Intrepidation

What happened to the 5-speed the Ion used to have?

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Intrepidation    848

I've been wondering..what happened to the 5-speed automatic the Ion had before its MCE? Why was it replaced by a unit with one less gear? Is teh four speed more durable or what?

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PurdueGuy    72

I'm not really knowledgeable on the Ion tranny stuff, but I posted a link to your Q on SixthSphere.com, so I should have an answer to relay to you soon, unless someone on here beats me to it, which they might.

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Satty    338

I believe the 5-speed and CVT were both deficient in the reliability category. Thats what I recall anyways. I think the 5a was outsourced (Aisin?) and the CVT was an in-house transmission, but I could be wrong on that.

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haypops    0

The change over from the 5 speed to the four speed occurred at the same time that the Cobalt was introduced with the 4 speed. That said, there were numerous complaints with the five speed unit. Engine revs would flair up at unpredictable times during shifts. Everyone who commented at the time at the Saturn forums said th four speed outperformed the 5 speed transmission. Better execution?

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ocnblu    773
I hated the CVT in the ION coupe I test drove before I bought mine. I see Ford did away with the CVT when they switched back to Taurus/Sable nameplates.

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