, anyone should be able to do it. I only had to buy a shopguide to confirm that I was cutting the right wire.