Hey guys, we are looking hard at the Ion Redline as a new addition to our driveway. I drive an Evo and my g/f drove a VW GTI 1.8T up untill recently when it met an untimely death. I would really appreciate some feed back on the redline.
1. Modibility. Is there anything out there for this car? Chips, reflashes, pullies, cams, exhaust?
2. Is car is pretty much the same as the cobalt SS?
3. LSD. Is one available for this car?
4. Changes for '05. Anything worth mentioning?
5. Problems. Anything I need to be warned about?
1.) Parts are on the way, we've contacted several manufacturers and they are making parts.
2.) Yes, it is pretty much the same. Smaller wheels, composite panels, MUCH better seats though! We have nice Recaro designed seats.
3.) There will be a LSD to our knowledge, ask about the Competition Package at the dealer.
4.) I dunno, what is different about the '05? I have one, I think it's just a little different ground effects? Or just the wing?
5.) Problems? Depends on who you ask, in my opinion, a few, but so far nothing that Saturn hasn't fixed ASAP. In MY case. A few people have had an issue with the Cam Postion Sensor, and an outdated ECM program. Both make the car run a little rough, and crank a bit long. In my case the Cam Position Sensor spun while I was at redline. Scared the hell outta me, but they fixed it all up in 3 days, and has been perfect since.
That said, get it! It's a great car. You can wait for the Cobalt, but they are the same car for all practical purposes. Both of them are an under-rated 205 hp, as far as we can tell, check some of the dyno reports. The handling on this thing is amazing for a daily driveable compact. I'm also not sure of what kind of price tag is on the ones that you're looking at, but you can get a pretty hefty chunk of change taken off the proce of it. Mine had a sticker of just under $24,000, and I got it for around $18,000.