Used Car of the Day: 2006 Saturn Ion Redline

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Saturn made just 260 2006 Saturn Ion Redlines in the color red, and today's UCOTD is one of them.

According to the seller, this car has been well-maintained and runs and drives well.

It's a manual with a sunroof. It has Recaro seats, A/C, and cruise control and the only flaws seem to be a crack in the dash and some cosmetic issues, such as a worn seat. It apparently also needs some paint.

As a reminder, these cars had a 205-horsepower supercharged four-cylinder and a rear spoiler. Saturn built 5,827 between 2004 and 2007.

This one can be yours for $5,900.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Tassos Tassos on Jul 14, 2023

    Tim may believe that Saturn is the most wanted brand in the US

    Guess again, Tim:

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Jul 14, 2023

    When these came out, along with the Cobalt and HHR SS, the auto press was GaGa over 200+ HP and better handling. I was daily'ing a Focus SVT and was intrigued by the torquey boosted EcoTec, so I drove a Cobalt and HHR SS at the local Chevy store ( no consideration given to the goofy and ugly Saturn with the stupid half door). What a disappointment. A Chevy Cobalt with 200 HP is just a faster POS. The same crap interior, awful fit and finish and terrible driving dynamics. The manual shifter felt like a stick in a bowl of Oatmeal. I hated it, the dealer knew so and immediate said they'll knock 5k off sticker. No thanks. I drove away in the Focus lamenting it's total lack of low-end torque but otherwise pretty happy to have it. Never gave one of these a second thought and zero interest in this one.

  • Bob65688581 We bought zillions of German cars, despite knowing about WWII slave labor. Refusing to buy something for ideological reasons is foolish.Both the US and the EU have imposed tariffs, so the playing field is level. I'll buy the best price/quality, regardless of nationality.Another interesting question would be "Would you buy one of the many new European moderate-price EVs?" but of course they aren't sold here.Third interesting question: "Why won't Stellantis sell its best products in America?"
  • Freshblather No. Worried there will be malicious executable code built into the cars motherboard that could disable the Chinese cars in the event of hostilities between the west and China.
  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.