2004 Saturn Ion Owners Manual

So we got a new Saturn Ion for Margie over the weekend, and I was reading the owners manual last night.  I came to the section entitled "New Vehicle Break-in Guidelines".  The first guideline stated "Do not drive at any one speed-fast or slow-for the first 500 miles".  What????  As read, this means one must drive in a constant state of acceleration or deceleration for the first 500 miles on the car to properly break in the engine.  I’m sure that wasn’t the intent, and the statement should have been qualified by a mileage interval or something.  It’s hilarious what makes it past the editors of these drivers manuals.  They should be perfect for the money you spend on the product.

Posted by Rolly on 2 replies


01. Aug 16, 2004 at 09:21pm by Tasha Moyer:

Yay!!  Congratulations on the new car!  My Dad has an Ion and he loves it, and my brother in law has a Vue and also loves it.  Saturn makes really good cars, form what I’ve heard (and good gas mileage).  Anyway, be sure to drive at a constant speed and enjoy your new car!

02. Aug 18, 2004 at 01:11pm by Anthony:

That’s funny... yeah, documentation always seems to be more of an afterthought than anything actually useful or well-planned.

My VW manual has this funny comment in the brake section:

The ABS cannot overcome the laws of physics.

Rats... here I thought I was getting a device to poke a hole in the fabric of space-time, and yer tellin’ me it’s just a CAR??!?

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