What is it that got you guys sold on the ION RL?? For me it was the sleek lines that reflected the styling potential of the original Ion coupe. My sister bought one in april of 04' and I loved the look of it. The inside, as most GM cars, left a bit to be desired. Then, I attended the 2004 Dayton Auto Show in late May that same year. I had heard about the upcoming performance version of the Ion, the Ion Redline. I had heard some power figures, yet, I had not seen the car. There was one at the show. Electric Blue and every bit as sexy as the XK8 they parked it next to. With the exception of the wing, it was almost exactly what I'd invisioned my version of the Ion would look like. The seats were a hundred time better that the "chairs" they put in my sister's Ion3. The revised gauges, the steering wheel was buttery soft and just the right diameter, with bolstering at 10' and 2'. My sis said it was too big, right, she had to bitch. The wheels. Probably the best I've seen on a sports compact, and rolling stock at that! As well as the meaty Dunlop Z-rated rubber that wrapped them. But the real item for me was the drivetrain. The fact that GM, with all it's penny-pinching and by-the-book business ethic, put a blown four in a Saturn. The numbers spoke volumes as to where the brand will soon go. That's 205hp with nearly 200lb/ft of torque, under rated and at the wheels mind you. I was beside myself. Do a little research on me and you'll fine that I'm a gearhead from origin. Day one. My earliest recalection was that of the beautiful sound of a small black 327 coming from my father's 1965 Corvette Stingray. She popped my cherry. And it popped again when I sat into the freash Ion Redline at that show. Finally, at 23, a driver's car I could afford! I worked my ass of at my as an EMT, we don't make that much mind you. Worked a private Ambulance service as well as Union FD. On October 27, 2004 I signed my name about a thousand times and drove off in my first new car, with a smile ear to ear! Despite all the "bugs" that those at this forum have addressed, I still have faith. This is a totally new endeavor for GM, god know they don't always get 'em right the first time...then the Chevette came out a second year! When they should have killed it and the designer. My aunt had one...long story. Anywho, I have opened this thread for those of you who want to tell your story of want made you say...,"The Ion's better". Now, don't get me wrong, with a few exceptions, I love ALL CARS! If you've not got a RL, no matter. Just post your love of the car you've got. 'Nuff said, Ya'll...I'm out!